Saxon Baird: The Dying Days of Vinyl in Reggae’s CapitalFebruary 2014
While foreigners buy up the relics of Jamaica’s musical heritage, reggae culture lives on in Kingston.
Tina Hassannia: An Iranian in ParisDecember 2013
Asghar Farhadi’s The Past raises questions about what makes a film Iranian and how we should treat that category in the first place
Robert Reich: When Charity Begins at HomeDecember 2013
The problem with charitable donations.
Rebecca Wolff: So Long, SuckersOctober 2013
“Oh, it’s just so fabulous in New York, you can really just learn to step over people’s suffering bodies.” A response to Didion’s famed 1967 essay.
Tom Engelhardt: The Secret History of G.I. JoeAugust 2013
Barbie, Joe, Darth Vader, and warmaking in children’s culture.
Alexia Nader: Literary MiamiOctober 2012
The broad strokes of Tom Wolfe’s Back to Blood and the subtle specificity of Joan Didion’s Miami.
Aaron Labaree: Postcard from Tar-Sands CountryAugust 2012
The rush to mine Canada’s bitumen deposits has created modern-day boomtowns. This summer one of them lost its oldest bar.
Raymond Stock: Omar Sharif SpeaksApril 2012
In this never-published interview legendary actor Omar Sharif speaks about fathering a half-Jewish son in a one-night-stand and working on a bawdy, nearly forgotten film with Peter O’Toole.
Strangers in the Dark: Tana Wojczuk Interviews John GuareMarch 2012
American Playwright John Guare on Tennessee Williams, writing strong dialog, and discovering a New Orleans lost in history.
Barbara Ehrenreich: Rediscovering PovertyMarch 2012
How we cured the “culture of poverty” but not culture itself.