Nathan Fielder Is Out of His Mind (and Inside Yours)

On the axis of cringe comedy, Nathan Fielder’s work on TV series Nathan For You ranks somewhere between Sasha Baron Cohen and Covering Your Eyes and Ears to Escape the Vicarious Embarrassment. But Lila Shapiro’s profile, coming just ahead of Fielder’s return to television, attempts to peel back the layers of artifice between man and world.

As the series progresses, the line between Fielder’s life and work blurs, until he finds himself at the center of his own experiment. At times, he seems to question the wisdom of manipulating people the way he does. When the teacher likens him to Willy Wonka, he looks disturbed. “Isn’t he the bad guy?” he asks.

Published: Jul 5, 2022
Length: 28 minutes (7,122 words)

The Undoing of Joss Whedon

“You could view it as a story of female empowerment or as the opposite — the titillating tale of a woman in leather pants who is brutalized by monsters.”

Source: Vulture
Published: Jan 17, 2022
Length: 35 minutes (8,989 words)

The Spine Collector

“For years, a mysterious figure has been stealing books before their release. Is it espionage? Revenge? Or a complete waste of time?”

Source: Vulture
Published: Aug 17, 2021
Length: 27 minutes (6,877 words)

Who Gave You the Right to Tell That Story?

“Ten authors on the most divisive question in fiction, and the times they wrote outside their own identities.”

Source: Vulture
Published: Oct 30, 2019
Length: 20 minutes (5,189 words)

Misogyny is Boring As Hell

Journalist Lila Shapiro speaks to Carmen Maria Machado, author of the short story collection Her Body and Other Parties, about her upcoming television series and the unfolding of the #metoo movement within the literary world.

Source: Vulture
Published: Jun 14, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,502 words)