Finding the Tune

Anton Webern’s Concerto, Opus 24 “would,” in pianist Mark Wallace’s words, “determine the course of my life.” Only years later did he understand why.

Published: Nov 10, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,619 words)

Jami Attenberg’s #1000WordsofSummer Turned a Corner of the Internet into a Supportive Literary Community

An essay on #1000WordsofSummer, the two-week-long public writing-accountability project novelist Jami Attenberg offered to writers for free, via Twitter, Instagram and TinyLetter, from June 15th through June 29th of 2018.

Published: Aug 18, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,694 words)

Friends and Enemies: On Slogan Tees

“Rather than a sign of increased polarization, of increased political energy, the popularity of the slogan tee is evidence of the dissolution of the political.”

Published: Jul 16, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,702 words)

Andouni: The Shared and Unshared Songs of Armenian Exile

“I don’t know if it was true or not, but it was part of the story.”

Published: May 11, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,052 words)

Spark Connection

Kirsten Tranter is cleaning out her closet. But her clothes don’t spark joy, they spark memory.

Published: Oct 26, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,969 words)

The Fantasy of an Enemy

“It’s still raining in Houston, and Game of Thrones is not a show about climate change, not really, because it’s possible to win The Game of Thrones.”

Author: Aaron Bady
Published: Aug 29, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,635 words)

“What Are You Doing Here, Sister?”

“In the beginning, there was a plane; and then there was an airport. And then there was a language. And then there was a city that taught me to live. This queer city, this brown city — this queer brown city. Finally, finally, I am home.”

Author: Lamya H
Published: Jul 7, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,897 words)

The Anthologies of John D’Agata

Literary feuds often feel sad and empty, but intelligent, measured critiques advance human knowledge and get people thinking. Although not a response to the recent Atlantic piece about writer John D’Agata’s take/mistake on the essay form, this piece by another essayist adds many welcome dimensions to this ongoing debate around the definition and nature of the essay, and the role of facts and art in storytelling.

Published: Jul 28, 2016
Length: 33 minutes (8,401 words)

‘There’s Something to Be Said About the Show’s Insistence on Under-Thinking It’

Aaron Bady on Stranger Things and its ’80s influences.

Author: Aaron Bady
Published: Sep 1, 2016
Length: 7 minutes (1,867 words)

The Los Angeles Review of Cups

Maria Bustillos reviews Chipotle’s new literary series, curated by Jonathan Safran Foer:

Jonathan Safran Foer’s new Cultivating Thought: Author Series at Chipotle has a slightly uncomfortable name. It suggests that we Chipotle patrons had just kind of been sitting here, mowing down our lunches, blankly existing, uncultivated, thought-less, until Foer came along with his “brainchild”: to provide us all with short works from famous writers printed right on our soda cups and burrito bags. But so many literary lions participated that I was instantly wild to read Chipotle’s whole catalog. I have now done so, and will review each publication below.

Published: May 20, 2014
Length: 6 minutes (1,672 words)