“It’s easy to bash white middled-aged men in America. As a member of that privileged group, I’ll admit that much of the bashing has been warranted: No group in the history of the world has been given and squandered more than the white man. Yet the American white man is responsible for enough suicides annually that Madison Square Garden could not hold all the victims. And no matter how privileged, that’s somebody’s dad, someone’s friend, someone’s brother and someone’s husband.”
The climate is changing. It will change our world irrevocably. If the scale of the change is too staggering, maybe we need something in addition to science: “But artists can register scale. They can transpose the fact of melting ice to inundated homes and bewildered lives, gauge it against long history and lost future.”
“Multimillion-dollar lawsuits, a haze of booze and hash, a marriage gone very wrong, and a lifestyle he can’t afford – inside the trials of Johnny Depp.”
Before he gave himself to rock and roll, the Velvet Underground frontman was a college poet who studied journalism and cofounded a literary magazine named for an Ornette Coleman song. After the Velvets disbanded, Reed briefly left music for literature once again.
In the most recent of a more than 20-year long catalogue of R. Kelly’s alleged abuses against women, a former girlfriend speaks out speaks out about the terrifying years she spent with the singer.
Laura Rena Murray chronicles the dangers trans teens face as they attempt to create a life for themselves while living in the streets of New York City.
A profile of punk poet Eileen Myles, who has a new memoir out, Afterglow, and whose first autobiographical novel, Cool for You, has recently been re-released with an introduction by I Love Dick author Chris Kraus.
Myles (who prefers gender-neutral pronouns) has been publishing since the 70s, but has lately been experiencing a new wave of popularity, and gathering new young fans, because of their Twitter presence, and also because of the character inspired by them on Transparent. Myles speaks with interviewer Helena Fitzgerald about the importance of poetry and art as forms of resistance right now, under the current U.S. presidential administration.
Mexico’s most widespread, violent drug cartel has $20 billion dollars in savings, owns half the Jalisco police and keeps expanding. Instead of growing heroin or marijuana, they manufacture methamphetamine, which has a higher profit margin and requires no open fields. They flew under the DEA’s radar by selling in Europe, Asia and Australia instead of the US. They’re based in a coastal regionwith busy shipping ports and even used submarines to avoid detection. They have a complete disregard for human life. They’re called the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación, or CJNG, and they’re very successful.
Stephen Rodrick goes on tour with the comedian as Rock grapples with post-divorce life and preparations for a new comedy special.
An interview with Patricia Resnick, who wrote the original screenplay for the painfully-still-relevant 1980 office comedy featuring Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin. It ran in December 2015 on the 35th anniversary of the film’s release. Still relevant and radical in 2017.