How Much for That Pepe? Scenes from the First Rare Digital Art Auction

Art in the age of mechanical reproduction was supposed to be devoid of the aura of the artist. How could something be original if everything could be copied? Crypto boosters suggest the blockchain can restore some of this lost luster, and they’re ready to use it to create an entirely new art market

Published: Jan 23, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,600 words)

On Basquiat, the Black Body, and a Strange Sensation in My Neck

Aisha Sabatini Sloan weaves together recollections of her own neck injuries and back pain with a study of visual artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s diligent, abstract renderings of body parts and bones.

Published: Oct 26, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,268 words)

What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?

We is an escape hatch. We is cheap. We is a way of simultaneously sloughing off personal responsibility and taking on the mantle of easy authority.”

Published: Nov 20, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,175 words)

Skiffle Craze: An Interview with Billy Bragg

On the Paris Review, Alex Abramovich talks with Billy Bragg about skiffle, the history of music, and duck jokes.

Published: Aug 1, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,745 words)

Walter Mosley, The Art of Fiction No. 234

A prolific writer of fifty-four diverse books, and widely known for his Easy Rawlins crime series, Walter Mosley talks with The Paris Review about race, creativity, the book publishing industry, the confines of genre and his three decades depicting Black American life.

Published: Mar 8, 2017

A Number of Reasons I’ve Been Depressed Lately

In this day and age, this is a pretty short list.

Published: Jun 5, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,313 words)

The Feminine Heroic

Megan Mayhew Bergman explores how women, often excluded from adventure narratives, carve out their own heroic space.

Published: Apr 11, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,735 words)

Like Art

Making art is hard. For some people, it isn’t hard deciding to make art for commercial purposes.

Published: Feb 27, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,310 words)


Do you own your pet, or does your pet own you? This deceptively simple piece of short fiction explores fertility and fragility, and the ways we fail to protect those we love.

Published: Oct 1, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3,709 words)

Collector’s Item: What was the Princess Diana Beanie Baby?

Planning to finance your retirement with your Beanie Baby collection? Think again.

Published: Oct 24, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2,001 words)