Our Brother Kaizen

“He would be called a murderer and a domestic terrorist. But to us, he was family. Our struggles with systemic racism were the same.”

Source: Vulture
Published: Jun 4, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,858 words)

Cops Are Always the Main Characters

Cop shows humanize cops. They align us with the police. They desensitize us to police violence. It’s time to turn that CSI marathon off.

Source: Vulture
Published: Jun 1, 2020
Length: 5 minutes (1,375 words)

If I Wrote a Coronavirus Episode

“Tina Fey, Mike Schur, and 35 more TV writers on what their characters would do in a pandemic.”

Source: Vulture
Published: Apr 2, 2020
Length: 27 minutes (6,812 words)

Don’t Be a Jerk to Your Online Humor Editor

McSweeny’s Internet Tendency editor Chris Monks catalogues some of the rudest responses to his rejections of humor writers’ submissions to the site.

Source: Vulture
Published: Nov 4, 2019
Length: 6 minutes (1,627 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)

How to Unlearn Everything

“When it comes to writing the “other,” what questions are we not asking?”

Source: Vulture
Published: Oct 30, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,461 words)

Bong Joon-ho’s Dystopia Is Already Here

Bong Joon-ho’s work reflects anxieties he feels every day—about the climate crisis, the widening income gap. “My films generally seem to have three components: fear, anxiety, and a kekeke sense of humor,” he says, using the Korean equivalent of “ha-ha.” “Humor comes from anxiety, too,” he adds. “At least when we laugh, there’s a feeling that we’re overcoming some kind of horror.” In his view, our world is already a dystopia, and all tragedy and comedy flows from this fact.

Source: Vulture
Published: Oct 7, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,200 words)

Walking Time Bomb

“I thought, Is trying to direct a movie really what you want? Don’t you want to just rest? Or be with your family? And Stacy has said to me, ‘Why should I stop doing what I love? What am I going to do? Just sit in this chair and die?’”

Source: Vulture
Published: May 14, 2019
Length: 27 minutes (6,840 words)

‘The Unthinkable Has Happened’

Jayson Greene recounts the tragic day his 2-year-old daughter, Greta, was struck unconscious by a brick that fell from a windowsill and rushed to the hospital. An excerpt from Greene’s memoir, Once More We Saw Stars.

Source: Vulture
Published: Apr 10, 2019
Length: 20 minutes (5,233 words)

Elton John Is Not the Man They Think He Is at Home

On Elton John’s surprisingly slow start to his career, the seeming inauthenticity of some of his songs, and the incredible stamina he maintains for live performances at age 71.

Author: Bill Wyman
Source: Vulture
Published: Oct 18, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,478 words)