You Don’t Have to Be a Superhero

“Recent onscreen depictions of autistic adults reflect our growing understanding of a lifelong condition.”

Source: Vulture
Published: Feb 17, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,217 words)

Quarantine Brain

“Nothing made sense this year — unless you were on the internet.”

Source: Vulture
Published: Dec 7, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,050 words)

Thandie Newton Is Finally Ready to Speak Her Mind

“What I am evidence of is: You can dismiss a Black person. If you’re a young Black girl and you get raped, in the film business, no one’s going to fucking care. You can tell whoever the fuck you want, and they’ll call it an affair. Until people start taking this seriously, I can’t fully heal.”

Source: Vulture
Published: Jul 7, 2020
Length: 31 minutes (7,920 words)

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)