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)

The Protagonist

Vulture staff writer E. Alex Jung profiles Sandra Oh, the first actress of Asian descent to be nominated for an Emmy award in the lead drama category.

Source: Vulture
Published: Aug 21, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,141 words)

Dinosaurs: The Making of TV’s Saddest, Strangest Sitcom Finale

In 1994, a group of talking dinosaurs warned humanity about the end of our world.

Source: Vulture
Published: Aug 7, 2018
Length: 4 minutes (1,173 words)

In Conversation: Kathleen Turner

“I never really studied acting… In fact, the master classes I do, my course is called Practical Acting. You shut up and do it.”

Source: Vulture
Published: Aug 7, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,400 words)

In Conversation: Billy Joel

Billy Joel talks about performing in his late 60s, why he stopped writing songs, the problems inherent in not owning your own recordings, and his opinion of the state of America today.

Source: Vulture
Published: Jul 23, 2018
Length: 22 minutes (5,610 words)

Henry Taylor’s Wild Heart Can’t Be Broken

Essayist Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah profiles the figurative painter Henry Taylor.

Source: Vulture
Published: Jun 28, 2018
Length: 31 minutes (7,897 words)

Misogyny is Boring As Hell

Journalist Lila Shapiro speaks to Carmen Maria Machado, author of the short story collection Her Body and Other Parties, about her upcoming television series and the unfolding of the #metoo movement within the literary world.

Source: Vulture
Published: Jun 14, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,502 words)