Kafka’s Other Trial: The Letters to Felice


Jesse Kornbluth reviews Elias Canetti’s book on the life of a deeply divided man.

“Orange is the New Black” Ventures into Privileged Territory


Netflix’s new prison dramedy tackles race relations, sexism and America’s dubious promise of social mobility.

Gambling Man

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Titanic Thompson was a brilliant con man, a world class engineer of stunts and easily the most outrageous character you’re likely to encounter in a book of non-fiction.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt On Journalistic Integrity and Honoring Loved Ones

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Massively-talented actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt made an appeal today about the way his brother’s death was portrayed in the media that caused Joanna Schroeder to think about what really matters in storytelling.

Reading for All Mankind: Good Men, Manga Style


A new series of biographies retells the lives of history’s great men—in comic book form.

Music: Mary J. Blige Plays Nina Simone in Biopic

The queen of hip hop soul is getting her gritty together to present the legendary songstress on film,

The Good King of Comedy: Our Tribute to Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis’s brother used to strip him down and drag him across the lawn, holding him by his ankles so passing cars could see his naked, pubescent body. But Zach didn’t mind. It’s this kind of nonchalance toward trauma that sculpted the good man I think should be the new king of comedy. Galifianakis is […]