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Bijan Stephen

Bijan Stephen is a writer in New York. His work has appeared in The New YorkerThe New RepublicEsquire, and elsewhere.


  • Music February 15, 2018

    The alt-R&B of Rhye

    Despite all of the sex baked into Blood, the album is striking for the sense of solitude that lurks beneath its surface.

    Bijan Stephen

  • January 30, 2018

    CupcakKe’s Undeniable Joy

    The exhilarating freedom and daring of Ephorize.

    Bijan Stephen

  • Media January 17, 2018

    What ‘The Awl’ Gave Us

    The Awl showed many of us that diving into the weird and marginal could be fun and meaningful—and still produce great writing.

    Bijan Stephen

  • Music December 15, 2017

    Lil Peep’s Optimist Love Songs

    Gustav Åhr was emo-rap’s most visible representative and the genre’s most mainstream success, but what set his music apart was not its despair but its deep sense of hope.

    Bijan Stephen

  • November 17, 2017

    Shamir’s Reinvention

    On Revelations, he trades the glitz and brashness of his early work for a more ruminative and uncertain sound.

    Bijan Stephen

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