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How Gayness Changed During My Lifetime
When I came out, I steeled myself to join a minority—only to find that my identity had become a marketing niche.
May 13, 2022
Farewell to Midge Decter, the Bigot on the Beach
The obituaries for the founding mother of neoconservatism fail to give a sense of how vile her opinions really were.
May 9, 2022
David Dennis Jr. on the Movement That Made Us
Author David Dennis joins the show to talk about his new book,
The Movement Made Us
May 4, 2022
An Intimate History of Hong Kong
A conversation with Karen Cheung about her memoir
The Impossible City
, the nascent Hong Kong literary tradition, and understanding a period of upheaval through art and cultural expression.
April 5, 2022
The Fantasias of Niki de Saint Phalle
Her art aimed at the creation of two things: the fashioning of a new self and a new world.
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March 14, 2022
The Incurable Optimism of Dave Grohl
In his new memoir, the Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighter front man charts his swift rise in the music industry.
February 23, 2022
Claudio Lomnitz and the Vertigo of Translation
In his generations-spanning new book, the anthropologist tracks the story of Jewish life in Latin America through the travails of one family.
February 21, 2022
I Helped Publish “Maus.” Never Once Have I Regretted It.
If you truly want a teenager to read any book with gusto, the first thing you need to do is, of course, ban it.
February 4, 2022
What Art Spiegelman’s “Maus” Means to the Children of Survivors
On banning the book that changed what we talk about when we talk about the Holocaust.
February 3, 2022
In Search of Self-Destruction on an Oil Rig
is an intimate and blistering memoir of a writer’s life amidst the UK’s offshore natural gas industry.