Christopher Bollen


Lucky DeBellevue Paints the Sexy, Tortured Worlds of Rainer Werner Fassbinder

May 13, 2024

“I didn’t want to shy away from sexuality,” says the downtown painter, who painted stills from a number of the German director’s films for his new solo exhibition.


Lexi Freiman Wrote the Year’s Funniest Novel. It’s About Ayn Rand.

December 5, 2023

“I do think we’ve been terrorized by lunatics on Twitter for long enough now.”


Will Benedict’s Pandemonium Is Living in a Bubble of Camp

November 9, 2023

“Riots are probably pretty good publicity, in France anyways.”


“It’s a Bit of a Puzzle”: Justin Torres on His Sophomore Novel, Blackouts

October 10, 2023

“For my own personal development, as somebody who’s interested in literature, I’d rather fail.”


Lina Bo Bardi and Bottega Veneta’s Matthieu Blazy Take Brazil

June 1, 2023

The latest installment of Bottega Veneta’s The Square, in São Paolo, revives the generous creative spirit of architect Lino Bo Bardi.


Jannik Sinner Is Ready for Tennis Superstardom

May 1, 2023

Talking cars, dietary concerns, and rivalries with Italy’s next great tennis player.


Marcus Brutus Likes Making a Mess

October 31, 2022

Our editor-at-large called up the artist to discuss painting, thinking like a fashion designer, and what it means to be “self-taught.”


Andrew Sean Greer Finds Himself

September 20, 2022

Christopher Bollen talks to the Pulitzer Prize-winning author about his second novel “Less Is Lost,” a gay odyssey for our weird, divided age.

Chris Pavone Is Reinventing the Revenge Novel

June 22, 2022

The author tells us what’s lurking under the surface of “Two Nights in Lisbon.”


Meet Eight Artists Reshaping the 59th Venice Biennale

April 21, 2022

The celebrate most diverse roster in the history of the biennale, we spotlight eight people showing their work this spring in the most beautiful city on the planet.


The Novelist Mona Awad Pushes Shakespeare off the Stage

August 2, 2021

The Canadian author joins us to discuss the deep entanglement of tragedy and comedy in her latest novel, “All’s Well.”


Omar El Akkad on “the Privilege of Instantaneous Forgetting”

July 23, 2021

The Egyptian author joins us for a conversation about his second novel, “What Strange Paradise.”


Katie Kitamura on the Psychological Residue of Bearing Witness

July 16, 2021

To celebrate the release of “Intimacies,” the author reflects on the allure of the thriller genre, her rationale for the novel’s setting, and all that gets lost in translation.

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“I’ll Make You Bigger Than Life”: A Few of Catherine Opie’s Favorite Portraits

June 25, 2021

The eponymous new monograph serves as a reminder of all the reasons the Los Angeles–based artist is one of the most radical and sharp-eyed artists of this century.

required reading

Hermione Hoby’s Virtue Captures the Seduction of New York City

June 21, 2021

“The author might have just written the defining New York City novel of our fraught, socially anxious, and politically tumultuous times.”


Novelist Andrew O’Hagan’s New-Wave Ode to Youth and Friendship

May 26, 2021

The Scottish author’s latest novel, “Mayflies,” is a particularly personal project, and a promise fulfilled.


Thomas Grattan on His Dazzling Debut Novel, The Recent East

March 15, 2021

The author discusses his city in Germany, real and imagined.

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Peter Schlesinger Documents a Yemen That No Longer Exists

March 11, 2021

The photographer’s new book “Eight Days in Yemen” offers a rare look at a republic still recovering from recent unrest.

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For Louis Fratino, Painting Offers a More Permanent Kind of Pleasure

March 10, 2021

The artist’s work seems to exist in its own floating, fantastical world, a purely authentic dinner table ruled by joy, relationships, and communal moments of intimacy and wonder.


Author Daniel Loedel on Ghosts, Tango, and “The Odyssey”

January 18, 2021

The Brooklyn-based debut novelist wrangles with the forces of love, torture, and death in his ghost story, “Hades, Argentina” set in the 1970s.