Christopher Bollen


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.

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How Lucky DeBellevue Came to Expose Some of History’s Greatest Artists

December 17, 2020

“Let’s just say I’ve used a lot of artistic license.”


Ladies and Gentlemen, the Great Joan Didion

December 10, 2020

The iconic writer answers some questions about her favorite films, why she still loves New York, and what she had for breakfast.


Michelangelo Signorile on the Perils of Complacency and “Victory Blindness”

November 2, 2020

“Too many people jump in, think they change laws, think it’s over. It’s never over.”

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The Poet Terrance Hayes Says Hope, Like Faith, Has Little to Do with Reason

November 2, 2020

“What’s the opposite of hope? Apathy? Cynicism? Despair? I choose to lean in the direction of hope.”


Kevin Young on the Righteousness of Voting Rights

October 30, 2020

“Emerson said civil disobedience is not a right, but a duty.”


Senator Ed Markey on Shooting Hoops and Saving the Planet

October 29, 2020

“I go into my driveway and shoot free throws. And then I get to work.”


Chris Jackson on Why the Status Quo is Killing Us

October 28, 2020

“There’s no way to MAGA our way back to a purer past.”


David Rothkopf Finds Hope in the History of Progress

October 27, 2020

“I’m more concerned about the root causes of our political problems than I am about the virus. We will manage that.”

required reading

Bryan Washington’s Very Quiet Concerns

October 27, 2020

With his debut novel, the author delivers a gay breakup book that’s also so much more.

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A New Book Shows Why Camilla McGrath Was the Lens of the Party

October 26, 2020

“Face to Face: The Photographs of Camilla McGrath” is a gorgeous, jet-set testament to the delicious depth of the McGraths’ personal address book.

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Karla Cornejo Villavicencio On Why She Avoids Anger (And Why White Men Should, Too)

October 9, 2020

“I think of anger as the wick that I light on the candle that is called F*ck White Supremacy, Save Our People.”


Author Rumaan Alam on Why Doomsday Prep is Rather Useless

October 6, 2020

“Nothing will save you, not seclusion or food or sourdough starter.”

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Justin Vivian Bond on the Inevitability of Assholes

September 17, 2020

“The ignorance of people never shocks me and I never underestimate it.”

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David Adler on the Decline of American Exceptionalism

September 8, 2020

“Our passports have turned from gold to garbage overnight.”

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Colm Tóibín on the Inefficacy of Political Conversation

September 1, 2020

Despite it all, the Irish author and essayist remains devoted to the United States.

tennis, anyone?

The Rise and Pause of Taylor Fritz, America’s Next Great Tennis Star

August 31, 2020

The 22-year-old looks to cause a racket at this year’s U.S. Open.