Christopher Bollen


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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.