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Hunter S. Thompson’s Harrowing, Chemical-Filled Daily Routine

E. Jean Carroll's 1993 memoir of Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) opens like this:<p>I have heard the biographers of Harry S. Truman, Catherine the Great, …

No Matter What Rachel McAdams Plays, She Plays for Keeps

Before there was Rachel McAdams, the Academy Award nominee and tough-as-nails star of films like “Spotlight” and television series like “True Detective,” and before there was Rachel McAdams, the romance queen and star of “The Notebook” and “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” there was Rachel McAdams, who …

Rachel McAdams

Watch Joan Baez Endearingly Imitate Bob Dylan (1972)

Joan Baez was already heralded as the “Queen of Folk” by the time Robert Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan arrived in New York City. Many things brought him to …

Bob Dylan

William S. Burroughs Narrates a Claymation of His Grim Holiday Story “The Junky’s Christmas”

Let’s face it, the holidays are a miserable time of year for many people. Writers have mined this fact for pathos and much dark humor in stories …

William S. Burroughs

Christopher Eccleston: I don't get offered Shakespeare roles because I have a northern accent

When Christopher Eccleston takes to the stage as Macbeth in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest production, it will be one of the hottest tickets of the year.<p>But the actor has claimed that he only got the part because he wrote a letter to the RSC asking to be considered. Eccleston has been …

William Shakespeare

Edna O’Brien: Lolita author Nabokov was ‘scathing of women’

‘Country Girls’ author on ‘our unhinged times’ as she receives $50,000 Pen award

News (Ireland)

Patti Smith and the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame

Last weekend the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame had its seventh ceremony to induct six West Virginia artists: Fred “Sonic” Smith, The Morris …

Patti Smith

Sarah McLellan Joins Ensemble Studio Theatre as Executive Director

Current Executive Director Paul Slee will depart EST after a decade.<p>Ensemble Studio Theatre will welcome Sarah McLellan as its new executive director …

The Theatre

Meryl Streep Rips “Pathetic” Harvey Weinstein For Using Her Name In Lawsuit

<b>EXCLUSIVE:</b> Meryl Streep won one of her Oscars for playing Margaret Thatcher in <i>The Iron Lady</i> and, like the late British Prime Minister, the acclaimed …

Meryl Streep

Laurie Metcalf has been acting for four decades. She’s finally on the verge of stardom.

NEW YORK — Actress Laurie Metcalf does not do fancy. Her boxy white handbag hails from Target, “my favorite place to shop.” In a cozy Theater District cafe, she appears in a blunt-cut bob, jeans, sneakers, an oversize sweater, without a dab of makeup, a glint of jewelry.<p>Metcalf prefers to work the …

Laurie Metcalf

Ten of the best classic Bob Dylan covers

Exactly 50 years ago this week one of the most fondly remembered bands of the 1960s, Manfred Mann, were at the peak of their popularity with their …

Emmylou Harris

Osamah Sami on reliving his life on stage: 'I was bawling my eyes out'

The Melbourne comedian’s new play picks up where his film Ali’s Wedding left off<p>Osamah Sami has taken Socrates’ dictum to heart: the unexamined life is not worth living.<p>So far the Melbourne-based writer and comedian has explored his early years in a film, Ali’s Wedding, a memoir, Good Muslim Boy, …

Australia

Paris Review - Hunter S. Thompson, The Art of Journalism No. 1

Interviewed by Douglas Brinkley and Terry McDonell<p>Issue 156, Fall 2000<p>In an October 1957 letter to a friend who had recommended he read Ayn Rand’s <i>The Fountainhead</i>, Hunter S. Thompson wrote, “Although I don’t feel that it’s at all necessary to tell you how I feel about the principle of …

Literature

Selections inspired by Salvador Dalí’s surreal wine book

The great artist’s left field approach somehow makes sense<p><b>Domaine Elodie Balme Rasteau France 2015 (£19.50, The Sampler).</b> A couple of Christmases back Taschen released one of my favourite, albeit largely impractical, cookbooks. First published in 1973, <i>Les Dîners de Gala</i> was the work of Salvador …

Salvador Dalí

Viola Davis: If I’m the Black Meryl Streep, 'Pay Me What I’m Worth'

“We get probably a tenth of what a Caucasian woman gets, and I’m number one on the call sheet,” the “How to Get Away With Murder” actress says<p>Viola …

Entertainment

For the Stars of ‘Black Panther,’ Superpowers and Responsibility

For all its sci-fi sparkle and requisite fate-of-the-world stakes, the most salient aspects of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” may be the most basic: It is the first major superhero movie with an African protagonist; the first to star a majority black cast; and in Ryan Coogler (“Creed,” “Fruitvale …

Marvel Universe

Patti Smith's Newest Memoir Puts Writing in the Spotlight

Writing is a meditative act; writing is an act of devotion. Why else do writers tremble before a blank page? Why do writers retreat to silence and …

Literature

The Deliberately Ambiguous Time Traveling Love Story Told in the Bob Dylan Song ‘Tangled Up in Blue’

YouTuber Polyphonic, who does incredibly informative video essays about music, took a long deep look at the iconic Bob Dylan song “Tangled Up in …

Love Stories

Neil LaBute Fired as Playwright-in-Residence at Leading Off-Broadway Theater

MCC Theater cut ties with the Tony nominee and canceled the production of his latest play, 'Reasons to be Pretty Happy.'<p>MCC Theater, a top-tier …

The Theatre

Viola Davis Says Pay Her Like You Pay White Women

Viola Davis is sick of Hollywood’s shit.<p>The accomplished actress is a Juilliard graduate who has won an Oscar, a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and …

Viola Davis

From Salvador Dali to Jeff Koons, a New Show Reveals the Artists Behind History’s Great Album Covers

On View<p>"Art & Vinyl" showcases a century of surprising collaborations between artists and musicians.<p>,<p>Since vinyl records first began appearing in …

Art

Don't Recognize These Black History Icons? You Will After Watching These 7 Documentaries.

Get to know their stories.<p>With Black History Month upon us, we're here to make sure you're paying it the attention it deserves. Though we should all …

Black History

Tom Hanks to lead Los Angeles production of Shakespeare's Henry IV

Tom Hanks can add “fat knight” to his ever-growing resume.<p>The film star is poised to make his official Los Angeles stage debut as one of …

Los Angeles

How Andy Warhol brought sex to the silver screen

For an artist who claimed the most exciting thing about sex was “not-doing-it”, Andy Warhol sure filmed a lot of it. Despite being best known for his killer one-liners and artistic commentaries on snobbery and capitalism, Warhol also amassed a lesser-discussed filmography of queer, sex-positive …

Andy Warhol

Is Chicago the Poetry Capital of America?

In some countries, cultural capitals are easy to identify: Paris, Copenhagen, and Buenos Aires are synonymous with the arts in France, Denmark, and …

Literature

A standing ovation: the honesty of a British audience or the X-Factorisation of the theatre?

I remortgaged and went to the theatre last week. We saw Network, the National Theatre’s electrifying production of the 1976 film about a television news anchor who goes loopy. It was especially thrilling because my boyfriend and I had “dinner tickets”; tickets that mean we were sitting onstage, …

Downton Abbey

Virginia Woolf in her own words

In 1908, at 26, Virginia Woolf began writing what would become her first novel, <i>The Voyage Out</i> (published in 1915). A century later and the British author would be known as one of the most prolific names to ever grace the literary world. However, Woolf’s writing wasn’t as widely acclaimed and …

Literature

A Visual Tour of 35 Literary Bars and Cafés from Around the World

In our habitual fantasies, writers do nothing but sit at small café tables, sometimes meeting with their friends, other times gazing wistfully into a …

Literature

Timothée Chalamet to star as The King in Netflix's Henry V film

Oscar contender Timothée Chalamet, fresh off roles in <i>Call By Your Name</i> and <i>Lady Bird</i>, is heading to Netflix to prove his might as Henry V, EW has …

Timothée Chalamet

Watch a Trailer for Bob Dylan's Gospel Tour Film 'Trouble No More' Featuring Michael Shannon

The film , a combination of live footage from Bob Dylan’s notorious 1979-80 “gospel tour” and Luc-Sante-penned “sermons” delivered by Michael …

Michael Shannon