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Petra Collins and Her Collective of Young Artists Aren't Afraid to Have a Little Fun - PAPER

"Should I wear this?" Petra Collins asks her friends, actress/artist India Salvor Menuez and illustrator Alice Lancaster, who are patiently perched on the edge of a rooftop in Chinatown. She's deciding between two looks for Paper's photo shoot -- a white athletic crop top and overalls with a single …

Watch a Mesmerizing Clip of '80s-Era Bill Murray Doing Tongue Twisters - PAPER

Sarah Silverman sings to us about the difference between divas and cunts. [via Uproxx]<p>Such portrait. Much art. [via Tall Whitney]<p>Sweatstain grumpy cat. [via The Clearly Dope]<p>Here's the official portrait of the royal family of Denmark. Welcome to the nightmare factory. [via Laughter Key]

Paris Review - Philip Roth, The Art of Fiction No. 84

Interviewed by Hermione Lee<p>Issue 93, Fall 1984<p>Courtesy of Philip Roth<p>I met Philip Roth after I had published a short book about his work for the Methuen Contemporary Writers Series. He read the book and wrote me a generous letter. After our first meeting, he sent me the fourth draft of <i>The Anatomy</i> …

Literature

Paris Review - Milan Kundera, The Art of Fiction No. 81

Interviewed by Christian Salmon<p>Issue 92, Summer 1984<p>Milan Kundera, ca. 1980. Photograph by Elisa Cabot<p>This interview is a product of several encounters with Milan Kundera in Paris in the fall of 1983. Our meetings took place in his attic apartment near Montparnasse. We worked in the small room that …

Literature

Paris Review - Boris Pasternak, The Art of Fiction No. 25

Interviewed by Olga Carlisle<p>Issue 24, Summer-Fall 1960<p>Portrait by Auenkoff, 1960.<p>Fragment of a letter from Boris Pasternak to a fellow poet:<p>“The melodic authenticity of most of your work is very dear to me, as is your faithfulness to the principle of melody and to “ascent” in the supreme sense that …

Literature

Paris Review - Toni Morrison, The Art of Fiction No. 134

Interviewed by Elissa Schappell, with additional material from Claudia Brodsky Lacour<p>Issue 128, Fall 1993<p>Toni Morrison, ca. 2008. Photograph by Angela Radulescu<p>Toni Morrison detests being called a “poetic writer.” She seems to think that the attention that has been paid to the lyricism of her work …

Literature

The Existentialism Files: How the FBI Targeted Camus, and Then Sartre After the JFK Assassination

Today, as you must surely know, marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination and also surely marks a revival of interest in the …

Charismatic Psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan Gives Public Lecture (1972)

The footage above is from an extremely rare – and unexpectedly entertaining – video of the philosopher and psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan (1901-1981), …

F. Scott Fitzgerald Creates a List of 22 Essential Books, 1936

In 1936 -- perhaps the darkest year of his life -- F. Scott Fitzgerald was convalescing in a hotel in Asheville, North Carolina, when he offered his …

Bob Dylan & The Band at Isle of Wight Festival, 1969

Bob Dylan and the Band caught on b&w half-inch open reel videotape at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 31, 1969. Dylan had rejected an offer to …

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Good Short Story

When it came to giving advice to writers, Kurt Vonnegut was never dull. He once tried to warn people away from using semicolons by characterizing …

The Troggs Tapes: ‘Put a Little Bit of F***ing Fairy Dust Over the Bastard!’

Reg Presley, lead singer of the Sixties rock group The Troggs, died Monday at the age of 71. The Troggs (short for Troglodytes) are often mentioned …

The Things They Buried

Idecided to move across the country when I was nineteen years old. It was a strategic separation from everything I knew and found familiar—and for …

George Orwell on how to make the perfect cup of tea

Judith Butler on the value of reading and the humanities

Anaïs Nin reads from her famous diary (1966)

Lou Reed on balancing raw force with raw vulnerability

Lou Reed on Bob Dylan

From Jack Kerouac to Ayn Rand: Iconic Writers on Symbolism, 1963

In 1963 — long before Twitter, email, and even the Internet itself as we know it — a 16-year-old high school student by the name of <b>Bruce McAllister</b> set out to settle a dispute with his English teacher over whether symbolism existed as a conscious device authors employed in writing. So he devised a …

Life in Five Seconds: Minimalist Pictogram Summaries of Pop Culture and Historical Events

While reductionism in science might be a terrible idea, graphic reductionism in pop culture can be a source of endless delight. In 2011, Milan-based creative agency H-57 brought us an entertaining series of minimalist pictogram flowcharts depicting famous lives, from Darth Vader to Jesus. This …

Vladimir Nabokov on What Makes a Good Reader

<i>“All attempts at gaining literary polish must begin with judicious reading,”</i> H.P. Lovecraft advised aspiring writers. We’ve already seen that reading is a learned skill and an optimizable technique, and that non-reading is as important an intellectual choice as reading itself, so it follows that …

American artists pictured in their studios

Art

Temples of books: The world’s most beautiful libraries

Architecture critic Jonathan Glancey writes in praise of the world’s great storehouses of knowledge – from the vaulted frescoes of Spain’s Escorial to the timber enigma of China’s National Library.<p>‘Print is dead’ has been the mantra of publishing and new media executives for so long now that a book …

Books

The most spectacular staircases in the world

Architecture

The Velvet Underground: As influential as The Beatles?

Shunned in the ‘60s for their avant-garde, shocking rock, The Velvet Underground were more important to music’s future than the Fab Four, argues Greg Kot.<p>When Lou Reed died a few weeks ago at the age of 71, I wrote an obituary asserting that Reed and his band The Velvet Underground influenced …

Velvet Underground

Watch The Snob's Dictionary | Teeth Snob: “Bored to Death” Creator Jonathan Ames Explains How to Perform Self-Dentistry | Vanity Fair Video | CNE

Long before he created HBO’s <i>Bored to Death</i>, writer Jonathan Ames dabbled in a bit of self-dentistry. He explains how, with a small drugstore-bought tool and no health insurance, he managed to keep his teeth plaque-free and “invincible” for nearly 20 years.

Dentistry

Madame Ambassador

A young mother in Ghana symbolizes what one nation has achieved in the fight against AIDS. But it’s not just a Ghanaian success story—it’s an American one too.<p>One very warm morning late last August, I was given a tour of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, in Accra, Ghana’s bustling capital city. The …