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Paris Review - Jay McInerney, The Art of Fiction No. 231

Interviewed by Lucas Wittmann<p>Issue 217, Summer 2016<p>Jay McInerney at work on <i>Bright Lights, Big City</i>, 1983.<p>Few novels stand for a place and time the way <i>Bright Lights, Big City</i> stands for downtown Manhattan in the 1980s. Narrated in the second person, Jay McInerney’s first novel tells the story of a …

Meet Rock's Historian: The Man Who Captured the '60s on film

<i>(Neil Young at his Laurel Canyon barn, circa 1969. Credit: Henry Diltz.)</i><p>If I had a time machine, I'd head for Laurel Canyon in the late 1960s.<p>At the time, Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon was world unto itself -- a desert collective, bursting with counter-culture creativity, a haven for the young and the …

Werner Herzog says skip film school and take his online class

Taking a course in making movies from a famous, unconventional director is a rare opportunity. Now students can get advice from New German Cinema director Werner Herzog in an online filmmaking class at MasterClass.<p>Herzog -- best-known for making over 70 groundbreaking films and documentaries such …

Trailers

The Big Stories This Week: Trump Psychology, the Worst Congress Ever, and More

<b>“A Psychological Portrait of the Man”</b><p>What drives the Donald? Our latest magazine cover story offers a look into the mind of the Republican front-runner. “Who is he, really?” asks psychologist Dan P. McAdams. “How might he go about making decisions in office, were he to become president?”<p>This week, …

The Photographer Who Captured Bob Dylan’s Electric Transition

Daniel Kramer took intimate photographs of Bob Dylan during the musician’s transformation from king of folk to rock pioneer. Here they are in a beautiful new book.<p>The sheer magnetism of <b>Bob Dylan,</b> the brooding centerpiece of a changing musical vanguard, is visible on the covers of two of his most …

Hunter S. Thompson’s son shocker: “Hunter was surprised and pleased that I actually grew up apparently sane”

<b>(AP/Kathy Willens/Reuters/Rick Wilking/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Salon exclusive: Juan F. Thompson discusses Hunter’s wild times, suicide — and why he didn’t want his dad’s life<p>Alex Norcia<p>January 4, 2016 12:29am (UTC)<p>When Conan O’Brien tried to get Hunter S. Thompson to appear on his talk show, the …

Mind

You Think You're Cold? Here's What It's Like To Live In Siberia

<i>What is it like to live in Siberia? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Leysan Makhmutova, Former journalist, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia, on Quora.</b><p>Oh, there is a lot of fun in Siberia …

Teenage Boy Posing As Clown Causes Local Panic In Wisconsin

The boy's mother claims he's just "doing it for laughs," but people were still spooked.<p>A teenage boy caused a small Wisconsin town to freak out simply by doing what teenagers do best -- clowning around.<p>It all began in early November when Anna Linde’s 15-year-old son decided to go in front of his …

With Every Twitch, Gesture and Sneer, Donald Trump is a Sincere Six Year-Old

Eventually people tell us who they are. Some politicians and performers obscure it with dramatic techniques, so we have to listen more closely. Not so with Donald Trump. With every movement and sound that he makes, Trump tells us the truth and reveals himself. He explained this to me in the five …

13 Wildly Creative, Healthy Breakfasts Your Kids Will Love

Morning routines can become, well, pretty routine (and that’s the best case scenario). Most of the time it’s more like a mad dash -- wrangling your kids to get up and out of bed, making sure they’re packed and organized for school, and taking the dog out for a walk all before 8 a.m. You do your …

The Purpose-Driven Life? No Thanks!

A lot of people these last few thousand years seem to be obsessed with something called "purpose" --especially with people having a purpose, actions having a purpose, life having a purpose.<p>Why does everyone care so much about having purpose?<p>Because the idea of purpose is part of the definition of …

Michel Houellebecq: A writer who benefits from translation.

At the beginning of Michel Houellebecq’s new novel, <i>Submission</i><i>,</i> Houellebecq, perhaps unwittingly, analyzes himself. “The beauty of an author’s style,” …

Understanding Miles Davis, in 9 Parts

When <i>Miles Ahead</i>, directed by and starring Don Cheadle, premieres at the New York Film Festival in October, it’ll mark the first time that the jazz …

Interview: George Saunders and Ben Marcus

<i>Since his first book appeared in 1995, Ben Marcus has been an essential, radical and incendiary presence in American letters. What distinguishes his</i> …

James Baldwin Saw America as It Was, and How It Would Be

The writer's best work, dating back to the '60s in Esquire, told us what was to come.<p>"I may be paranoic, Lord knows, anybody <i>can be</i>, but I am sick of these literary cocktail parties where people congratulate themselves because I, Jimmy Baldwin, have made it. Well, screw 'em. <i>I</i> made it. <i>They</i> didn't do …

40 Years of Stephen King in 20 Quotes

This week in history, iconic horror writer Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947.<p>King is one of the most pervasive authors of the modern …

John Banville on the Utter Mystery of Writing

When John Banville was a teen-ager, he wanted to be a painter. Banville was born and raised in Wexford, Ireland, and on weekends his mother would take him into Dublin to go to Combridges, a bookstore that doubled as an art-supplies shop. Along with an easel and paints and brushes, he insisted on …

A Conversation with Don DeLillo and Jonathan Franzen

Watch: Charlie Kaufman Explains Why Making Movies ‘Sucks’ (TIFF Talk)

Watch: Charlie Kaufman Explains Why Making Movies 'Sucks' (TIFF Talk)<p>Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran are having a September that will be …

Misunderstanding the Holocaust has made us too certain we are ethically superior to the Europeans of the 1940s. Faced with a new catastrophe – such as devastating climate change – could we become mass killers again?<p><b>It was 20 years after I chose to become a historian</b> that I first saw a photograph of …

World History

Photograph: Everett/Rex<p>Charlie Kaufman (right) with Philip Seymour Hoffman (left) and Michelle Williams during the making of Synecdoche, New …

Animation

Matt Damon and Project Greenlight Think Only Pompous White Guys Deserve Chances in Hollywood

The current iteration of <i>Project Greenlight</i>, which premiered last night on HBO, shows that…well, not a lot has changed in Hollywood since the first …

‘Mindfulness’ Messes With Your Memory

If Oprah practices mindfulness, it must be a good thing—right? But new science disagrees.<p>Mindfulness—that buzzword that means, “focusing on emotions …

David Foster Wallace and the Perils of “Litchat”

I knew the late David Foster Wallace a very little bit—not much to speak of, really, but I wrote about his work often. An interview that I did with him during the book tour for “Infinite Jest,” in 1996, achieved a surprising longevity. I reviewed his essay collection “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll …