- annie abrams
MS. AND MRS.
Minding my potty mouth on the phone with the girl who used to be my best friend.
- anaheed alani
- carl albrecht-buehler
CHAPTER & VERSE.
Gazing at the man behind Solaris, author Stanislaw Lem.
- steve almond
A rare glimpse of the glamorous underbelly of an author’s reading tour.
- jake alrich
LA REPORTA SCENA.
An evening of Latin death metal at La Kueva.
- samantha bornemann
It’s been 10 years since the lovers of Before Sunrise failed to keep their promise. Are they happy with that?
Adam Langer talks about his first novel, Crossing California, the demise of Book magazine, growing up in Rogers Park and more.
Marah’s Serge Bielanko wasn’t always so good with a guitar. That and other revelations in our Q&A.
[06.30.2004]BOLD NEW WORLD.
The grades are in for Gilmore Girls, the latest series to brave TV’s college curse.
After five years Will Leitch retires his online column, Life as a Loser. A Q&A.
Old favorites like Middlemarch offer new views.
Short story author Steve Almond talks reading and writing — and wimps out of the one tough question we asked.
Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal dishes on magazines in a post- Might world, motherhood and chasing a Poet Laureate.
The Playboy Advisor talks about being a sexpert, a zine fiend and a successful Playmate interviewer. Meet Chip Rowe.
Fear and paranoia: How do you keep it together when the office body count keeps rising?
The defecating burglar: My cat saw it all, but she’s not talking.
Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann has a single aim. His films are meant to make you — every last one of you — not think, but feel.
Affectations that become habit. The cult of Kicking and Screaming, Noah Baumbach’s 1995 film.
May I have that dance? In search of the perfect foxtrot.
- damon brown
Part Two: The message in the Tarot cards is clearer than ever before, but she doesn’t want to see it.
Part One: A visit to a New Orleans psychic uncovers Joy — or something like it — in my future.
- kevin bullis
Thinking I belonged in the lab, they handed me the drill. A writer plays scientist.
- justin cioppa
My night at the fair with Tommy: I’m not sure I can help this brother out.
- marcus civin
Eden, Enough: An essay in images.
- andy cline
On baseball underdogs: Would fans recognize the Cubs — or themselves — if the team won it all?
[11.28.2003]THE SPORTING LIFE.
How baseball saved my life.
- jason deboer
Short short fiction: Anniversary.
- david elliott
For me, indie film means Lloyd Kaufman, and the Toxic Avenger.
- trish elms
Short fiction: My terror ends in masks, zippers and blood on the rug. Part II of II.
Short fiction: Moving out, one CD at a time. Part I of II.
- alison evans
A dream job found and lost, her dotcom gig remains an affair to remember.
[01.01.2002]EIGHT DAYS A WEEK.
Diary of a temporary jack-of-all-trades searching the web for signs of life.
- a.p. friday
The good, the bad and the funny. Why Kurt still matters 10 years after his death.
- mark e. greene
How to make a movie on no budget.
Romantic Chemistry: Stable couples and disruptive pairs FINALLY explained.
Our resident scientist wants you to recycle. Ignore his advice at your — and your Diet Coke’s — peril.
- glenn jeffers
There’s someone out there committing crimes under my name — which is why I spent Easter evening in the back of a squad car, scared to death.
The opportunity of a lifetime for a young journalist: The Florida recount knocked me on my ass.
- emily kagan
Oh, the horror: The best and brightest take to the dance floor.
- ben kim
To California with love. A long-distance romance begins.
Midwestern living has changed the look of New York.
[10.22.2002]LOVE & MATING.
Starter marriages and the single man. What’s with the stampede to the chapel?
- shana naomi krochmal
Lesson learned: I am a New Yorker. And I love this city now more than ever.
[09.21.2001]WHAT’S ON TV.
You’ve gotta know when to go: On primetime hits that are past their prime.
- minter krotzer
- a. richard langley
Pucker up for Vampire’s Kiss, a twisted take on the undead world of publishing.
- paige maguire
It was hard work hating high school, but I gave it my all in the interest of being … unique.
- elijah marshall
LOVE & MATING.
I’m 24 and a virgin. Am I saving myself? Yes — for a girl who will have sex with me!
- jennifer mathieu
NOT YOUR DAY.
Never mind Ms. Post — this is the real bridesmaid’s etiquette.
At work they told us we could go home if we felt uncomfortable. I can’t figure out how to feel any other way.
This urban cowgirl can’t imagine hanging her hat anywhere but Houston.
No more Yo La Tengo, no more thrift-store identification badges of cool — this girl’s hipness has tragically and suddenly passed on.
Things to do in high school besides homicide.
A rant from the good old days… Why George W. Bush is like a yeast infection.
Cultural assessment surveys and mandatory screen savers? Is this a workplace or a cult?
- corey mesler
I lost my head — briefly — for The Thing That Couldn’t Die.
So many books, so little time. But you never forget your first great book, or second, or third…
- bryson meunier
Producer, songwriter, musician, engineer… It’s all about music for Brian McTear. Meet the man behind Bitter Bitter Weeks.
How Lucinda and Miller Williams inspired me to ‘fess up to my N.W.A.-smuggling past.
[06.03.2004]CHANTS & VERSE.
Protesters with posterboard, poets with pictures.
[04.23.2003]EIGHT DAYS A WEEK.
My guide to rockin’ and copywriting.
Why Felicity is so freakin’ smart, and why I’m sad to see it go.
Short fiction: An excerpt from The Commuter.
[04.12.2002]CHAPTER & VERSE.
A young writer takes the Kafka challenge.
Yes to The Royal Tenenbaums, its music and its misanthropes.
- paul w. morris
LIGHT & DARK.
Ghosts linger amid the temporary Towers in Light at ground zero.
- doug mosurak
Enumerating the acts of reckless violence in Seagal’s comeback of the year.
- lindsay muscato
MEMO TO D.C.
A trip to the dentist yields personal insight: It’s time to yank me out of here.
- drew nielsen
Paris Dispatch: Just how the hell did I end up in France after graduation?
- gregory perez
Call her the second city all you like, but Chicago’s my number one girl.
- sonya poller
Ten lessons learned during my year in Newcastle.
- jessica popover-cimino
Misdirected mail: Her very first letter to a famous person — and she chose Chris Klein.
- m. kathleen pratt
Peace Corps reality replaced the hypothetical when I boarded a plane for a two-year stay in the West Indies.
- dan ratner
- amy krouse rosenthal
15 MEGABYTES OF FAME.
The long-running humor column visits ShinyGun.
- ted sablay
Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne dishes on touring with Beck and chatting up Ted Danson.
- dan safarik
Part Two: Would he find foreign romance on his journey? Not with this many American girls on the loose in Europe.
Part One: A young American in Europe. A tragicomedy of Daedalian proportions.
- robin schorr
Who’s that guy? One woman’s ode to the world of Grease 2.
- ellen shanman
Brutal Liza is back — and Right Before Your Eyes.
The FDNY lost many Brothers — many heroes — when the WTC towers fell.
- andrew skwish
EIGHT DAYS A WEEK.
Time out of mind: A week in the life of an artist for hire.
- erik solita
LOVE & MATING.
Married; then unmarried.
- michael solita
Meet Jim Baur, the man playing classical guitar at a ceremony near you.
[09.10.2003]BOYS W/ BUZZ.
An attempted email debate on well-hyped band the Strokes and the machine they rode in on.
Hey Mercedes frontman Bob Nanna talks music, fritters and the view from the stage.
[07.12.2001]PHOTOS BY M. SOLITA, APRIL 26-30, 2001.
Photo Essay: They hang like grapes on vines that shine. Capturing California.
Things to do in high school besides homicide.
- jon solomon
EIGHT DAYS A WEEK.
Ever wonder what it’s like to run an indie record label? We got the details from the man behind My Pal God.
- siri steiner
I couldn’t stop rewinding, because that ugly kid on the videotape was… me.
- j. ryan stradal
A Reality TV staffer explains why the format is a network’s wet dream.
- prescott tolk
How to procrastinate.
- paul toth
My educator: Emmanuelle.
- cathy vail
THE SPORTING LIFE.
How baseball brought my sex life to life.
- andre vospette
“Chicago needs an enema” — that and other ruminations on the Great Midwest Metropolis in this email excerpt.
- joan wilking
Short fiction: Unhappy Marriage.
- meredith zeitlin
There are two kinds of luck. Only one of these is to be trusted.
Unemployed and undermined at every step. Who let the world get so cold?
I wait and wonder, as if by thinking about it I will have some say in the outcome.