Wrangling stories to understand the world.
In “Nightcrawler,” Lou Bloom’s pursuit of power leaves literal bodies in his wake. But his twisted sense of work ethic reveals one truth: success isn’t everything.
“Palm Springs” turns the time loop trope into a lesson for modern times.
For folklorist Jeana Jorgensen, portal fantasies helped her navigate one of the hardest semesters of her life. When fairyland rejects you, what happens next?
In “Douglas,” comedian Hannah Gadsby uses an essayistic technique as social commentary, opening the door to stand-up that feels both personal and grounding.
Released in 1995, the themes in “Jagged Little Pill” are just as relevant today.
“In the Flesh” and “Black Sails” use the historical connection between queerness and monstrosity as the base to their stories on how the world creates its oppressed.
In “The Adventure Zone,” comedic trio the McElroy Brothers have created a space of inclusion, levity and “no bummers.”
Writer Alex Garland forces characters to confront their own fears — with mixed results.
What to read in May — featuring Emma Straub, Genevieve Hudson, Andrew David MacDonald, and Gish Jen.
When do you reveal magic in a story? In Bushnell’s “The Weirdness,” magic is secondary to character.