Selected Writing

Stephen Colbert: America’s Catholic.

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Move over, Antonin Scalia. Stephen Colbert is now America’s Catholic.

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What If Your Mother Had Aborted You?

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Well, since Rick Perry brought it up, I’ll answer.

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Art of Darkness: How Bigelow made the year’s most controversial movie

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“Sometime in the late 1970s, the young visual artist Kathryn Bigelow had a thought-provoking conversation with a friend-of-a-friend by the name of Andy Warhol. “Andy was saying that film is way more populist than art—that art’s very elitist, so you exclude a large audience,”

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Pattinson and Cronenberg on Cars, Cosmopolis and Fans Who Care

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TIME sat down with Cronenberg and Pattinson — fresh-faced, sweet, totally affable, smoking an electronic cigarette — in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood the day after the New York City premiere of Cosmopolis. We mostly stayed on topic, if occasionally tiptoeing awkwardly around the heartbroken vampire-elephant in the room.

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The Master’s Joaquin Phoenix Interview

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In Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master Phoenix plays an alcoholic, traumatized World War II veteran who comes under the sway of Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), known to his acolytes as Master, the founder of a Scientology-like movement known as the Cause. The day after The Master’s North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, I sat down with the press-shy actor.

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Subject for Debate: Are Women People?

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All my adult life, I’ve been pretty sure I’m a sentient, even semi-competent human being. I have a job and an apartment; I know how to read and vote; I make regular, mostly autonomous decisions about what to eat for lunch and which cat videos I will watch whilst eating my lunch. But in the past couple of months, certain powerful figures in media and politics have cracked open that certitude.

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Brought to you by the letter I

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An essay commissioned as part of the Museum of Modern Art exhibition Ecstatic Alphabets / Heaps of Language. I. THE PLEASURE OF THE TEXT “I invited a friend of mine over for dinner,” says the man ruefully. The gray-faced, middle-aged fellow is a squiggly animation, made of skinny, put-upon lines that form sluggish shapes. His…

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Are Women People?

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I’ve always assumed that women are fully autonomous human citizens—who vote, even!—but now I’m not so certain

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Can MDMA Heal Psychological Trauma?

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O senior editor Jessica Winter spent a year conducting many hours of interviews and research on the potential of MDMA—the main ingredient in the party drug Ecstasy—to help heal psychological trauma. Here she shares highlights of her investigative process. O: How did you get interested in the therapeutic uses of MDMA? Jessica Winter: A few…

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Knocked Up

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As funny and endearing as Judd Apatow’s proudly vulgar new comedy can be, it may give the viewer nostalgia for the sequence in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) when Jennifer Jason Leigh falls pregnant by a guy she shouldn’t be with, promptly gets an abortion, and rides back from the clinic with her brother, who takes her out for a cheeseburger. And that’s it: no apparent self-torment, no post-facto breakdown, no further discussion.

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