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Sally Jessy Raphael: 'It's Easy To Do Bad TV...And I Wasn't Up For It'

Former talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael was recently approached by Vulture’s Josef Adalian to discuss her friendship with late talk show host Morton Downey Jr., who’s the subject of a documentary premiering on CNN this week. The juiciest bits, however, are about Raphael’s own career in the industry. » 8/20/15 1:45pm 8/20/15 1:45pm

I’m Tired of the Black Woman Problem: An Interview With Tamara Winfrey Harris

Black women are in trouble. Or at least, that’s the narrative. Headlines warn that they’re less likely to attain a college degree than their peers; that they pose a higher risk to various health afflictions like cervical cancer and hypertension; that they “experience unintended pregnancies” at three times the rate of… » 8/17/15 3:51pm 8/17/15 3:51pm

Married To Surfing: Talking to William Finnegan About His Barbarian Days 

I picked up William Finnegan’s surf memoir Barbarian Days on a beach this summer, and felt—I was stoned, the sky was astounding, the waves were delirious—that I’d fallen into an almost violent communion. As with the excerpts previously published in The New Yorker, where Finnegan’s been a staff writer since 1987… » 8/13/15 11:10am 8/13/15 11:10am

There Are More Child Marriages Happening in 2015 Than You Think: A Q&A

Spain recently raised its minimum age for marriage from 14 to 16, and also upped the age for consent from 13 to 16. The BBC said last Thursday that, while only 365 marriages involving people under the age of 16 have occurred in Spain since 2000, there were 2,678 such marriages in the ‘90s and 12,867 in the ‘80s.
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'Fuck Moving On': Talking to Fallon Fox About Fair Fights, Ronda Rousey

When Caitlyn Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award earlier this month at the 2015 ESPYs, she spoke eloquently about supporting young trans athletes so they can compete “as who they really are.” Facing a theatre full of athletic stars, Jenner declared, “Trans people deserve something vital: They deserve your… » 7/29/15 3:40pm 7/29/15 3:40pm

Camille Paglia: Bill Cosby Is a Necrophiliac, Monica Lewinsky a Ghoul

Camille Paglia is doing a long, three-part interview with Salon to celebrate the triumphantly annoying return of the ‘90s in the form of Bill Cosby, Bush vs. Clinton, political correctness, and, of course, Camille Paglia. The first part of that interview is up now, and wonderful, because no one can nail the… » 7/28/15 1:45pm 7/28/15 1:45pm

What It's Like to Be an OB/GYN in Sierra Leone: An Interview

Each day, around 800 women across the globe die because of complications during pregnancy or childbirth. Doctors Without Borders, the international medical organization that sends physicians to impoverished areas, recently launched a multimedia project to illuminate the reality of these unnecessary deaths. Because… » 7/22/15 4:05pm 7/22/15 4:05pm

Talking with Cabaret Star Bridget Everett: No Bras, No Inhibitions

Over the past few years, performer Bridget Everett has become a star of the New York cabaret scene. Now, with regular appearances on Inside Amy Schumer and an upcoming Comedy Central special called Gynecological Wonder (premiering in the wee hours of Saturday, July 11 at 12:30am EST), she’s gaining a national… » 7/10/15 3:00pm 7/10/15 3:00pm

Natalie Portman Wants You to Stop Asking Her About the Middle East

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Oscar winner and former rapper Natalie Portman spoke about her new film A Tale of Love and Darkness, which premiered at Cannes this year. The film was shot in Israel, and Portman, who was born in Jerusalem, says that “connections to her Jewish heritage remain strong”—but also that… » 7/09/15 1:30pm 7/09/15 1:30pm

Kate Beaton Talks the Appeal of Princesses (And Farting Ponies)

If you’re a history nerd and you’ve spent any time whatsoever online, you’ve probably familiar with Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant comics. Because jokes about Lord Byron and Liszt and the Brontë sisters’ questionable taste in men are great, and hers in particular are hilarious. » 7/09/15 11:50am 7/09/15 11:50am

Magic Mike XXL, Through the Eyes of a Terrified Magic Mike Virgin

Magic Mike XXL is poised to be the film of a generation—or at least the 2015 July 4th weekend. Channing Tatum and friends got their thongs dry cleaned and their abs greased up for a second time and we, Jane and Kara, were generous enough to take time out of our day to watch them work. » 7/02/15 10:50am 7/02/15 10:50am

Karolina Waclawiak on Disappearing Trophy Wives and Courtney Stodden

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Karolina Waclawiak’s new novel, The Invaders, focuses in on an aging trophy wife in a Connecticut beachside community who begins spiraling out of control alongside her drug-addled stepson, Teddy. While Waclawiak’s Cheryl escaped her working class life only to end up in a stifling community of wealth, Teddy, born into… » 6/24/15 6:10pm 6/24/15 6:10pm

Rose McGowan on Directing, Gay Controversy, and How Fame Fucked Her Up

“I have, obviously, shit to say,” said Rose McGowan earlier this week at a suite in New York’s Edition Hotel, where she was promoting her directorial debut, the short film, Dawn. “I’m not saying it’s good stuff, but I’m saying I’ve got stuff to say.” For almost 30 minutes, McGowan and I talked about Hollywood (McGowan… » 6/24/15 3:45pm 6/24/15 3:45pm

An Exclusive Interview With Stuart the Minion

The breakout stars of the two Despicable Me films have finally received their own movie. Minions, in theaters next month, tells the story of their history—from working with dinosaurs in the Jurassic period to assisting the evil Scarlet Overkill, voiced by Sandra Bullock. Earlier this week we sat down with Stuart,… » 6/19/15 7:00pm 6/19/15 7:00pm

Watch The Slits' Viv Albertine Talk Feminism in Early Punk Rock

Viv Albertine, the charismatic guitarist for seminal London punk band The Slits, dropped a memoir last year entitled Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. In it, she detailed her teenhood in London when punk was at its peak and the rise and decline of both that and The Slits. » 6/16/15 7:50pm 6/16/15 7:50pm

Podcast All-Star Lauren Lapkus On Jurassic World and Playing Brats

You might know comedian Lauren Lapkus from Orange Is the New Black, Comedy Bang Bang, or her various other TV appearances or you might not know Lauren Lapkus at all. If it’s the latter, well, hold onto your butts because Lapkus—with supporting roles in Jurassic World and the new TBS sitcom Clipped—is about to be… » 6/12/15 1:50pm 6/12/15 1:50pm