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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 Wednesday 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

A Conversation With Wednesday Martin, Author of Primates of Park Avenue

On the surface, Primates of Park Avenue is an examination of a lived stereotype: an anthropology-inflected, lightly analytical memoir of coming to belong within an Upper East Side community where blonde, thin, status-obsessed moms hip-check each other with their designer bags, where absent men dole out “wife bonuses”… » 6/02/15 2:50pm 6/02/15 2:50pm

Joni Mitchell Had An Aneurysm In March, Remains In Serious Condition

When Joni Mitchell was hospitalized this March, we were given the devastating news that she was in a coma. Our nerves were calmed when it was reported she wasn’t in a coma at all, but simply had a “minor medical emergency” and was “getting stronger” every day. Today we’ve received a new, less calming update: Billboard… » 5/29/15 5:50pm 5/29/15 5:50pm

A Conversation with Maggie Nelson About The Argonauts, Motherhood, Love

Maggie Nelson writes like no one else on the planet. Her work dives—headlong, yet gracefully—into the ugly, messy, or simply complicated; she treats our bodies’ instincts, whether fear, desire, or violence, with the same erudite analysis more often accorded to art and literature, the offspring of those instincts. She… » 5/18/15 1:45pm 5/18/15 1:45pm

Watch Bill Cosby Incoherently Ramble About Rape Allegations on GMA

In an interview with Linsey Davis this morning on Good Morning America, Bill Cosby responded to questions about the sexual assault allegations that have been made against him over the past few months. Cosby’s responses were far from artful dodges, and frequently bordered on incoherent. “Listen to me carefully. I’m… » 5/15/15 9:30am 5/15/15 9:30am

An Interview With the Mother of a 5-Year-Old Fashion Model

Have you ever seen an ad for children’s clothes and wondered, “How did they find these kids?” Adults have Tyra Banks to discover them (...sort of), but who’s going around telling the children in this country that they’re still in the running towards becoming America’s next top child model? Earlier this month I talked… » 5/08/15 12:10pm 5/08/15 12:10pm

Talking with Unfriended's Shelley Hennig, the New Queen of Horror

If there’s one thing that becomes immediately clear during my brief conversation with Unfriended’s Shelley Hennig, it’s that I’m talking to an actress who’s down to try anything once. Perhaps that’s why she chose to do an ensemble horror movie that’s shot entirely from the perspective of a laptop. Perhaps that’s why… » 4/30/15 12:30pm 4/30/15 12:30pm