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 Thursday 12:30pm

Talking to Tig Notaro: 'Safety's the Last Thing That Nurtures Comedy'

Over the past two years, Tig Notaro has gone from well-respected but slightly under the radar comic to one of the most celebrated stand-ups in the country. The comedian’s swell in popularity follows an August 2012 set at Largo in Los Angeles during which she described—with humor and poignancy—the traumatic events… » 4/16/15 3:15pm 4/16/15 3:15pm

Talking to Meghan Daum About Selfishness, Being Childless by Choice

Today, 19 percent of women end their potential childbearing years without having had any children—making childlessness as common as it is irrationally controversial. We had the chance to talk about the topic with Meghan Daum: author, LA Times columnist, editor of the forthcoming essay collection Selfish, Shallow and… » 3/30/15 3:30pm 3/30/15 3:30pm

A Conversation with Run the Jewels About Weed, Food, and Friendship 

Trotting through a pack of struggle teens on my way to interview Killer Mike and El-P at Stubb's in Austin, I checked my purse to make sure I had the weed. Festival press is so un-chill—everyone's hungover or fucked-up and it's more inconvenience and repetition in a day already stuffed with both—and it was raining… » 3/25/15 12:00pm 3/25/15 12:00pm

An Anonymous Cop Is Here to Answer All Your Questions About the Police

Police officers turn up a lot in Gawker stories, but unless they’re a department commissioner giving a press conference or a union leader loudly berating a public official, it’s rare that they actually have a voice. What does the average beat cop think about Darren Wilson or Daniel Pantaleo? What is he looking for… » 3/17/15 11:24am 3/17/15 11:24am

'I Get to Eat My Cake & Throw It At You Too': A Chat with Kelly Link

Kelly Link is the author of four short-story collections: Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters (for young adults), and, most recently, Get in Trouble. At least yearly, I reread "Travels with the Snow Queen," a story about fairy tales, robber girls, and talking reindeer that also manages to be… » 3/16/15 4:50pm 3/16/15 4:50pm

'They Made it Into a Joke': A Q&A With a Brain-Injured Dominatrix

In August of 2008, just as 17-year-old Alissa Afonina was preparing to enter the twelfth grade, a car accident upended her life and drastically re-arranged her future. Afonina, her mother Alla, and her brother were riding along the Trans-Canada highway, in a car driven by her stepfather, Peter Jansson. Jansson was… » 3/11/15 2:30pm 3/11/15 2:30pm

Pregnant and Single at 50: An Interview with Sophie B. Hawkins

Sophie B. Hawkins is a singer, songwriter, and activist with a catalogue that's five albums deep, though most people of a certain generation know her best from her 1992 chart-topping smash, "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover." She's currently working on the follow-up to her bluesy 2012 album The Crossing, but lately she's… » 3/05/15 2:00pm 3/05/15 2:00pm

Secondhand Violence and PTSD: An Interview with Mac McClelland 

In June 2011, Mac McClelland published an essay called "I'm Going to Need You to Fight Me On This" in GOOD Magazine. It was a first-person piece about her use of violent sex as a means of dealing with PTSD, which she said had gripped her after a series of traumatizing events on a reporting trip to Haiti. Her account… » 3/04/15 1:30pm 3/04/15 1:30pm

Naked by Choice: A Chat About Feminism with Actress Caitlin Stasey

In the middle of January, actress Caitlin Stasey (who you may know from Reign or Please Like Me) made ripples across both the feminist and entertainment blogospheres when she launched Herself, a website profiling women who are willing to strip down both emotionally and physically to tell their stories and talk about… » 2/27/15 3:50pm 2/27/15 3:50pm

An Interview With Céline Sciamma, Director of Girlhood

With Girlhood, filmmaker Céline Sciamma has brought to the screen the delicate, joyful, beautiful coming of age story of Marieme (Karidja Toure), a black French teen girl, who is fed up with her abusive home life. She turns to a group of new friends for comfort, strength and finding her voice. It's a film that … » 2/03/15 12:30pm 2/03/15 12:30pm

Gabrielle Union Says Smart Things About Ferguson, the NFL, Hollywood

Gabrielle Union has aways seemed pretty damn sharp. (She also has not aged since 2003.) In an interview with Yahoo Style, the actress discusses issues like Ferguson and being a black woman in Hollywood with more insight and sensibility, not just than most celebrities, but than most people, period. » 1/27/15 11:45pm 1/27/15 11:45pm

An Interview with Desiree Akhavan, Who Is Not the Next Lena Dunham

Desiree Akhavan is easy to spot in an anonymous chain cafe near Penn Station: she's tall, gorgeous, and has the kind of exceptional eyebrows that seem out of place over burnt coffee and plastic-wrapped sandwiches. She's tidily fit two back-to-back interviews in before an evening "thing"—she's pretty busy,… » 1/15/15 3:10pm 1/15/15 3:10pm

A Chat with Alexandra Billings, Trans Activist & Transparent Actress

I feel bad, calling to reschedule my interview with Alexandra Billings, the trans activist and actress who plays Davina, wise and warm friend/mentor/Trans Got Talent duet partner to Jeffrey Tambor's Maura in Transparent. The show, whose first season saw Maura coming out as a woman to her three grown children and… » 1/06/15 2:40pm 1/06/15 2:40pm