Posts Tagged: interviews
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A Life Well-Lived: An Interview with Anne Helen Petersen

In 2011, Anne Helen Petersen wrote a Hairpin post about Ingrid Bergman. If this was a movie about Anne's life that's when the success montage would start. Since then, Anne has written about all kinds of celebrities—scandalous and virtuous, living and deceased, celebrities who are still strong cultural presences and the ones who have faded away.

Scandals of Classic Hollywood is now a book, conveniently also titled Scandals of Classic Hollywood and coincidentally in stores today. I spoke with Anne about media literacy, her favorite celebrities, and hating Audrey Hepburn.

Ok, first: who is [...]

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"Rods and Cones" and Perpetual Free-Falls: An Interview with Beth Lisick and Tara Jepsen

Twelve years ago I fell in love with Carole Murphy and Mitzi Fitzsimmons, two characters developed and portrayed by Beth Lisick and Tara Jepsen. Like Beth and Tara, Carole and Mitzi are performers. Unlike Beth and Tara, they are also codependent platonic life partners, bath house custodians, and terrible dressers who inhabit a gleeful, carefree limbo that is somehow both geriatric and adolescent. Their reliably hilarious misadventures remind us that there’s something inherently weird about womanhood.

In their new web series, "Rods and Cones", Carole and Mitzi are navigating a burgeoning rivalry. Their opponents are the MILFies, a pair of performance-artists-turned-comedians played by the brilliant Jibz [...]

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Difficult Woman: A Conversation with Julie Klausner

Just like Broad City depicts an unprecedented relationship between underemployed, post-grad twenty-something women, Amy Poehler’s latest producing venture, Difficult People, will portray a new spin on friends in their thirties whose lives turned out different than expected.

The premise behind Difficult People comes from Julie Klausner, who may be best known for her weekly podcast, “How Was Your Week?,” in which she’s interviewed with the likes of Julianne Moore, David Sedaris and Kathleen Hanna. She’s the author of two books, an Upright Citizens Brigade alumna, and has worked on TV series such as Mulaney and her friend Billy Eichner’s hilariously unorthodox game show Billy on the Street. [...]

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"Relationships Are What I Spend Most Of My Time Thinking About": An Interview with Emma Straub

Brooklyn literary darling Emma Straub’s third book and second novel, The Vacationers, couldn’t be more different than her debut historical novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures. Set in the present day, The Vacationers (available tomorrow, May 29th) spans two weeks of a nuclear New York City family’s vacation in Mallorca, Spain. The Post family, which consists of food enthusiast wife Franny, recently fired husband Jim, and adult children Sylvia and Bobby, set off for sun and relaxation before Sylvia heads off to college. But as with all adorably dysfunctional families, the Posts encounter a lot more than just what’s on their vacation itinerary, particularly about one another.

I emailed with [...]

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The Internet is a Mirror: An Interview With Astra Taylor

Once, someone tweeted that the Internet was garbage, and I retweeted it. Twitter was feeling like a huge circle jerk. Google was refining that search personalization algorithm, but Gmail wasn’t sending my emails. OkCupid sent me an email with a picture of a guinea pig with an arrow connecting a “YOU” to it. And I quit Facebook over a year ago, so that my feelings wouldn't be toyed with or updated.

Astra Taylor is a multi-hyphenate: documentary filmmaker (Examined Life, Zizek!), writer (The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age), and activist (The Rolling Jubilee campaign) doesn’t so much think that the Internet is garbage, but [...]

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Waiting On Hollywood's LGBTQ Literacy: An Interview with Amy Sohn

In Amy Sohn’s new novel, The Actress, a millennial starlet is explicitly cast as the girlfriend of an older, closeted gay male heartthrob. Maddy Freed, an indie actress whose star is on the rise, is invited to read for an Oscar-worthy movie role opposite Steven Weller, two decades her senior. Maddy is instantly taken with Steven, a celebrated actor with a multi-decade career.

Steven has always been ripe for tabloid fodder given the endurance of his career. But despite cycling through an array of girlfriends (and one wife) over the years, gay rumors tail him constantly. Maddy, aware of the rumors, dismisses them as such and pursues a romantic [...]

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"It’s OK to Be a Bit Sassy": An Interview with Jenny Slate

Back in January, Obvious Child premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was immediately called one of the best films of the fest (it was). The film’s star, Jenny Slate, was also hailed as the newest, freshest rom-com star in years (she is). It was also called an “abortion comedy” and a “comedy about abortion,” which it sort of is, but it’s also much more than that. It’s about Donna, a 20-something struggling standup comic in New York who is dealing with a terrible breakup, an empty bank account, and—as if things weren’t rough enough—an unplanned pregnancy after a one-night stand. It all sounds very serious, but [...]

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I Mounted a Fox: An Interview with Allis Markham

There is more than one way to skin a cat, or so I’ve been told. My cat-skinning skills are surprisingly limited, but if anybody could speak to the truth behind that old adage, it would be professional taxidermist Allis Markham.

Allis’s work can be seen all over the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History, where she is a staff member, and in at least one Disney ad starring Taylor Swift shot by Annie Liebowitz, because Hollywood.

When not at the museum, Allis works from her private studio, Prey, where she practices ethical taxidermy, meaning: her work is created with the belief [...]

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A Sisterly Energy: Interview With Chairlift's Caroline Polachek

Caroline Polachek has the kind of siren-enchantress vocals that would haul Odysseus off his game. She’s already known as half of the duo behind Chairlift, her band with Patrick Wemberly, and has collaborated with Dolorean and Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, as well as Washed Out and the now-defunct Das Racist. She also recently made a contribution to the record of an up-and-coming singer named Beyoncé.

And in April of this year, Polachek set out on her own and released a solo project under the name Ramona Lisa. Using solely her voice and her computer, she recorded snippets in transitional spaces (airports, hotels) while on tour, [...]

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"Men are a simmering heap of raw nerves and unexplored emotions"

"Men are remarkably open with me about their bodily insecurities. I'm not sure whether it's the anonymous format or the novelty of the outlet or the anti body-shaming ethos of the site, but men will write me paragraphs about how much they hate their hairy chests, or their circumcised foreskins, or the entire package that they're working with. Often men will tell me that my site helped them to surmount their insecurities, which warms my heart.

"I've come to the conclusion that men face similar (although less intense) pressures to look a certain way, but they are afforded fewer outlets to discuss how it affects them. Traditional masculinity requires men [...]