Your Sunday Long Reads: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, the Comedy of North Carolina, and David Lynch


It's Sunday afternoon, or: your last chance to read all that stuff you meant to read last week before Monday brings a new deluge of things you will want to read. Below, some of our recommendations:

"The Bonnie Situation," by Alex Pappademas (Grantland): A rare interview with reclusive musician Will Oldham (a.k.a. Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Palace Music, etc.)

"The Funny State," by Evan Smith Rakoff (Slate): Some thoughts about why comedians from North Carolina have become such a prominent contingent in the comedy world. 

"Talking to Neal Brennan About 'Chappelle's Show', Standup, Podcasts and More," by Phil Davidson (Splitsider): The co-creator of Chappelle's Show on that topic, plus: stand-up, and why he only has black guests on his comedy podcast.

"Interview: David Lynch," by Mark Richardson (Pitchfork): One of film's most beloved weirdos on the making of 1977's Eraserhead and its eerie soundtrack.

"How Matthew McConaughey got his groove back," by Nathan Rabin (AV Club): A look at how the actor re-energized his career to become the "elder statesmen of sexiness" we know today.

For more in-depth weekend readings, visit our friends at Longreads.