Your Sunday Long Reads: Mila Kunis and James Franco in Conversation, Ellen DeGeneres's Earning Power, and Burning Man

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Actress Mila Kunis poses in the press room during the 2012 MTV Movie Awards held at Gibson Amphitheatre on June 3, 2012 in Universal City, California.
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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:

"Mila Kunis," by James Franco (Interview): Two very good-looking people discuss sexism in Hollywood, shame, and, as Kunis put it, "the absurdity of what it is we do."

"The Booming Business of Ellen DeGeneres: From Broke and Banished to Daytime's Top Earner," by Lacey Rose (THR): Ten years ago, networks asked, "'Who is going to watch a lesbian during the daytime?'" A look at how the answer to that question ("a lot of people") made the comedian rich. 

"Hot Mess," by Brad Wieners (Outside): An oral history of Burning Man, Nevada's now 25-year-old super rave. 

"Against Acknowledgements," by Sam Sachs (Culture Desk/New Yorker): Why the publishing industry should do away with the endless thank-you pages tacked on to most of today's books. 

"Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me: an interview in three acts," by Sam Adams: A conversation with the first-time director about transitioning from stand-up to film, with guest appearances by Carol Kane, Marc Maron, and Ira Glass. 


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