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E. Alex Jung is a features writer at New York and Vulture who joined the staff in 2013. He has profiled Michaela Coel, Bong Joon Ho, and was nominated for a National Magazine Award for his piece on Anthony Veasna So.

  1. it’s theater season
    The Playwright on HIV Med StrikeThree months ago, Victor I. Cazares decided to stop taking their pills — until the New York Theatre Workshop calls for a cease-fire in Gaza.
  2. vulture quiz
    Are You a Mean Girls Superfan?Prove that you can hang with the Plastics.
  3. books
    Laila El-Haddad on How Gaza Is Losing Its Food CultureHer book, The Gaza Kitchen, is a work of “ghost archaeology” — an effort to document the cuisine when Palestinians had more control over their land.
  4. anonymous in hollywood
    How Much We Make in HollywoodAs the strike stretches on, 19 writers, actors, and crew members shared their hopes, fears, frustrations — and salaries.
  5. profile
    Drew Barrymore Is Figuring It Out LiveHer radically intimate daytime show is as much therapy for her as it is for her guests.
  6. profile
    Yaeji Lets LooseThe musician-slash-DJ is known for introspective dance music that brings the house down. On her debut album, she went searching for herself.
  7. a long talk
    ‘Our Task Was to Expand the Universe of the Book’After 43 years, Octavia Butler’s Kindred hits the screen. Showrunner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins awaits your critiques.
  8. profile
    The Spectacular Life of Octavia E. ButlerThe story of the girl who grew up in Pasadena, took the bus, loved her mom and grandmother, and wrote herself into the world.
  9. in conversation
    The Ecstasy of Karen OThe Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer will give in to her urges, so long as she’s onstage.
  10. in conversation
    Laura Linney Resists InterpretationThe actress lives for the stage, loves film crews, and treasures her co-stars. Just don’t ask her about the ending of Ozark.
  11. q&a
    Andrew Ahn Did Want to Show Dick on Fire Island“I remember asking, ‘Can I have two soft penises, one for each orgy?’”
  12. profile
    Hot Joel SummerJoel Kim Booster’s deliciously bawdy debut film, Fire Island, maps Pride and Prejudice’s class tensions onto the vacation hideaway for gay men.
  13. in conversation
    Melanie Lynskey Felt Like a Hollywood MisfitAfter debuting at 17, the actress was lost in the industry. “I kept getting reminded I was not the things you needed to be.”
  14. a long talk
    Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Are Just Getting StartedGrace and Frankie may be ending, but their era of collaborations is in full swing.
  15. vulture recommends
    We’re All Adult Babies in Kotaro’s WorldThe 4-year-old protagonist of Netflix’s anime adaptation teaches a lesson in empathy viewers of all ages would do well to hear.
  16. save the last dance
    Afterglow in Gallery LandWith her installation The New Eagle Creek Saloon, Sadie Barnette gives a gay bar new life at the Kitchen.
  17. profile
    Mitski in 9 ActsIf the musician has to reveal herself at all, she’d rather do it one short burst at a time.
  18. a long talk
    ‘It’s Always Been a Show About Growth’Issa Rae talks through the beats of Insecure’s bittersweet finale, the show’s legacy, and her one regret for Issa Dee.
  19. vulture festival 2021
    Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji Reflect on 5 Years of Issa and MollyA wine down with Insecure’s OTP.
  20. tv review
    In Sort Of, Love Means Not Having All the AnswersThe HBO Max show follows a gender-fluid 20-something who knows how to care for others but is still figuring out how to care for themselves.
  21. the vulture transcript
    Cowboy Bebop (Finally) Takes FlightEight months of delays, two corgis, and one freak injury: the show’s stars on the long road to remaking an anime classic.
  22. profile
    Kumail Nanjiani’s FeelingsThe actor always wanted his own superhero transformation. Now he’s buff, a Marvel star, and struggling with how much of his new body is his own.
  23. chat room
    A Conversation With Squid Game’s Breakout Robot-Doll StarShe’s nice!
  24. fall preview 2021
    John Cho Trained Like a Superhero for Cowboy Bebop, the Anime-Classic Remake“The regimen was to become functionally athletic rather than show-horse athletic.”
  25. profile
    Anthony Veasna So Knew He Was a StarWhen the author died at 28, he was on the cusp of literary fame. Everyone remembers him differently.
  26. profile
    The Joke Was Never on Jennifer CoolidgeShe spins roles as trophy wives and divorcées into comic gold. Now she gets to show what else she can do.
  27. in conversation
    Alison Bechdel Works Out Her IssuesIn her latest book, the graphic memoirist examines her relationship to exercise and, in turn, herself.
  28. internet studies
    25 Edits That Define the Modern Internet VideoAnd create the vocabulary for an absurd, ingenious art form.
  29. the industry
    Scott Rudin, As Told by His AssistantsA portrait of a toxic workplace.
  30. in conversation
    Mads Mikkelsen Takes Everything and Nothing SeriouslyIt’s always like, “Here’s your cola, Master Mads,” or “Get your fucking Coke, and get out of my shop.” There’s no neutral Coca-Cola anymore.
  31. chat room
    Minari Director Lee Isaac Chung on His Oscar Nominations and Existential Angst“So much of my past 10 years with my career not going so well was invested in coming to peace with that.”
  32. in conversation
    Daniel Dae Kim Still Believes Hollywood Can Be Reformed“If you’re not aware of politics in any industry, you’re missing all of the ways to navigate it.”
  33. chat room
    Minari’s Han Yeri Wanted a Korean Actress to Play Monica, Even If It Wasn’t Her“Monica seemed to be the most Korean. I was hoping it wouldn’t be someone who grew up in the States.”
  34. close reads
    My Spirit Left My Body Watching This Ginny & Georgia SceneOppression Olympics … let’s go?
  35. profile
    Youn Yuh-jung Comes to AmericaThe actress’s heart-shattering performance in Minari is likely to get an Oscar nod. She’s been doing this too long to care.
  36. the art of ending things
    How I Learned to Love Dying (in Hades)An appreciation of death in the time of quarantine.
  37. book review
    100 Boyfriends Is a Taxonomy of DesireBrontez Purnell’s new book roams the edges of queer romance.
  38. vulture recommends
    Veneno Is a KnockoutThe show is a jolting reminder of how big the world is.
  39. the quarries
    The First (And Dear God, It Better Be the Last) QuarriesIn which we award the most original, absurd, scrappy, and ingenious works that shaped our year in quarantine.
  40. the quarries
    Nothing Made Sense in 2020 — Unless You Were on the InternetThe culture of quarantine brain.
  41. chat room
    Why Democrats Can’t Be Diet RepublicansMichael Moore explains why the Democrats won the election, why defunding the police makes sense, and where progressives go from here.
  42. the interview
    In Conversation: Whoopi GoldbergFrom her Oscar win to getting iced out of Hollywood, Whoopi has never lost sight of herself.
  43. encounter
    Sohla El-Waylly Goes SoloAfter leaving Bon Appétit’s Test Kitchen, the chef now has her own show — where she’s paid fairly for her fantastic creations.
  44. chat room
    Dan Levy On Schitt’s Creek’s Fulsome, Splendrous Emmys Night“It almost felt like a game of ‘How to Host a Murder,’ where we all just got dressed up and the scene was awards night.”
  45. fall preview
    Enter Planet Miranda JulyMissed connections, Instagram lovers, and, of course, poop.
  46. backstories
    How Michaela Coel Wrote I May Destroy You’s Dreamlike Ending“The more she runs from David, the nightmare, the bigger the monster becomes.”
  47. in conversation
    Laurence Fishburne Knows Who He IsWith his much-anticipated return to Broadway postponed until next year, one of America’s most accomplished actors reflects on his career.
  48. profile
    Who’s Afraid of Ziwe Fumudoh?For guests who dare to appear on the comedian’s Instagram Live show, the question is not if you are racist, but how.
  49. in conversation
    Thandie Newton Is Finally Ready to Speak Her MindAfter decades onscreen, nothing surprises the Westworld actress, though what she’s ready to share will surprise you.
  50. profile
    Michaela the DestroyerHow a young talent from East London went from open-mic nights to making the year’s most sublimely unsettling show.
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