Cyberabusers—RIP trolls—have pushed Zelda Williams away from social media. But trolling highlights social problems that require a dialogue, and a terrain infested with such vitriol needs people like Zelda.

Tupac Shakur’s work is as resonant today—days after a police officer shot Michael Brown and left his body in the street—as it was then: an indicator of still-grim realities.

“Adidas is fetish. Nike is not fetish.” And so begins Sholem’s visit to the infamous Snax fetish night.

Hazlitt drops in on Nick Harkaway, née Nicholas Cornwell, at his London local. Discussed: his new novel Tigerman, writing as a compressed statement of identity, and the anxieties of paternal influence. 

Animator-turned-comic artist Emily Carroll’s debut book, Through the Woods, is steeped in fatalism, full of doomed characters who often feel deserving of the grisly punishment coming their way. The stories are personal, in other words.

Minneapolis is home to all kinds of endangered wildlife—all teeth and scales and leather.

|| The 1968 adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Does art have to be relatable—does it have to mean anything—to be any good? Maybe not at all, as Ira Glass’s rash tweet—and a short novel by Penelope Fitzgerald—reminds us.

The yellow-suited detective once starred in America’s favourite comic strip. He’s still alive—but is he vital? The story of how an icon of the American Establishment became a kitsch artifact.

The luxury cruise is, often, a vacation to be endured: the rigid structure, embarrassing pampering, forced interaction, and, more than anything, terrible predictability of it all. What could compel a person to keep shipping out, year after year?

|| The 1976 cover of Marian Engel's Bear

In 1976, Marian Engel won the Governor General’s award for her novel, Bear. It is, in many ways, about a woman who has sex with a bear. But beyond the bestiality, Bear is a book about unrequited love, sexual empowerment, and being one with nature.

Marian Engel’s Bear was an award-winning Canadian novel relegated to the darkest recesses of literary history. But the Internet never forgets, and so to celebrate its return, we asked five illustrators to re-imagine the novel’s startling cover. 

Against her better judgement, Hazlitt scene reporter Wendy attempts a little yoga. Step 1: YouTube. Step 2: ???

Like sex, science sells, and craft brewers have used it to give their concoctions a sense of handmade authenticity, as Adam Rogers writes in his new book, Proof: The Science of Booze. But are mass-market beverages made with any less care?

|| Nick Nolte as Lionel Dobie in 1989's New York Stories

At the heart of Siri Hustvedt’s recent novel, The Blazing World, is a work of art conjured up for the story itself. Would the Man Booker-shortlisted book have been as successful if this fictitious exhibition didn’t seem real enough for our own world?

Fun is many things: youthful rebellion, civic duty, blue wig. And thanks to its hazy definition, fun can feel like an obligation you’re failing to meet. John Beckman’s American Fun helps explain why fun has us so perplexed.

|| Illustration by Lola Landekic

From the ongoing series Tabloid Fiction—in which an author chooses from the trashiest, most lurid, or just bizarre stories of the moment and writes a short story inspired by same. The following is a work of fiction.

From the rat’s nest of a Lower East Side studio of Stranger Than Paradise to the … rat’s-nest of a crumbling Detroit mansion of Only Lovers Left Alive, Jarmusch’s work always feels vaguely familiar—and yet, not quite like anything else.

||Guy Debord

Guy Debord, the prime mover behind the Situationist International, died 20 years ago this year. His legacy is more relevant than ever.

Some say its instinctual, the hunger, others cluck their tongues and look the other way. Both parties agree, you can’t trust Tuca with your eggs.

|| 1993's Tour de France via Flickr user ta_do

Dutch writer, competitive cyclist, and chess master Tim Krabbé understands that, to win the Tour de France, you must beat the Devil.