Ira Glass

Hollywood Producers Trying to Obtain Adaptation Rights for ‘Serial’

It should come as no surprise that producers would want to either make Sarah Koenig’s Serial into a film or, more fittingly,… Read More

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Our Favorite Celebrity Halloween Costumes of 2014

They can hide behind publicists and stylists to invent a compelling persona, but the true test of celebrity creativity, individuality, and personality is the Halloween costume. After a long night of sugary, boozy celebrations, we perused the Internet to see how our pop culture favorites made out during this year’s spooky season. See who channeled the fashion world, wore wings, went meta, and made us scratch our heads, below. We’ll be adding to the list as more pics come to light on this post-Halloween morn. … Read More

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“Do It Now”: Ira Glass’ Comforting, Terrifying Advice for Journalists

Earlier this year, the radio classic This American Life moved away from its longtime distributor, Public Radio International (PRI), to an independent model. Ira Glass, the show’s host and producer, has been doing more rounds in the press of late, discussing where the show is after 17 years, and where he is at this point as a journalist. The takeaway from the New York Times profile earlier this month was that Glass is, literally, dancing as fast as he can, working as both professional talking head (the bulk of his income comes from speaking appearances) and as the soul of a really good radio show when he’s not harboring dreams of Broadway. Whew! … Read More

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30 Writers’ Invaluable Advice to Graduates

Graduation season is fast approaching, the time of the year when some of our favorite writers are tasked with summing up the wisdom to be accrued from the process of growing up in ten succinct minutes of witty truth. These days, a successful graduation speech has the very real chance of going viral, and then living forever as a book: from David Foster Wallace’s This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, About Living a Compassionate Life to Neil Gaiman’s Make Good Art, the best graduation speeches are finding a new life. This crop includes the brand-new Congratulations, By the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by George Saunders, a pretty-in-print encapsulation of his 2013 Syracuse Graduation speech. It’s reason enough to collect 30 of the best, wisest, and pithiest pieces of advice from the greatest writers to attempt the graduation… Read More

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