This week, VICE premiered "This Charming Man," a meta music video from James Franco's band, Daddy, which is based off of a poem cycle inspired by the Smiths. Here are a few words about the project from James, as well as a few original poems.
I recently started thinking and writing about the infamous LA serial killer. Not because I sympathized with him, or wanted to humanize what he had done, but because there was something in his extreme behavior that was fascinating.
Roger Perry spent the late 60s and early 70s photographing their work. His long out-of-print photo collection, The Writing on the Wall, charted London's early graffiti scene. The book is finally being republished this week.
Mike Young is a writer of great grace, which is weird because the things he tends to write about are oatmeal muffins, garbage vacuums, robotic butterflies, Ice Cube, and pretty much anything you could find out in the dumpster behind a 7-Eleven in Weed, Ca…
On any given night there are dozens of poetry events in New York City, and among these younger poets the air is thick with a heightened sociopolitical awareness. It would seem likely that we are brimming over with a new political poetry. Maybe, but not so…
Although the rights to free speech and freedom of assembly have improved significantly since Tunisia's revolution—an uprising that toppled former dictator Ben Ali in 2010—police have continued to target and beat outspoken artists at public demonstrations…
An interview with the performance artist, writer, and underground style icon whose latest book, E! Entertainment, is a poetic annotation of reality TV shows with chapters like "Lindsay's Necklace Trial" and "Anna Nicole Show."
Earlier this spring we asked James Franco to interview the poet Frank Bidart for our June fiction issue. Unfortunately, great work is cut from our print magazine every month, and this was one of the pieces we couldn't fit.
International Whores' Day, the most necessary holiday you've never heard of, is on Monday. In honor of Maya Angelou, let's take this opportunity to finally deal with the fact that she had sex for money. She seemed to have dealt with it just fine.
New York Tyrant publisher Giancarlo DiTrapano flipped the common reader/writer interview on its head and asked Spencer Madsen to interview him about his new collection of poems, You Can Make Anything Sad.
Wenderoth's newest book, If I Don't Breathe How Do I Sleep, is a dark and peculiar volume you might keep in the same drawer with your Faces of Death tapes and the Flowers of Evil. I talked to him about his new poetry collection and th…
Five photographers traveled to Kainuu in Northeast Finland, the birthplace of the Kalevala, and explored the mythology through contemporary photography. I called up one of the guys, Aapo, to chat about the project.
We talked to several South Sudanese-American artists about how they went from refugee camps in Africa to runway shows and Kanye West videos in Manhattan. Throughout this week, we'll publish their stories.
In honor of the fact that I'm living in Brooklyn while I perform in my Broadway debut, Of Mice and Men, I thought I would share an old letter about Hart Crane that I wrote to Alan Williamson, my former poetry teacher at Warren Wilson College.