Lauren Oyler

Social Media

How Instagram Makes You Basic, Boring, and Completely Deranged

By now, most people are familiar with the bad tendencies Instagram encourages: self-absorption, stalking, pastel-pink blandness. Two recent works—a novel, "Sympathy," and a film, "Ingrid Goes West"—take this as their subject.
Lauren Oyler
8.30.17
Culture

Why People Treat Taylor Swift's Albums Like They're the Damn 'Da Vinci Code'

Since the pop star released her new single, which very obviously references a series of public feuds she's recently been embroiled in, her fans have been obsessively searching for subtext that probably isn't there.
Lauren Oyler
8.25.17
Broadly

Anonymous 'Incest Diary' Is a Brutally Honest Account of Paternal Rape

From ages 3 to 21, a woman was raped and abused by her father. Her new memoir examines the trauma and its aftermath in unprecedented detail.
Lauren Oyler
7.18.17
Politics

Woman Convicted After Laughing at Jeff Sessions Gets New Trial

Sixty-one-year-old Desiree Fairooz was found guilty of disruptive or disorderly conduct, but a judge has ruled the government made inappropriate arguments during the trial.
Lauren Oyler
7.14.17
Books

The New Literary Heroine Is Smart with No Personality

Catherine Lacey's 'The Answers' joins a cadre of recent novels featuring female perspective minus female identity.
Lauren Oyler
6.13.17
Celebrity

Amanda Bynes Appreciation Post

In a new interview, the beloved teen-comedy star said she's been sober for three years and plans to return to acting after a seven-year hiatus.
Lauren Oyler
6.9.17
Social Media

A Publicist Explains What to Do if You Accidentally Tweet Porn

"If. You're. Going. To. Take. A. Screenshot. Review. The. Screenshot. Before. You. Post. It!"
Lauren Oyler
6.8.17
popularity

Being Popular Won't Make You Less Sad Inside

A new book divides popularity into two types, but only one is helpful.
Lauren Oyler
6.7.17
News

Portland Semen-Flinging Spree Apparently Part of Disturbing Trend

Why do men do the things they do?
Lauren Oyler
5.26.17
tv

This Ranking of 84 'Twin Peaks' Characters Will Make You Extremely Mad

Or at least eager to tell people that you, too, have seen the show.
Lauren Oyler
5.19.17
THE LOOKING GLASS ISSUE

Patricia Lockwood, the 'Poet Laureate of Twitter,' Is More Than the Sum of Her Dick Jokes

In her new memoir "Priestdaddy," the "Rape Joke" author discusses puberty, Slankets, environmental degradation, and what it's like when your father becomes a Father.
Lauren Oyler
4.13.17
Film

How 'Karl Marx City' Speaks to the Surveillance Paranoia of Today

We talk to the filmmakers of the sobering doc about the fears surrounding the Stasi's grip on East Germany, and how the past isn't as far away as it seems.
Lauren Oyler
3.30.17
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