For a decade starting in the early 1960s, a private Los Angeles society called the Gay Girls Riding Club made delirious, elaborate drag parodies of Hollywood films.
In Almería, the Moroccan and West African migrant workers who sustain the region’s booming agriculture industry find themselves either neglected or persecuted by the state.
Whether ChatGPT passes the Turing Test is a less troubling question than what Alan Turing meant by “intelligence.”
Crisis in Russia
Two and a half months ago, shortly after the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Amy Knight took stock of the progress of the war and observed Putin’s “increasing dependence on the notoriously brutal paramilitary forces of Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Wagner Group.”
“‘So, who’s in charge?’ the retired lieutenant general Ben Hodges, who commanded US Army forces in Europe from 2014 and 2017, wondered aloud in January, noting that Prigozhin doesn’t take orders from Russia’s generals.”
Free from the Archives
On April 29, 2021, John Waters—who once remarked, when asked what kind of float he might design for a gay pride parade, “If I ever rode on a float, I’d get car-sick”—was interviewed by Claudia Dreifus for NYR Online. Over a digressive, lively conversation, Waters discussed moviemaking, RuPaul, Divine, Patty Hearst, Covid-19, hitchhiking, Stonewall, The Boys in the Band, Catholicism, and much else besides.
“There’s always room for some smart-ass kid with no money to cause trouble. And today, I would have made the films on my phone.”