We're switching to a new paywall provider in early November. Here's everything you need to know. →

Now Playing

Featured Essays

Elaine May in The Waverly Gallery | photo credit: Brigitte Lacombe
"Genius is a word that’s thrown around a lot, but I think whatever it means, if Elaine May is not a brilliant improviser, nobody is. If Elaine May is not a brilliant actress, nobody is. If she’s not a brilliant writer, nobody is. If she’s not a brilliant director, nobody is. So whatever that word means, you can apply it to her in four different categories at least, and probably more." Read More

Never Miss an Essay

Be the first to learn about new issues, what we're watching and news about the site.

We'll never use your email for any purpose other than emailing about Bright Wall/Dark Room, and guarantee that it won't be shared with third parties.

From the archives


The Warriors (1979) | art by Tony Stella
The Warriors is about living with—through, during—the night, a lesson we all learn as kids, and carry with us as we sleep. It’s not so much about the fear of what’s behind, but about running as fast as possible toward what’s on the other side. Read More