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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

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From the archives

 2013-2019

Jukai
In just under ten minutes of wordless story, Gabrielle Lissot’s Jukai shows us how our hardest-won lessons can become beams of light to illuminate the path forward for one another, and how even as the threads of our trauma form a tangle of sorrow, it’s a tangle that can be organized and reframed into our personal narrative, a story we can make use of to shelter and guide those that come after us. Read More
Julianne Moore in Robert Altman's SHORT CUTS (1993) | art by Tony Stella
By transposing Raymond Carver’s stories to Los Angeles, Robert Altman's Short Cuts fashions a narrative that is less about the Los Angeles of our collective imagination and more about the real LA most of us don’t care to know. Read More
Julianne Moore in Robert Altman's SHORT CUTS (1993) | art by Tony Stella
By transposing Raymond Carver’s stories to Los Angeles, Robert Altman's Short Cuts fashions a narrative that is less about the Los Angeles of our collective imagination and more about the real LA most of us don’t care to know. Read More