The Spirit of Storytelling

From documentary makers to storybook writers, turning the pen around for stories about those who create them on the regular.

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The Pirate Radio Broadcaster Who Occupied Alcatraz and Terrified the FBI

Fifty years ago, John Trudell overcame tragedy to become the national voice for Native Americans—and a model for a new generation of activists.


A 93-Year-Old Icon of Photography Contemplates His Legacy

Tony Vaccaro made a name for himself with the intimate photos he took as a soldier in WWII, and went on to photograph the likes of O'Keefe, Picasso and Kennedy. Now, he's organizing and preserving his life’s work.

‘People Really Like It, They Just Don’t Tell Their Friends’

Meet the creator of an interactive documentary on the lives of nine women who make lesbian porn.

The Editor’s Lowdown: A Talk with Rob Spillman

Rob Spillman and his 'Tin House' team have been recognized with awards that would make any publication jealous, but they're after something far less tangible and much more important.

The Man with 10,000 Tales

Harold Scheub spent his career trekking across Africa and recording village storytellers of all stripes. Now, the octogenarian professor reveals how those foreign tales connect us, and why it's so vital to preserve them.

Icy & Sot Conquer the Art World

A knack for graffiti catapults two young brothers from the streets of Iran to the warehouses of Bushwick and into the glare of the Soho spotlight.

Two Truths and a Mountain of Lies

A young journalist reconnects with a beloved storyteller from his childhood, only to discover a fine, artistic line between fact and fiction.

Laughing Longer

How one community of improv players elevated goofy skits to high art and inspired thousands of New Yorkers to climb, and fall, on stage with them.


Tag Savage’s Sideways Brain

He was a shy West Coast transplant alone in the big city. But equipped with his iPhone camera and a healthy dose of snark, all of New York's pedestrians suddenly became fair game.