Meet Marisha Pessl, Author of the Gripping ‘Night Film’

Marisha Pessl began writing Night Film, the follow-up to her bestselling 2006 debut novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, during the 2008 financial crisis. “It seemed as if the entire world was imploding,” says the 35-year-old, New York–based novelist, whose first effort, a literary murder mystery … Continued

Joséphine de La Baume Wants to Do It All

“At the end of the day, we are all animals,” says Joséphine de La Baume, the perfect example of an enviable and rare breed: the effortlessly gorgeous, charmingly frank multi-hyphenate. The 28-year-old French model, actor, singer, and wife of producer-musician Mark Ronson is discussing her recent … Continued

Meet Soko, France’s Newest Double Threat

As the title character in director Alice Winocour’s debut feature, Augustine, French ingénue Stéphanie Sokolinski—aka Soko—delivers one of the bravest, strangest performances of the year. Based on a true story, the drama chronicles the sexual awakening of a repressed 19th-century Parisian maid who, after becoming … Continued

Olga Kurylenko, From the Moscow Subway to ‘Oblivion’

“I wouldn’t go for the blue pill,” says London-based Ukrainian bombshell Olga Kurylenko of The Matrix’s famed tablet, which offered blissful ignorance over its reality-facing red counterpart. “I’d go for the red pill. My family never tried to portray things in a better light. That’s how I … Continued

Doldrums on the Psychological Choice to Make Art, Not Money

If listening to Airick Woodhead’s bizarre brand of blippy, tribal chaos-pop elicits images of some mind-bending underground art-rave, that’s because the 23-year-old, Montreal-based bohemian immersed himself in that exact scene when he began producing Lesser Evil, his debut album under the name Doldrums. After ambling … Continued

Brooklyn MC Joey Bada$$ Lays Out His Plan for World Domination

On his recently released debut mixtape, 1999, Joey Bada$$ achieves that rare feat in rap music: he manages to pile on the boyish braggadocio while still exhibiting an unpretentious appreciation for the classics. The rookie Brooklyn MC wants the world to know that, yes, he is the shit, but it’s only … Continued