The Making Of…

What it really takes to bring a creative idea to fruition


‘30 Rock’: the meta-sitcom for the Internet age

How Tina Fey and Co. skewered the conventions of TV comedy—and triumphed


Inside Benjamin Millepied’s Avant-Garde LA Dance Project

Downtown Los Angeles has a new dance scene


Design the Product, Not the Documentation

The need for designers to stay engaged from concept to launch.


For most designers, their first priority is the quality of their work. It’s their pride and joy, their business card, and above all, their meal ticket. But a designer’s work takes two formats:
1. the sequence of endless decisions on which the product is…


A Healthy Shake-up In Health Care

Is this the storm before the calm?


Humorist Art Buchwald said “The best things in life aren’t things.” Perspective matters.


Getting rid of genius

“Genius” is not only a misconception, it’s a threat to all artists


I’ve been trying to get rid of the word “genius” from my vocabulary…


A new kind of health exchange: good thoughts for bad ones

Your mental state matters — a lot


Penny Sarchet doesn’t think of herself as a detective, but she’s…


Boomers Are Asking: What’s Next?

The answer to one of life’s greatest questions may be closer than you think


The Healthiest People On Earth: What’s Their Secret?

Everyday conversations can be telling 


If you live in Japan you’re probably feeling pretty good. The…


An old white guy commits ‘chick lit’


A couple of years ago I decided to write a coming-of-age novel set in 1968, seen through the eyes of a twenty-one-year-old woman who, in the course of…


Relation In Space: The Artist Is Present.

Heartbreak is Mandatory


The Circular Image Sensor

Rethinking emulsion-free sensor shapes


I am likely ten years early with this proposal, but I like living beyond the edge. The phrase “emulsion-free” in the subtitle and my profile, while a humble attempt at pithiness, is also an observation that film is now irrelevant where the majority of cinematography is concerned.


That Takes Ovaries

A #Fem2 Interview With Rivka Solomon


— by Jianda Monique

Rivka Solomon, the daughter of 1960s activists, has long been…

Sonic Erotica: How Music Saved My (Sexual) Soul

Musical Interludes & Romancing Your Root Chakra


-jianda monique


The Case Against Compression

A counterintuitive approach to low-budget camera choices


Cinematography costs money. I sometimes think of my craft as being as…


Missing Nothing But Everything

48 hours without my mobile device taught me I’m not missing anything, except real life. 


Failing at Everything 

how do you know when you’ve succeeded as a parent?


My friend’s son just graduated High School. It’s a monumental moment in any parent’s…


Moms Should Get Paid

what I learned today: don’t leave three kids under five upstairs by themselves with a large suitcase and foot lotion within reach


On Being a Writer-Slash-Something-Else


All my life, I’ve wanted nothing more than to work with books. So I’m still kind of amazed that I get to do that now as both a writer and an editor. I know what a rare thing it is, to have found two jobs I truly love, and so I feel wonderfully, wildly, incredibly lucky. But it can also be a bit of a juggling act, especially when it comes to keeping…


Taco at the sausage party


Over the past few months, I’ve been lucky to get interviewed a lot (lucky, because it means I have something to promote, specifically, my little television program). Nikki and I get asked a variety of questions, but we always, inevitably, get asked some version of, “What is it like to be a woman in comedy?” And every time, I give a slightly different answer, because…


On Playing With Others


The great thing about writing fiction is that whatever you say—with enough authority—becomes true. There are no requirements about how many characters you need, or what kind. It won’t be more aesthetically pleasing if you have four people talking during the course of a story, instead of three. You don’t have to collaborate with anyone, and there are no casting issues…


Truth and Melodrama and Phil Spector


We know any drama ends when we find the answer to the question which gave rise to it. When we discover the answer simultaneously with the hero, the…


Focus


Before the wild post-season of the millennial Mets, I had never been a sports fan. But that year, for an obscure set of reasons that may or may not become clear through the telling of this…


Stars, they’re just like us


This is a story about the birth of modern celebrity media coverage.

It was early 2002 at Us Weekly magazine, which had recently started…


The One Olive


My business is a game of minutes.

A day on a TV set is to see a constant checkerboarding of estimates and events. The goal is to always be moving. Always be…


Things To Consider When Submitting To Write For A Late Night Show.


This past fall, I had the amazing privilege of hiring a writing staff for my upcoming TV show, Nikki & Sara Live. I was flattered and honored when hundreds of people applied. It was a super fun experience, but it was also an incredibly illuminating one. Reading so many packets made a couple of things very very clear…

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