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Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, “A Strange Loop,” features a Black queer writer named Usher, who also happens to work as an usher, struggling to write a musical about a Black queer writer. Jackson talked with the staff writer Hilton Als about his coming-of-age story, which is opening on Broadway this month. And the director Jane Schoenbrun talks about another coming-of-age story, “We’re All Going to the World’s Fair.” Her film is a horror movie about a teen girl living most of her life online. Plus, David Remnick talks with the music producer Jack Antonoff, who just won a Grammy Award for his work with Lana Del Rey, St. Vincent, Taylor Swift, Clairo, Lorde, and more.
Michael R. Jackson on “A Strange Loop,” His Black, Queer Coming-of-Age Musical
The playwright speaks with the staff writer Hilton Als about his musical, which won the Pulitzer Prize, and its inspirations in his own coming of age as a young writer.
Jack Antonoff on Growing Up Jersey
Antonoff, who just won a Grammy Award for producing albums by Taylor Swift and other artists, talks with David Remnick about how growing up in the suburbs fuelled his creative drive.
“We’re All Going to the World’s Fair” and a Short History of Movies about the Internet
The director Jane Schoenbrun’s new horror film is about a teen girl’s coming of age online. She talks with the Radio Hour’s Alex Barron about how movies have depicted the virtual world.
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