The Three-Minute Life

1 season, 25 episodes

Visits with authors, musicians, and artists.

The Three-Minute Life

Books Richard Flanagan’s Writing Island Richard Flanagan, the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for fiction, welcomes us to his “writing shack” on Bruny Island, just off the southeastern coast of Tasmania.
Culture Lore Segal: Riverside Drive Lore Segal recalls her first walk along Riverside Drive in New Jersey, and pieces together her journey from Austria through faded memories and family photographs.
Humor At Home with Roz Chast Roz Chast published her first cartoon in The New Yorker in 1978. On a recent morning, we rode the train to Connecticut and stepped inside her colorful and cartoon-filled home to talk about her parrots, obsessions, collections, and cartoons.
Culture Explain Yourself: Richard Brody, Film Critic Richard Brody, the editor of the movies section in Goings On About Town, has been at the magazine for eight years. Together with David Denby and Anthony Lane, Richard covers the film world, mostly on his blog, The Front Row.
Books Office Hours with George Saunders George Saunders, the author of "Tenth of December," on reading, and writing, and teaching at Syracuse University.
Culture Follow the Pen Shantell Martin, an artist known for her stream-of-consciousness drawings, moved to New York from Tokyo five years ago. She draws on people, on airplanes, and on clothing; her whimsical white button-downs are not (yet) for sale.
Business Still Asking Betty Halbreich Betty Halbreich is Bergdorf Goodman's first personal shopper, and one of its oldest employees.
Books Jhumpa Lahiri at Work At her home in Brooklyn, Jhumpa Lahiri chats about writing, and about working on her book "The Lowland."
Culture Earl Sweatshirt: A Leaf in the Wind Earl Sweatshirt is a nineteen-year-old m.c. and one of the more popular members of the Los Angeles-based hip-hop group Odd Future. Here, Earl riffs on inspiration, solidifying one’s identity, and what he’s (not) looking forward to.
Culture A Visit with Joyce Carol Oates In this video, Joyce Carol Oates discusses writing, her daily routine, and her idea of her own personality.
Culture Explain Yourself: Liam Walsh, Cartoonist In this—the first edition of the “Explain Yourself” video series, in which New Yorker writers, artists, and cartoonists reveal the inspiration or thought process behind their work—the cartoonist Liam Walsh discusses one of his most popular cartoons.
Culture Jacob Collins: Learning to Draw The artist Jacob Collins draws a self-portrait and discusses his preference for representational, realistic paintings.
Culture Bruce Davidson's L.A. The photographer Bruce Davidson on his recent series “Nature of Los Angeles.”
Culture Basil Twist Discusses Puppetry We visited the master puppeteer Basil Twist at his studio in the West Village, where he put on an impromptu puppet show and discussed his upcoming piece set to Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.”
Culture Where I Used to Sleep Ryan, a formerly homeless transgender youth, visits places where he used to sleep.
Culture Gay Talese: A Man of Record Gay Talese gives a tour of his bunker, explains his writing process, and reflects on why he became a "man of record."
Culture Studio Visit: Platon The photographer Platon, best known for his portraits of powerful leaders, gives us a tour of his studio and discusses a project he's shot over the past twenty years during trips to his childhood home in the Greek Islands
Culture Bob Bozic’s Boxing Days Bob Bozic introduces himself and recounts his bout against Larry Holmes at Madison Square Garden.
Culture Daphne Guinness at Home Daphne Guinness “has been variously described in the press as an heiress, a muse, a socialite, a designer, and an artist.” In this video, Guinness gives an unorthodox tour of her New York City apartment and shows off the things that inspire her.
Culture Cory Arcangel: The Reprogrammer The artist Cory Arcangel, best known for his video game modifications, gives a tour of his Brooklyn studio and discusses his latest installation, a series of video bowling games reprogrammed to throw only gutter balls.
Culture Teju Cole: Passport to Liberty Teju Cole takes in the skyline from the roof of his apartment building in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and reflects on his American citizenship and Nigerian upbringing.
Culture Gary Shteyngart: Fly Away Home Gary Shteyngart describes his childhood obsessions with maps and with the toy airplane that he imagined would bring him back to his native city, Leningrad.
Culture Mary Ellen Mark, in “Everybody Street” Mary Ellen Mark discusses street photography in this exclusive expanded excerpt from “Everybody Street.”
Culture Bruce Gilden, in “Everybody Street” Bruce Gilden discusses street photography in this exclusive expanded excerpt from “Everybody Street.”
Culture The Youngest Candidate for City Council Dodge Landesman is an eighteen-year-old high-school junior who is running as a Democratic candidate for City Council in the Second District of Manhattan.