How I learned to read Maya Angelou — lessons America is still learning.
Angelina Jolie has the best publicity game in Hollywood. Here’s how she does it.
I had to come out twice in middle school. Once as gay, but first as a Filipino immigrant.
Gay men have benefited the most from legal and cultural breakthroughs. We need to get over ourselves and care about issues that aren’t specifically about gay men.
“For too long a time in Europe, pro-life people did not really say clearly and directly what they believe.” After years on the margins of European politics, social conservatives are learning to fight back.
There’s a weird edge to the way Hollywood idolizes beautiful black women. And that’s putting it politely.
Nearly 900 journalists (anonymously) responded to BuzzFeed’s salary survey. Men and women appear to start their media careers on the same footing, but what happens at more senior levels?
I spent my teen and college years deep in a conservative Bible bubble. Here’s how abandoning my beliefs became the best thing I might always regret.
How a lawyer from the San Fernando Valley created a gossip empire and transformed himself into the most feared man in Hollywood, all by breaking a few long-held rules and, as rumor has it, lording over a notorious vault full of career-threatening secrets.
Sometimes you forget just how important it is to lose yourself in a book.
The doctors prescribe pills that cause uncontrolled muscle movements, mania, and hallucinations. Our family clings to storytelling in order to survive.
As the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics bring unprecedented attention — and controversy — Brazil has been shaped by a sprawling, unique digital culture that may be more socially and politically active than any other country’s.
When I was 35 and single in New York City, I was convinced I’d be alone forever. Undergoing a costly procedure to buy myself time seemed like the right choice.
In Washington state, a 10- and 11-year-old were sentenced to years in a detention facility after being caught with weapons and claiming they were going to murder other kids at their school. Where is the line between a childish game and a real threat?
Our teen idols are “all heart, no libido” — so what happens when they grow up? Ricky Nelson, Rock Hudson, Zac Efron, and the impossible contradictions of masculinity.
Is Tottenham Hotspur’s nickname — the Yids — an anti-Semitic slur that should get its fans arrested, a misunderstood tradition, or a rousing cry for Jewish pride? Whatever the answer, it has become a flashpoint for discussion of free speech, civility, and the public image of an increasingly lucrative sport.
In an April marked by angry eclipses portending unexpected change, the ancient, long-debunked practice of astrology and its preeminent ambassador might be weirdly suited for the 21st century.
It was surreal to get everything I wanted in one bright flash.
Katherine Faw Morris, author of Young God, on returning to her impoverished home in Wilkes County, North Carolina.
On which side do you stand in the Battle of the Books?
The Notebook and the other movies based on his books are all variations on the same theme. But the reason you can’t stop watching them is more complex than you think.
Jen Doll, author of Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest, and J. Courtney Sullivan, author of The Engagements, talk tying the knot.
Remembering the rapper, performer, and poet — and the words he left behind — on his 43rd birthday.
Author Matthew Derby on how writing The Silent History helped him find the sister he never really knew.
You haven’t read that, bro, so don’t put it in your dating profile.
“Deep satire is a collision sport.”
Emma Straub, author of New York Times best-seller The Vacationers, reminisces about taking a road trip at the dawn of the iPhone age.
The author of last year’s acclaimed Eleanor and Park talks to BuzzFeed about the the soundtrack to her prose and shares an annotated playlist for her newest novel, Landline.
Catherine Lacey, author of Nobody Is Ever Missing, on how writers both are and are not their characters.