Isaac Butler
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Isaac Butler is a writer and theater director, most recently of Real Enemies, which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is the co-author of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, with Dan Kois.

Mom and Dad Are Fighting
May 17 2018 2:01 PMMom and Dad Are Fighting: “Great Grandma Name Debate” EditionDoes a grandma get to name herself “Nema”?
Lend Me Your Ears
May 8 2018 1:28 PMLend Me Your EarsIntroducing Slate’s new podcast miniseries on Shakespeare and politics.
Brow Beat
May 1 2018 8:00 AMBarry’s Class ActThe HBO series’ hit-man-goes-to-acting-school conceit gives way to a subtle satire on the lust for fame.
Brow Beat
March 16 2018 11:28 AMErrol Morris on His Movie—and Long Friendship—With Stephen HawkingThe Brief History of Time filmmaker remembers one-liners, lobster dinners, and the time the astrophysicist offered to speak to his son’s math teacher about a grade.
Wide Angle
Feb. 13 2018 7:30 AMAngels in North CarolinaHow one Southern theater won a culture battle but lost the culture wars.
Wide Angle
Feb. 2 2018 5:47 AMHe Already Has Two Tonys and a Pulitzer. Now Tracy Letts Is Having Another Moment.A mostly truthful interview with the actor and playwright about finding his place in Hollywood and why his new play isn’t about Trump.
Television
Dec. 15 2017 5:55 AMWhy Errol Morris Reinvented His Approach for His New Netflix SeriesThe master documentarian on abandoning the Interrotron, doubling down on dramatizations, and why he’s still not done with Wormwood.
Culture Gabfest
Oct. 11 2017 10:34 AMThe Culture Gabfest “We’ve Seen Things You People Wouldn’t Believe” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Blade Runner 2049, Season 4 of Transparent, and Harvey Weinstein.
Culture Gabfest
Aug. 30 2017 11:19 AMThe Culture Gabfest “#NoFilter” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Ingrid Goes West, Rick and Morty, and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede.
Brow Beat
Aug. 25 2017 7:03 AMArya and Sansa’s Conflict Is the Most Realistic Part of Game of Thrones
Brow Beat
Aug. 14 2017 12:56 PMGame of Thrones TV Club: Who Will Remain Loyal?
Brow Beat
July 31 2017 4:42 PMThe Genius of Sam Shepard Was Relentless, Without a Break
Brow Beat
July 25 2017 7:33 AMWhy We Shouldn’t Want Great Stage Actors to Make the Leap to Film
Brow Beat
July 17 2017 1:48 PMThe Game of Thrones Podcast Is Back for Season 7
Culture Gabfest
June 15 2017 3:23 PMThe Unexpected Genius of Car BoysWhat makes two dudes simulating car crashes such compelling viewing?
Trumpcast
May 14 2018 12:30 PMThe Psychic Tyranny of Shakespeare’s TyrantsHow the work of the playwright is useful to understanding our modern politics.
Lend Me Your Ears
May 8 2018 12:14 PMLend Me Your Ears: Julius CaesarWhy was Shakespeare so fascinated by the fall of the Roman Republic?
Culture Gabfest
March 28 2018 10:57 AMThe Culture Gabfest “The Great Work Begins” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Angels in America, The World Only Spins Forward, and Love, Simon.
Culture Gabfest
Feb. 14 2018 11:31 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Trundle-Tail Dog” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on BPM, Babylon Berlin, and Shakespeare’s plagiarism.
Brow Beat
Feb. 9 2018 9:00 AMPlagiarism Software’s New Discovery About Shakespeare Is an Opportunity to Rethink His GeniusThe Bard of Avon wasn’t a plagiarist, but genius isn’t born in a vacuum.
Brow Beat
Jan. 24 2018 12:08 PMWhere to Start With Ursula K. Le Guin
Brow Beat
Oct. 16 2017 9:35 AMWhere to Start With Rick and Morty? Try This Episode.
Brow Beat
Sept. 27 2017 7:33 AMTransparent Is the Most Jewish TV Show Ever
Brow Beat
Aug. 28 2017 2:11 PMGame of Thrones TV Club: Family Ties Get Tangled
Brow Beat
Aug. 21 2017 1:45 PMGame of Thrones TV Club: Suspending Belief Beyond the Wall
Books
Aug. 14 2017 7:45 AMNowhere ManIn this extraordinary Korean comic, a cartoonist and his wife escape to the country, and everything goes wrong.
Brow Beat
July 31 2017 1:09 PMGame of Thrones TV Club: Cersei Gets Her Revenge
Brow Beat
July 24 2017 1:41 PMGame of Thrones’ Latest Sadistic Villain Arrives on the High Seas
Conspiracy Thrillers
June 20 2017 8:00 AMConspiracy Thrillers Movie Club: The Conversation and Enemy of the StateBefore 9/11, the idea of constant government surveillance seemed extreme. Now we take it for granted.
Culture Gabfest
June 14 2017 10:40 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Thus Always to Tyrants” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Mommy Dead and Dearest, the Public Theater’s Julius Caesar controversy, and the new podcast Hi-Phi Nation.

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