Watch a 1970 short documentary about Alice Coltrane

Breadcrumb Trail, a documentary about Slint

“Vineland is not the novel Pynchon’s fans were expecting” | A 1990 Pynchon profile

Saul Steinberg Talks

Mental Places: A Conversation with Gerald Murnane

Lynch wasn’t somebody who you could schedule with

This Steely Dan Documentary Is Worth Your Time Even If You Don’t Like Steely Dan

Even if you don’t like Steely Dan, this 1999 documentary about the making of their 1977 album Aja is fantastic. (The first segment of the YouTube vid might be blocked in your country; watch via this link if so).

First off, the Aja documentary is fucking hilarious—Walter Becker and Donald Fagen come across as the smartest, most venomous guys in the room—a wicked mixture of witty and cruel—-and watching them discuss each track, and each part of each track is fascinating (especially when they pick apart failed guitar solos). The film also features a marvelous supporting cast, including braggart percussionist Bernard Purdie (of “The Purdie Shuffle” fame), and poor old Michael McDonald, who struggled to nail his background parts on “Peg.” What might be most fascinating though is seeing how Fagen and Becker pieced the instrumental tracks of Aja together, bringing in different session musicians—entirely different bands—from day to day. And if you’re still not convinced, here’s a sample (of a sample):



David Berman goes to Israel in the 2007 documentary Silver Jew

John Berger or The Art of Looking

John Berger or The Art of Looking is a documentary biography of the late John Berger. Directed by Cordelia Dvorák and released in November, 2016.

Watch Hiroshi Teshigahara’s tranquil visual poem, Antonio Gaudí

Trailer for Terrence Malick’s first documentary, Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey

What Is Royal Trux?

Don DeLillo: The Word, the Image, the Gun (Documentary)

Watch A Day in the Afterlife, a 1994 documentary about Philip K. Dick

Watch Guilty as Charged, a documentary about Harry Crews

Watch The Lives of Brian, A Documentary About Flann O’Brien

Watch Discovering Electronic Music, a 1983 Documentary about Synthesizers and Sampling