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Kate Knibbs

Senior Writer

Kate Knibbs is a senior writer at WIRED, covering culture. She was previously a writer at The Ringer and Gizmodo.

The Story Behind the Wrenching Finale of The Anarchists

HBO’s gripping docuseries wrapped last night with a surprising end. WIRED talked to director Todd Schramke about his unusual filmmaking journey.

When You’ve Lost the Kardashians, You’re Screwed

Plus: Instagram’s early days, moving markets with thumbs, and selling your soul on the stock market. 

The Summer's Best Read Is About AI, Surveillance, and Tiny Aliens

Ever wish George Saunders tried his hand at crime fiction? Try David Musgrave’s imaginative debut novel, Lambda.

Instagram Keeps Showing Me Children’s Tragedies

After I became a parent, my social media feeds filled up with videos of kids who are sick or have died. Why couldn’t I look away?

Finally, a Novel That Gets the Internet Right

Jordan Castro’s The Novelist nails the experience of being online, in all its abject glory.

Reality TV Has Become a Parody of Itself

If you can think of it, there’s probably a reality show about it. The surplus has taken the genre into the surreal.

A Novelist and an AI Cowrote Your Next Cringe-Read

The new novel Amor Cringe bills itself as “deepfake autofiction.” WIRED talked to its coauthors, K. Allado-McDowell and the language model GPT-3.

The Fight for Abortion Rights Is a Battle Over History

Justice Samuel Alito says the right to abortion was unknown in US law until “the latter part of the 20th century.” History says otherwise.

How a Telemedicine Abortion Provider Is Bracing for Post-Roe Life

The CEO of digital abortion clinic Hey Jane discusses the grim future of reproductive rights in the US and the clinic’s plans to keep providing access.

The Must-Have Gear for Going Out This Summer? Narcan!

With overdose deaths on the rise, it’s more important than ever to carry potentially life-saving medications. You never know who might need it.

We’re All Going to the World’s Fair Is a Meditative Creepypasta

Horror and boredom mingle in director Jane Schoenbrun’s new film about a girl obsessed with an online role-playing game.

The Rise of Sad-Voice Sci-Fi

You’ve probably heard it: From Her to After Yang to Dual, indie movies are relying on flat, emotionless dialog to set a dystopian tone.

No One Does Speculative Fiction Like Emily St. John Mandel 

In Sea of Tranquility, the Station Eleven author uses time travel and other sci-fi flourishes to ask older questions about how humans make meaning. 

Finally, a Down-to-Earth Space Odyssey

Rebecca Scherm’s A House Between Earth and the Moon is set amongst the stars, but is psychologically grounded.

Netflix’s Windfall Is a Perfect Class-Rage Noir

A tech billionaire confronts his burglar in the Netflix’s latest thriller. 

The Diminishing Returns of Streaming’s Glut of Grifters

From The Dropout to Inventing Anna, nothing represents this era of television better than the prevalence of scammer programming.

Volodymyr Zelensky Is Not a Meme

The Ukrainian president's actions in the face of the Russian invasion turned him into a hero online. But the Marvelization of political figures is dangerous.

What Are the Rules for Celebrities Promoting NFTs?

Non-fungible tokens are the next frontier of promotional content on social media. Right now, it’s the Wild West.

Severance Turns the Workplace Comedy Into a Horror Show

Ben Stiller’s new Apple TV+ show is a sprawling, twisty thriller in the vein of Charlie Kaufman. 

Steven Soderbergh’s Kimi Is a Lively Mess

His new techno-thriller is about a woman who hears a violent crime captured by a digital assistant. But there's a fundamental weirdness in its details.