E. Alex Jung

Features Writer

E. Alex Jung is a features writer at New York and Vulture who joined the staff in 2013. He has profiled Michaela Coel, Bong Joon Ho, and was nominated for a National Magazine Award for his piece on Anthony Veasna So.

  1. it’s theater season
    The Playwright on HIV Med StrikeThree months ago, Victor I. Cazares decided to stop taking their pills — until the New York Theatre Workshop calls for a cease-fire in Gaza.
  2. vulture quiz
    Are You a Mean Girls Superfan?Prove that you can hang with the Plastics.
  3. the year i ate new york
    The End of My Year Eating New YorkOur diner-at-large concludes his dinner with khachapuri, nostalgic kimchee biji, and a conciliatory strip steak at the Grill.
  4. the year i ate new york
    The Best Food, Oddest Drinks, and Strangest Nights From My Year Eating New YorkOur diner-at-large looks back on 12 gut-busting months.
  5. books
    Laila El-Haddad on How Gaza Is Losing Its Food CultureHer book, The Gaza Kitchen, is a work of “ghost archaeology” — an effort to document the cuisine when Palestinians had more control over their land.
  6. the year i ate new york
    The City’s Most Exciting Chefs Are Cooking in Someone Else’s Kitchen“Pop-ups are empowering because you really don’t have to answer to anybody.”
  7. the year i ate new york
    Why Are So Many Restaurants Called ‘Love Letters to New York’?Chefs have fallen for a phrase that is essentially meaningless.
  8. the year i ate new york
    Tanoreen Is ForeverTwenty-five years on, Rawia Bishara’s Palestinian destination is as heartening as ever.
  9. the year i ate new york
    Are We in a New Golden Age for Offal?Our diner-at-large packs his stomach with liver, intestine, kidney, and more.
  10. the year i ate new york
    Why Does So Much ‘Korean’ Fine Dining Still Feel So French?Our diner-at-large goes looking for food that escapes the contradiction of cosmopolitanism.
  11. the year i ate new york
    Erté, Lichtenstein, and Pastrami BLTsAn afternoon at New York’s premiere art gallery-slash-delicatessen
  12. the year i ate new york
    The Street Vendors Fighting for a Space in Sunset ParkPlaza Tonatiuh is a spirit and the spirit is resilient.
  13. the year i ate new york
    A Week at Gay Sleepaway CampBeach martinis, decimated oysters, and whole branzino on the grill.
  14. anonymous in hollywood
    How Much We Make in HollywoodAs the strike stretches on, 19 writers, actors, and crew members shared their hopes, fears, frustrations — and salaries.
  15. the year i ate new york
    This Chicken Blew Me AwayHakka Cuisine makes the best bird in town.
  16. the year i ate new york
    The Best Food of the Year (So Far)Our diner-at-large looks back on six months of sourdough baskets, Little Gem salads, and beef-curry potpies.
  17. the year i ate new york
    What Are L.A.’s Most New York Restaurants?Our diner-at-large heads west for the week.
  18. the year i ate new york
    Steak and Eggs and Zebra Fishnet StockingsOur diner-at-large gets dragged to brunch.
  19. profile
    Drew Barrymore Is Figuring It Out LiveHer radically intimate daytime show is as much therapy for her as it is for her guests.
  20. the year i ate new york
    The Necessity and Utility of a Home-Base RestaurantMore comforting than a standard neighborhood joint and only slightly less familiar than your sofa.
  21. the year i ate new york
    New York’s Way-Too-Cute (But Not Too Sweet) Asian PastriesCakes and crêpes to make you squeal.
  22. the year i ate new york
    What Is Kendall Roy’s Favorite Restaurant?Our diner-at-large heads uptown to cosplay Succession in the city’s swankiest dining rooms.
  23. the year i ate new york
    New York Restaurants Go Full CampIs anyone even supposed to like Bad Roman?
  24. the year i ate new york
    Ganjang Gejang Is Not for the TimidOur diner-at-large searches for a superior soy-marinated crab.
  25. profile
    Yaeji Lets LooseThe musician-slash-DJ is known for introspective dance music that brings the house down. On her debut album, she went searching for herself.
  26. the year i ate new york
    Manhattan’s Super-Jail Is Already Swallowing Chinatown“We were open less than a year…”
  27. the year i ate new york
    The Dinner Parties Happening Inside New York’s Restaurants“How do you capture the warmth of a people?”
  28. the year i ate new york
    The Best Way to Stop Taking Chicken for GrantedA yakitori exploration of the discarded parts of America’s most overlooked protein.
  29. the year i ate new york
    The Hotpot Haze of HaidilaoA steamy, celebratory feast in Flushing.
  30. the year i ate new york
    In Search of the New York Happy MealOur new diner-at-large looks for the best place to enjoy a martini and fries.
  31. a long talk
    ‘Our Task Was to Expand the Universe of the Book’After 43 years, Octavia Butler’s Kindred hits the screen. Showrunner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins awaits your critiques.
  32. profile
    The Spectacular Life of Octavia E. ButlerThe story of the girl who grew up in Pasadena, took the bus, loved her mom and grandmother, and wrote herself into the world.
  33. in conversation
    The Ecstasy of Karen OThe Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer will give in to her urges, so long as she’s onstage.
  34. in conversation
    Laura Linney Resists InterpretationThe actress lives for the stage, loves film crews, and treasures her co-stars. Just don’t ask her about the ending of Ozark.
  35. q&a
    Andrew Ahn Did Want to Show Dick on Fire Island“I remember asking, ‘Can I have two soft penises, one for each orgy?’”
  36. profile
    Hot Joel SummerJoel Kim Booster’s deliciously bawdy debut film, Fire Island, maps Pride and Prejudice’s class tensions onto the vacation hideaway for gay men.
  37. in conversation
    Melanie Lynskey Felt Like a Hollywood MisfitAfter debuting at 17, the actress was lost in the industry. “I kept getting reminded I was not the things you needed to be.”
  38. a long talk
    Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Are Just Getting StartedGrace and Frankie may be ending, but their era of collaborations is in full swing.
  39. vulture recommends
    We’re All Adult Babies in Kotaro’s WorldThe 4-year-old protagonist of Netflix’s anime adaptation teaches a lesson in empathy viewers of all ages would do well to hear.
  40. save the last dance
    Afterglow in Gallery LandWith her installation The New Eagle Creek Saloon, Sadie Barnette gives a gay bar new life at the Kitchen.
  41. profile
    Mitski in 9 ActsIf the musician has to reveal herself at all, she’d rather do it one short burst at a time.
  42. a long talk
    ‘It’s Always Been a Show About Growth’Issa Rae talks through the beats of Insecure’s bittersweet finale, the show’s legacy, and her one regret for Issa Dee.
  43. vulture festival 2021
    Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji Reflect on 5 Years of Issa and MollyA wine down with Insecure’s OTP.
  44. tv review
    In Sort Of, Love Means Not Having All the AnswersThe HBO Max show follows a gender-fluid 20-something who knows how to care for others but is still figuring out how to care for themselves.
  45. the vulture transcript
    Cowboy Bebop (Finally) Takes FlightEight months of delays, two corgis, and one freak injury: the show’s stars on the long road to remaking an anime classic.
  46. profile
    Kumail Nanjiani’s FeelingsThe actor always wanted his own superhero transformation. Now he’s buff, a Marvel star, and struggling with how much of his new body is his own.
  47. chat room
    A Conversation With Squid Game’s Breakout Robot-Doll StarShe’s nice!
  48. fall preview 2021
    John Cho Trained Like a Superhero for Cowboy Bebop, the Anime-Classic Remake“The regimen was to become functionally athletic rather than show-horse athletic.”
  49. profile
    Anthony Veasna So Knew He Was a StarWhen the author died at 28, he was on the cusp of literary fame. Everyone remembers him differently.
  50. profile
    The Joke Was Never on Jennifer CoolidgeShe spins roles as trophy wives and divorcées into comic gold. Now she gets to show what else she can do.
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