This month's issue offers "First Drafts" from a variety of artists. Among them is Chuck Close. When we were pulling this together, I got a call from the web team asking me to moderate a discussion between Chuck and Paul Simon. I was initially alarmed because I didn't think I knew any of Close's work. Then I went to his studio and realized I knew quite a bit of it.
Nadia Lopez didn't think anybody cared about her middle school. Then Humans of New York told her story to the Internet—and everything changed.