By Toni Nealie
September 2014

What kind of real mother would film the death of a child?

Freedom Mandate

By Sarah Smarsh
September 2014

When the religious right co-opts the push to reinvigorate civics education, dubious legislation reveals the most powerful people in public schools.

Medicine and Its Metaphors

By Eula Biss
September 2014

A mother confronts the waning paternalism of doctors and comes to terms with needing the care of others.

Once Returned

Edited by Cate Malek and Mateo Hoke
August 2014

I admit my decision to move my family to Gaza is kind of strange.

I Said Infantry

By Brian Turner
August 2014

An Army sergeant reflects on his service in Iraq and how his family’s history with PTSD led him to sign up in the first place.

Keeping Pace

By Brandon Lingle
August 2014

His son’s diagnosis—hypoplastic left heart syndrome—has one father thinking about the reasons to run.

Prison Journal of a Child Bride

By Zarbibi, translated by Roger Sedarat
August 2014

At times I wonder whether they considered me a human being or a lamb to sacrifice for their own good.

Going Underground

By Raphael Allison
July 2014

Rock bands, the academy as subculture, and staving off the crisis in the humanities.

Class in America: The Fault Lines

June 2014

A Guernica special issue.

Scenes From a Life in Negroland

By Margo Jefferson
June 2014

We knew what was expected of us. Negro privilege had to be circumspect: impeccable but not arrogant; confident yet obliging; dignified, not intrusive.

Ghosts in the Land of Plenty

By Luis Alberto Urrea
June 2014

I always seek out the maids. I always want to help the janitors sweep. My wife says I have a Jesus complex. What I have is a class issue.

The Teaching Class

By Rachel Riederer
June 2014

Teaching college is no longer a middle-class job, and everyone paying tuition should care.

Austerity Economics Is Like a Kick in the Groin

By John Patrick Leary
June 2014

RoboCop’s lessons for our time.

Land of Milk and Money

By Nathan Deuel
June 2014

Is Tech 2.0 boon or bust for quality of life in the Bay Area? A tourist investigates.

Gallows Humor: Political Satire in Sisi’s Egypt

By Jonathan Guyer
May 2014

The country’s cartoonists find creative ways to defy censors.

The Ayatollahs

By Kai Bird
May 2014

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author looks inside 1979’s subterfuge and the lead-up to the Iran-Contra scandal.

Fathers of Revolution

By Wendy Pearlman
May 2014

How much more must Syrians pay for their uprising against the Assad government?

Up from Radicalism

By Ellen Willis
May 2014

A feminist journal, revisited.

Old Wine, Broken Bottle

By Norman G. Finkelstein
May 2014

Ari Shavit as harbinger of Israel’s new hard sell to American Jews.

The Life Sentence of Dicky Joe Jackson and His Family

By J. Malcolm Garcia
April 2014

In order to pay for his son Cole’s life-saving surgery, he transported meth. But he got caught.

The Chemistry of an Echo

By Candace Opper
April 2014

On the twentieth anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, investigating copycat suicide and the lasting influence of the Nirvana icon.

It Will Look Like a Sunset

By Kelly Sundberg
April 2014

“You made me hit you in the face,” he said mournfully. “Now everyone is going to know.”

The American South: On the Map and in the Mind

March 2014

A Guernica special issue.

Hey Mama

By Kiese Laymon
March 2014

A black mother and her son talk about language and love in the South.

On the South

March 2014

Fifteen writers on a region, a culture, a mindset.

Against Bless-Your-Heart Manners

By Catherine Lacey
March 2014

On the paradox of LGBT churchgoers, Mississippi’s copycat anti-gay bill, and the South’s damaging culture of politeness.

On a Strange Roof, Thinking of Home

By Ed Winstead
March 2014

Toward a definition of Southern literature that goes beyond twang.

Official Histories

By Kirsten Weld
March 2014

Veterans of Guatemala’s long civil war recover the secret archive of the National Police, pulling together the missing parts of the past.

The Loneliest and Saddest Kind

By Ruth Fowler
February 2014

A trio of unlikely housemates navigates celibacy in sex-sopped Venice Beach.

Death in Camp Delta

By Mario Kaiser
February 2014

On the power of silence, submission to force-feeding, and the first suicides in Guantánamo.

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