Going UndergroundBy Raphael Allison
Rock bands, the academy as subculture, and staving off the crisis in the humanities.
Class in America: The Fault LinesJune 2014
A Guernica special issue.
Scenes From a Life in NegrolandBy Margo Jefferson
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 PlentyBy Luis Alberto Urrea
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 ClassBy Rachel Riederer
Teaching college is no longer a middle-class job, and everyone paying tuition should care.
Austerity Economics Is Like a Kick in the GroinBy John Patrick Leary
RoboCop’s lessons for our time.
Land of Milk and MoneyBy Nathan Deuel
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 EgyptBy Jonathan Guyer
The country’s cartoonists find creative ways to defy censors.
The AyatollahsBy Kai Bird
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author looks inside 1979’s subterfuge and the lead-up to the Iran-Contra scandal.
Fathers of RevolutionBy Wendy Pearlman
How much more must Syrians pay for their uprising against the Assad government?
Up from RadicalismBy Ellen Willis
A feminist journal, revisited.
Old Wine, Broken BottleBy Norman G. Finkelstein
Ari Shavit as harbinger of Israel’s new hard sell to American Jews.
The Life Sentence of Dicky Joe Jackson and His FamilyBy J. Malcolm Garcia
In order to pay for his son Cole’s life-saving surgery, he transported meth. But he got caught.
The Chemistry of an EchoBy Candace Opper
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 SunsetBy Kelly Sundberg
“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 MindMarch 2014
A Guernica special issue.
Hey MamaBy Kiese Laymon
A black mother and her son talk about language and love in the South.
On the SouthMarch 2014
Fifteen writers on a region, a culture, a mindset.
Against Bless-Your-Heart MannersBy Catherine Lacey
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 HomeBy Ed Winstead
Toward a definition of Southern literature that goes beyond twang.
Official HistoriesBy Kirsten Weld
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 KindBy Ruth Fowler
A trio of unlikely housemates navigates celibacy in sex-sopped Venice Beach.
Death in Camp DeltaBy Mario Kaiser
On the power of silence, submission to force-feeding, and the first suicides in Guantánamo.
The CuckoldBy James Harms
Do all cuckolds start out fearless and end up foolish?
Freedom of Expression: The Gray AreasFebruary 2014
Guernica and Free Word in association with Article 19 and English PEN.
Repression By Any Other NameBy Ariel Dorfman
The Chilean playwright remembers the moment he learned what it means to fear one’s own words—and finds that from Pinochet to the Patriot Act, the state listens, watches, and waits.
On Freedom of Speech 论言论自由By Hu Ping 胡平, translated from the Chinese by Eric Abrahamsen
Excerpts from Chinese dissident Hu Ping’s seminal 1980 essay, translated for the first time into English.
The Torturable ClassBy Mirza Waheed
When it comes to Kashmir, India acts as a police state, holding even speech hostage. Why this obsession with narrative control?
Writing in the Gray AreasBy Gillian Slovo
Are some acts so revolting that the people who commit them do not deserve a hearing?
Playing FavoritesBy Rebecca MacKinnon
If a company were to commit to decline all government censorship surveillance requests, it would be able to do business precisely nowhere.