Weaving carpets in Afghanistan.
The Faraway NearbyBy Rebecca Solnit
What’s your story? It’s all in the telling.
Mozambique’s Mining BoomtownBy Rowan Moore Gerety
The discovery of a massive coal basin in Mozambique has kicked up a frenzy of investment, but this steroidal economy comes with a cost.
Crossing the Street in JaipurBy Ariel Dorfman
The activist and author reflects on childhood memories and the traffic of India’s Pink City.
Assad’s CastawaysBy J. Malcolm Garcia
A portrait of Syria’s child-refugees in Antakya, Turkey.
Literary ArchaeologyBy Anna Clark
Muriel Rukeyser’s lost novel and the recovery of work by women writers
A Lesson In Daily LongingBy Scott Korb
On the origins of Zaytuna College, the United States’ first Muslim liberal arts institution, and the scholars and students who call it home.
Nowhere to TurnBy Lauren Markham
There is no such thing as an environmental refugee, yet displacement as the result of climate change is growing exponentially. A personal look at the crisis in East Africa.
Revolution DownloadBy J. Malcolm Garcia
Among the rebels in war-torn Syria.
Breath of HeavenBy John B. Thompson
For Sufi saint Amadu Bamba, labor was a path to enlightenment. For his followers, work is a kind of prayer. In Senegal, Sufism comes down from the clouds.
Guernica Movies: 5+5By Xu Xing and Andrea Cavazzuti
Life in a Chinese artists’ colony through the eyes of the local taxi driver
Writing-MachineBy Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer
Letters from a quarter century of correspondence between the acclaimed American poet and the Swedish Nobel Prize winner.
The ThrowawaysBy Sara Mojtehedzadeh
In Kenya, doctors are force-sterilizing HIV-positive women without their consent—and in some cases, without their knowledge.
The Minority Report of David PowellBy Maurice Chammah
The story behind a landmark case that transformed death penalty trials in the U.S.
Transforming Pornography: Black Porn for Black WomenBy Sinnamon Love
The author, a self-titled “black feminist pornographer,” works to dismantle stereotypes one video at a time.
The Honey TrapBy Katherine Rowland
The training camp where Stasi once learned to catch secrets with sex is a now free-love commune. But even free love isn’t easy. Meet a radical community’s jealous lovers.
Passion PitBy Eleanor Stanford
What blooms in Brazil’s coastal desert.
Impunity in IndiaBy Shubh Mathur
Major Avtar Singh of the Indian Army’s counterinsurgency in Kashmir killed dozens. India refused to punish him. So did Canada and the U.S., where he killed his family and committed suicide.
The Dark Side of Asperger’sBy Charli Devnet
Adam Lanza may have had Asperger’s, a condition our author lives with. Marginalizing him—whether he’s ‘one of us’ or not—only further compounds the tragedy.
The Longest Hunger StrikeBy Ann Neumann
American courts recognize rights to refuse life-saving treatment. So why won’t the State of Connecticut let William Coleman die?
Anything That MovesBy Nick Turse
Recently unearthed documents and testimony reveal that the U.S.’s war crimes in Vietnam were far more widespread—and egregious—than previously known.
Justice DelayedBy Patrick Wrigley
As the disappeared from the Kurdish-Turkish conflict are unearthed from unmarked graves, will the government help deliver justice?
We Call This ProgressBy Arundhati Roy
From a speech at the Earth at Risk conference, Roy on the misuses of democracy and the revolutionary power of exclusion.
Escape to AlcatrazBy S.J. Culver
Notes on prison tourism.
Bajo Aguan’s Modern Tragedy of the CommonsBy Danielle Marie Mackey
Human rights abusers who help stop climate change, and the global system that keeps them in business
In A NameBy Naira Kuzmich
Names hold culture and history. They defend or surrender their bearer to the prejudices of the world. So what does it mean when your name doesn’t mean anything?
Art Under AusterityBy Lorna Scott Fox
Returning to Spain, a journalist and critic maps responses to the economic crisis and its historical points of origin.
Guernica Movies: Plastic, RepurposedBy Tess Thackara
A new documentary reveals the beauty and horror of plastic waste
This, DesireErotic Fiction presented in two parts by Roxane Gay
Guest fiction editor Roxane Gay introduces this issue’s erotica.
It Doesn’t Mean We’re Wasting Our TimeBy Frank Cassese
Reflections on a postcard from David Foster Wallace
Don’t Step HereBy Wendy Call
The natural world reveals mirth, mystery, and what we mean by “home.”
How Things Fell ApartBy Chinua Achebe
In an excerpt from his long-awaited memoir, the inventor of the post-colonial African novel in English discusses his origins as a writer and the seeds of revolt against the British Empire.
Rebel CitiesBy Kanishk Tharoor
Occupy Wall Street staged a rebellion against corporate corruption and economic inequality in Manhattan’s parks and streets, but the battle for the city began with nineteenth century electrification of Broadway.
The Limits of CommunicationBy Jodi Dean
Political theorist Jodi Dean probes the contradictions and traps of nonstop information.
Rock WhispererBy Daniel Grossman
To find out how fast, and how much, polar ice might melt in the future, scientists are looking to ancient rocks for clues of what happened in the past.
From Whence I CameBy Joe Mozingo
A White American goes to Cameroon in search of his past.
The Monkeyman of DelhiBy Aman Sethi
Aman Sethi consults a troubled storyteller about the terrifying urban legends proliferating among Delhi’s displaced urban poor.
The Last Place You Ever LiveBy John Fischer
My mother needs her loom, and my father wants a wood shop. What do Baby Boomers consider before they sign away their worldly wealth?
SpeakoutBy Robert O. Self
In an excerpt from his upcoming book, Robert O. Self shows how the antirape movement in the 1970s inspired legislative reform, workplace shifts–and a rift across race and class
Ship WriteBy Geoff Dyer
Isolated for one night in a boat overlooking the Thames, Geoff Dyer explores representations of reality through the lens of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.
Making FacesBy Chantel Tattoli
Two potters keep an unusual art alive in South Carolina.
The Five-Star OccupationBy Naomi Zeveloff
Is Ramallah’s economic boom a sign of progress or surrender?
Life Under LockdownBy Jamal Mahjoub
Residents of the Gaza Strip are restricted in their movements, in what they can bring into and send out of their land, even how far off their shores they can fish. Words, though, know no borders.
Haiti’s Gold RushBy Jacob Kushner
Riches beckon from beneath Haiti’s hills, and mining companies are hoping to lock in huge tax breaks to get at them.
Islam and the Arab AwakeningBy Tariq Ramadan
As Islamists across the Arab World continue to enshrine sharî’a concepts in their constitutions, noted academic Tariq Ramadan asks, are other alternatives available?
Closing the China GapBy Dambisa Moyo
China’s voracious appetite for resources isn’t something to be feared—it should be emulated.
Ghost Dances on the Great PlainsBy Josh Garrett-Davis
Before Wounded Knee, Native tribes following an apocalyptic prophet created a new dance that would, they hoped, rid the world of white people.
A Fire in My BellyBy Cynthia Carr
After losing his companion Peter Hujar to AIDS, artist and activist David Wojnarowicz attempts to film grief while wrestling with his own mortality.
The Messy Business of TacosBy Jeffrey M. Pilcher
Unwrapping the history of Mexico’s real national snack uncovers classism, dynamite, and shifting definitions of culture.
Not the Israel My Parents Promised MeBy Harvey Pekar and JT Waldman
In an excerpt from his posthumous graphic memoir, Pekar contends with his identity and the Jewish state.