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.

The Cuckold

By James Harms
February 2014

Do all cuckolds start out fearless and end up foolish?

Freedom of Expression: The Gray Areas

February 2014

Guernica and Free Word in association with Article 19 and English PEN.

Repression By Any Other Name

By Ariel Dorfman
February 2014

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
February 2014

Excerpts from Chinese dissident Hu Ping’s seminal 1980 essay, translated for the first time into English.

The Torturable Class

By Mirza Waheed
February 2014

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 Areas

By Gillian Slovo
February 2014

Are some acts so revolting that the people who commit them do not deserve a hearing?

Playing Favorites

By Rebecca MacKinnon
February 2014

If a company were to commit to decline all government censorship surveillance requests, it would be able to do business precisely nowhere.

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