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.
That Your Days May Be LongBy Megan Hustad
After an itinerant childhood with her missionary family, a young woman discovers the distances that remain.
Caregiving in the Age of Long DeclineBy Nell Lake
Her mother’s final death, then, came both hard and as a relief.
On the Rights and Privileges of Being an AlienBy Toni Nealie
A writer and mother learns what it means to be foreign and dark-skinned in the United States.
FrackedBy S. Harrison Grigg
A central Pennsylvania town, overrun by outsiders looking to make a buck and leave, confronts the natural gas boom and its own unpleasant truths.
Morgan: A LyricBy Boyer Rickel
The writer reflects on love and disease after losing his partner.
South Carolina: The Border Control StateBy Todd Miller
After eighteen years in South Carolina, the first state with its own border patrol unit, a woman makes the decision to “self-deport.”
The Writer and the RebellionBy Matthew Davis
“The last chapter is the most difficult to finish in a revolution, as in a novel,” writes Khaled Khalifa from war-torn Syria.
On the Road to IslamabadBy Heraldo Muñoz
Investigating the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, the UN lead commissioner recalls the surveillance and corruption that obstructed his team’s search for answers.
Exit StrategyBy China Miéville
In the occupied West Bank, “Undesirable life is ended, and unauthorized death is banned.”
All The Selves We Have BeenBy Lynne Segal
Writing against the cultural aversion to aging and the aged, the feminist scholar explores our impulse to stop time.
Guernica Films: Measure of a LifeBy Madiha Tahir and Messiah Rhodes
Face-to-face with survivors of one of the most infamous drone strikes in Pakistan.
Lingua FrancaBy Mika Taylor
How can you gauge recovery if you don’t allow the recovered to live? To travel? To risk?
White GirlsBy Hilton Als
I see how we are all the same, that none of us are white women or black men; rather, we’re a series of mouths, and that every mouth needs filling: with something wet or dry, like love, or unfamiliar and savory, like love.
Enduring ExileBy Alia Malek
A family’s journey from Armenia to Syria and back again.
Krazy KomicBy Anna Clark
One hundred years later, why is George Herriman’s Krazy Kat still so radical?
My Friend Evelyn EinsteinBy Michele Zackheim
The author reflects on her fifteen-year friendship with the physicist’s granddaughter—or perhaps his second illegitimate daughter.
Heaven, Hell, and EarthBy Catherine Cooper
Mental health, spiritual healers, and the hidden afterlife of war in Sierra Leone.
The Naked ManBy Michael Thomsen
In the modern redux, penis is patriarchy, and patriarchy is violence. But must to show one’s penis be to endorse power and privilege? An, er, intimate reconsideration of male nudity.
After May DayBy Nathan Schneider
On Occupy Wall Street’s second anniversary, revisiting the expectations and disappointments of the general strike meant to reignite the movement.
The Effects of the Rio Grande Valley on a Scholarship BoyBy César Díaz
Revisiting Brownsville, Texas.