Religion in America: Gods and Devils

December 2014

A Guernica special issue.

Yo Soy el Diablo

By Scott Cheshire
December 2014

Religion in America: The Devil as part of a rather American tradition.

What Will Happen to All of That Beauty?

By Ayana Mathis
December 2014

Religion in America: Why does our humanity mean we are at once of God and utterly separate from Him?

Allah Guides to His Light Whomever He Wishes

By Peter Manseau
December 2014

Religion in America: Muslim revert Kenny Irwin Jr.’s Robolights display is a fixture of Christmas in Southern California.

The Limits of Jurisdiction

By Erin Siegal McIntyre
December 2014

For the past six years, Karen has lived in Missouri with her adoptive parents. But a Guatemalan couple are convinced the child is their kidnapped daughter, Anyelí.

La Milonguera

By Tamzin Baker
December 2014

In Buenos Aires, a tango dancer’s tragic accident ends her career—and unearths longstanding trauma.

After the Green Death

By Will Boast
November 2014

At the top of the pantheon of spirits in Burma are the Thirty-Seven Nats. Twirling on earth, in a shimmering shawl, is their 74-year-old medium, U Nan Win.

Fatherland

By Nisa Qazi
November 2014

When they arrived in Abbottabad, my mother thought it was the most beautiful place she had ever seen. My father was glad for his homecoming.

The Junk Trade

By Randal O’Wain
November 2014

I could still feel his touch, and each time I thought about his truck I felt guilty.

Consumed

By Lance Richardson
October 2014

A meditation on being eaten.

Soldier Girl

By Rohini Mohan
October 2014

Looking back on a fifteen-year career as a Tamil Tiger.

In the Prison of New Beginnings

By Tanya Erzen
October 2014

In the South’s bloodiest prisons, Baptists say they can reform prisoners by turning them into missionaries.

American Empires: Power and Its Discontents

October 2014

American Empires: A Guernica special issue.

The Rise and Fall of Public Housing in NYC

By Richard Price
October 2014

American Empires: A subjective overview.

From Baghdad to the Bakken

By Laura Gottesdiener
October 2014

American Empires: Home from the oil wars abroad, US service members and military contractors are flocking to North Dakota’s emerging boomtowns.

The Chicken Competition

By Christopher Leonard
October 2014

American Empires: How poultry companies concentrate wealth and pit farmers against each other in a secretive tournament pay system.

Unraveling

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.

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