After the Green DeathBy Will Boast
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.
FatherlandBy Nisa Qazi
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 TradeBy Randal O’Wain
I could still feel his touch, and each time I thought about his truck I felt guilty.
ConsumedBy Lance Richardson
A meditation on being eaten.
Soldier GirlBy Rohini Mohan
Looking back on a fifteen-year career as a Tamil Tiger.
In the Prison of New BeginningsBy Tanya Erzen
In the South’s bloodiest prisons, Baptists say they can reform prisoners by turning them into missionaries.
American Empires: Power and Its DiscontentsOctober 2014
American Empires: A Guernica special issue.
The Rise and Fall of Public Housing in NYCBy Richard Price
American Empires: A subjective overview.
From Baghdad to the BakkenBy Laura Gottesdiener
American Empires: Home from the oil wars abroad, US service members and military contractors are flocking to North Dakota’s emerging boomtowns.
The Chicken CompetitionBy Christopher Leonard
American Empires: How poultry companies concentrate wealth and pit farmers against each other in a secretive tournament pay system.
UnravelingBy Toni Nealie
What kind of real mother would film the death of a child?
Freedom MandateBy Sarah Smarsh
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 MetaphorsBy Eula Biss
A mother confronts the waning paternalism of doctors and comes to terms with needing the care of others.
Once ReturnedEdited by Cate Malek and Mateo Hoke
I admit my decision to move my family to Gaza is kind of strange.
I Said InfantryBy Brian Turner
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 PaceBy Brandon Lingle
His son’s diagnosis—hypoplastic left heart syndrome—has one father thinking about the reasons to run.
Prison Journal of a Child BrideBy Zarbibi, translated by Roger Sedarat
At times I wonder whether they considered me a human being or a lamb to sacrifice for their own good.
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.