The Third MariaOona Patrick and Dean Ellis interview Maria Teresa Horta
The former member of the “Three Marias” on feminism forty years after the Portuguese Revolution, Facebook, and insubordination.
The Art of Independent PublishingJonathan Lee interviews Fiona McCrae
The publisher of Graywolf on the pleasure of finding books others have overlooked.
A Muscle of BeliefErica Wright interviews Barbara Hamby
The Guggenheim fellow on returning to free verse in her latest collection, the difficulty of being joyful, and why poetry has taken the place of religion in her life.
Building in VerseParul Kapur Hinzen interviews Richard Blanco
The inaugural poet on writing through cultural dualities, the pleasure of bilingualism, and why “the poem is a kind of mathematical proof.”
Stasis ShiftElias Muhanna interviews Bassam Haddad
The Jadaliyya co-founder on telling alternative stories about the Arab world, understanding the life cycles of revolution, and confronting “the weight of ancient problems.”
Beating the DrumDwyer Murphy interviews Jesmyn Ward
The National Book Award winner on substance abuse in the rural South and being told she’d written “just a Southern book.”
Sound MedicineHenry Peck interviews Valerie June
The “moonshine roots” musician on the magnetism of Southern music, learning to sing in church, and the timbre of the Tennessee landscape.
Salt of the EarthMeara Sharma interviews Marcie Cohen Ferris
The Southern food historian on the politics of consumption, matzoh ball gumbo, and the multicultural “terroir” of the South.
Walking with the WindAlex Carp interviews Bryan Stevenson
The Alabama-based lawyer on who we talk about when we talk about the Old South and how his project to locate and mark the sites of slave markets speaks the language of Southern history.
This Is Also My WorldDwyer Murphy interviews Rabih Alameddine
The Lebanese-American author on the dangers of writing what you know, the constant fear that he’s destroying his career, and why he believes that much of contemporary U.S. fiction is “not adventurous enough.”
Little FailuresMichael Hafford interviews Gary Shteyngart
The satirist on drinking too much, learning to write through psychoanalysis, and making the switch to memoir.
Running to the RiverMichael Halmshaw interviews Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
The Caine Prize-winning writer on resurrecting history’s ghosts, finding stories amid political violence, and why “Kenya is a mercurial character.”
The Useless TruthJonathan Lee interviews Rachel Kushner
The National Book Award finalist on what makes a great sentence and channeling Roberto Bolaño.
By the SeaPamela Cohn interviews Mais Darwazah
The filmmaker on finding inspiration in poetry and the meaning of “home” in Palestine.
Gay Propaganda and Russia’s Shrinking Public SpaceMeara Sharma interviews Masha Gessen
The investigative journalist on anti-queer campaigns and the “catastrophe” of exile.
Where’s The Rage?Kamila Shamsie in conversation with Pankaj Mishra
Kamila Shamsie and Pankaj Mishra discuss the absence of political anger in Western literature and why we shouldn’t be so quick to condemn writers like Mo Yan.
Justice in ChinaEmily Parker in conversation with Yiyun Li
Emily Parker talks with Yiyun Li about self-censorship in China, the line between fact and fiction, and whether it’s possible to create good art under a repressive regime.
A Gap in DefinitionsJonathan Lee interviews Nick Laird
The award-winning Northern Irish writer on life in New York, poetry as “a way of being alone without feeling alone,” and why “all writing is political.”
Through the Looking GlassMeara Sharma interviews Deborah Solomon
A new biography of Norman Rockwell casts light on the man who hid behind his finely wrought paintings.
From Left FieldSusie Linfield interviews Ari Shavit
The controversial author unravels the complexity of the Israel-Palestine conflict and the “inevitable tragedy” at the heart of Zionism.
The Fake CasePamela Cohn interviews Andreas Johnsen
The Danish filmmaker spent four years filming Chinese artist Ai Weiwei despite heavy surveillance, and the impact the film could have on the artist’s future.
Paint and Die HappyHaniya Rae interviews Kathryn Lynch
The American painter on the terror of a blank canvas, finding inspiration in the streets of New York, and how motherhood has impacted her art.
The Science of SexKatherine Rowland interviews Daniel Bergner
The journalist on researching lust, the myth of female monogamy, and why “voyeurism is essential to good writing.”
Portraits Of BlacknessLauren K. Alleyne interviews Retha Powers
The general editor of the first major collection of black quotations on art and expression throughout African-American history.
Experiments in ChangeJamilah King interviews Deepa Gupta
The longtime climate change activist talks about online organizing in the Global South and the incremental nature of political change.
The Dark FantasticRob Sharp interviews Lore Segal
The writer and translator on the U.S. healthcare system, her guilt over creating characters from real life, and why she’s “not a good political militant.”
Radical ActsIsmail Khalidi interviews Bill Ayers
The activist, educator, and former leader of the Weather Underground on upholding revolutionary principles in “non-revolutionary times.”
Dead LanguageJonathan Lee interviews David Gilbert
The acclaimed & Sons author on the importance of entertainment, his slip into obsessive-compulsive behavior, and why he believes Salinger chose seclusion.
Doing Wicked ThingsRicardo Maldonado interviews Lucie Brock-Broido
The 2013 National Book Award Finalist on magical thinking, never breaking a vow, and why she wants her poems “to have long legs.”
The AfterwarKatherine Rowland interviews David Finkel
The Pulitzer Prize winner discusses PTSD, returning home from the front lines, and America’s “haphazard system” of veteran care.