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.
Southern ClassDwyer Murphy interviews Daniel Woodrell
The acclaimed author on tragedy and poverty in Missouri, America’s class divide, and the rejections his novel Winter’s Bone received.
The PendulumRichard Wolinsky interviews Joyce Carol Oates
The prolific novelist on historical fiction, overthrowing oppression and her two most recent works, Daddy Love and The Accursed.
Telling a WhopperKatherine Rowland interviews James McBride
The writer-musician rewrites the Battle Hymn in his new novel, The Good Lord Bird.
Talking to IrelandJonathan Lee interviews Maggie O’Farrell
The multi-prize-winning author talks about dissecting 1970s Britain in her new book, the “loathsome” idea that motherhood is incompatible with writing, and why stutterers make good novelists.
Freedom’s Ill FortunesKatherine Rowland interviews George Packer
The New Yorker journalist on the decadence of Washington, Wall Street, and Silicon Valley; institutional decay; and the widening gulf between rich and poor in America.
The Art Of Not BelongingDwyer Murphy interviews Edwidge Danticat
The multi-award winning writer on immigration reform, returning to Haiti in her new book, and why Wikipedia is still “micro-categorizing women writers.”
Bare-Knuckle WritingJonathan Lee interviews Katie Kitamura
The acclaimed novelist & art critic on dismantling notions of gendered writing, the pleasures of translated texts, and “the clear divide between art and politics” in contemporary American fiction.
Mystery Is All There IsMichael E. Halmshaw interviews Nadeem Aslam
The prize-winning novelist on learning English by copying out Moby Dick, politics in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and his compulsion to write from a terrorist’s perspective.
Out of BoundsMishal Husain interviews Julia Farrington, Frances Harrison, John Kampfner, and Salil Tripathi
Censorship and freedom of speech in Sri Lanka, India, China, Burma, and England.
Rebuilding LibyaSam Thompson interviews Salah Al Haddad
The formerly blacklisted writer talks about censorship under the Gadhafi regime, seeking asylum in Ireland, and why culture in Tripoli is now “as important as food and water.”
Ground TruthingDevon Fredericksen interviews Terry Tempest Williams
The writer-activist on the qualities of silence, bearing witness to trauma, and seeking sustenance in the world’s fragile beauty.
How to Make a LifeDwyer Murphy interviews Alexander Maksik
The acclaimed novelist and short story writer talks about sensual sentences, the controversy surrounding his first novel, and why his “enemy is blasé, detached, ironic art of any kind.”
It’s All in Your HeadKatherine Rowland interviews Gary Greenberg
People come to think of their unhappiness as a disease, rather than the result of a traumatic world.
Surfacing ImpunityEmma Myers interviews Joshua Oppenheimer
The documentary filmmaker on reenacting atrocity as an allegory for impunity in his new film, The Act of Killing, which exposes the perpetrators of Indonesia’s mid-century genocide.
Literary Culture ClashJonathan Lee interviews Nicole Aragi
The “super-agent” talks about finding success with messy, difficult books, re-thinking how we publish works in translation, and the advice she gives to authors—no hotel porn on book tours.
Untold StoriesDeirdre Sugiuchi interviews Julia Scheeres
New York Times bestseller Julia Scheeres discusses racial utopias, the mass “suicide” in Jonestown in 1978, and coming of age in an abusive Christian reform school.
Beyond the Binary Behind BarsJulianne Hing interviews Juanita Diaz-Cotto
The activist academic on the prison industrial military complex and its impact on women of color.
Does Truth Have a Tone?Lauren K. Alleyne interviews Jamaica Kincaid
Jamaica Kincaid on writing as transformation, “anger” versus truth, and those who think writers of color are “only entitled to write about the hardship of racism.”
A Long Time to ChangeRichard Wolinsky interviews Judy Juanita
The former Black Panther on coming of age in the party, ongoing police brutality, and her recent memoir turned novel, Virgin Soul.
Better Off SaidBenjamin Anastas, Trisha Low, Anthony Swofford and Agata Tuszynska in conversation with Rachel Riederer
Four writers on the gendered world of confessional writing, telling the truth about loved ones, and the line between bravery and betrayal.
RedeemedAmitava Kumar interviews Cheryl Strayed
The bestselling author of Wild on the Pacific Crest Trail, bringing consciousness to bear on the work, and how success has been met with a backlash.
Waging PeaceKatherine Rowland interviews Paul Chappell
The West Point grad turned anti-violence advocate on the havoc of trauma, the false security of war, and training peace activists to be more like soldiers.