The Third Maria

Oona Patrick and Dean Ellis interview Maria Teresa Horta
April 2014

The former member of the “Three Marias” on feminism forty years after the Portuguese Revolution, Facebook, and insubordination.

The Art of Independent Publishing

Jonathan Lee interviews Fiona McCrae
April 2014

The publisher of Graywolf on the pleasure of finding books others have overlooked.

A Muscle of Belief

Erica Wright interviews Barbara Hamby
April 2014

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 Verse

Parul Kapur Hinzen interviews Richard Blanco
April 2014

The inaugural poet on writing through cultural dualities, the pleasure of bilingualism, and why “the poem is a kind of mathematical proof.”

Stasis Shift

Elias Muhanna interviews Bassam Haddad
April 2014

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 Drum

Dwyer Murphy interviews Jesmyn Ward
March 2014

The National Book Award winner on substance abuse in the rural South and being told she’d written “just a Southern book.”

Sound Medicine

Henry Peck interviews Valerie June
March 2014

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 Earth

Meara Sharma interviews Marcie Cohen Ferris
March 2014

The Southern food historian on the politics of consumption, matzoh ball gumbo, and the multicultural “terroir” of the South.

Walking with the Wind

Alex Carp interviews Bryan Stevenson
March 2014

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 World

Dwyer Murphy interviews Rabih Alameddine
March 2014

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 Failures

Michael Hafford interviews Gary Shteyngart
March 2014

The satirist on drinking too much, learning to write through psychoanalysis, and making the switch to memoir.

Running to the River

Michael Halmshaw interviews Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
March 2014

The Caine Prize-winning writer on resurrecting history’s ghosts, finding stories amid political violence, and why “Kenya is a mercurial character.”

The Useless Truth

Jonathan Lee interviews Rachel Kushner
February 2014

The National Book Award finalist on what makes a great sentence and channeling Roberto Bolaño.

By the Sea

Pamela Cohn interviews Mais Darwazah
February 2014

The filmmaker on finding inspiration in poetry and the meaning of “home” in Palestine.

Gay Propaganda and Russia’s Shrinking Public Space

Meara Sharma interviews Masha Gessen
February 2014

The investigative journalist on anti-queer campaigns and the “catastrophe” of exile.

Where’s The Rage?

Kamila Shamsie in conversation with Pankaj Mishra
February 2014

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 China

Emily Parker in conversation with Yiyun Li
February 2014

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 Definitions

Jonathan Lee interviews Nick Laird
January 2014

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 Glass

Meara Sharma interviews Deborah Solomon
January 2014

A new biography of Norman Rockwell casts light on the man who hid behind his finely wrought paintings.

From Left Field

Susie Linfield interviews Ari Shavit
December 2013

The controversial author unravels the complexity of the Israel-Palestine conflict and the “inevitable tragedy” at the heart of Zionism.

The Fake Case

Pamela Cohn interviews Andreas Johnsen
December 2013

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 Happy

Haniya Rae interviews Kathryn Lynch
December 2013

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 Sex

Katherine Rowland interviews Daniel Bergner
December 2013

The journalist on researching lust, the myth of female monogamy, and why “voyeurism is essential to good writing.”

Portraits Of Blackness

Lauren K. Alleyne interviews Retha Powers
December 2013

The general editor of the first major collection of black quotations on art and expression throughout African-American history.

Experiments in Change

Jamilah King interviews Deepa Gupta
December 2013

The longtime climate change activist talks about online organizing in the Global South and the incremental nature of political change.

The Dark Fantastic

Rob Sharp interviews Lore Segal
November 2013

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 Acts

Ismail Khalidi interviews Bill Ayers
November 2013

The activist, educator, and former leader of the Weather Underground on upholding revolutionary principles in “non-revolutionary times.”

Dead Language

Jonathan Lee interviews David Gilbert
November 2013

The acclaimed & Sons author on the importance of entertainment, his slip into obsessive-compulsive behavior, and why he believes Salinger chose seclusion.

Doing Wicked Things

Ricardo Maldonado interviews Lucie Brock-Broido
November 2013

The 2013 National Book Award Finalist on magical thinking, never breaking a vow, and why she wants her poems “to have long legs.”

The Afterwar

Katherine Rowland interviews David Finkel
October 2013

The Pulitzer Prize winner discusses PTSD, returning home from the front lines, and America’s “haphazard system” of veteran care.

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