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.
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.