Syria in its Own Image

Grace Bello interviews Mohammad Ali Atassi
February 2015

The documentarian and journalist on the nation’s portrayal in the global media, the power of emergency cinema, and the role of the intellectual in revolution.

Mitigating the Silence

Aisha Sabatini Sloan interviews Kwame Dawes
February 2015

The author couldn’t find a single press in the world devoted to publishing African poetry. So he created one.

We Contain Multitudes

Andrew Rose interviews Thomas Page McBee
February 2015

The trans author and journalist on masculinity and male privilege, writing about the body, and crafting new narratives about gender identities.

Just to Tell the Truth

Rebecca Chao interviews Anya Schiffrin
February 2015

The journalist and teacher on a century of muckrakers, the pleasures and perils of reporting, and the golden age of investigative journalism.

Inhabiting Language

Anita Sethi interviews Jaume Cabré
January 2015

The award-winning Catalan writer on political attempts to repress his native language, inventing stories to tell the truth, and the powers and pitfalls of memory.

The Hollywood Blacklist, Revisited

Colin Beckett interviews Thom Andersen
January 2015

The filmmaker and scholar on the radical legacy of American Communist film.

God’s Creation Is Running a Fever

Ann Neumann interviews Katharine Hayhoe
December 2014

Religion in America: The climate scientist on denialism and why her evangelical faith demands action.

Whole Self Movement

Brook Wilensky-Lanford interviews Rabbi Becky Silverstein
December 2014

Religion in America: The transgender rabbi on religious rituals, gender fluidity, and the language of LGBTQ inclusion.

What We Are Now, You Shall Be

Meara Sharma interviews Gadadhara Pandit Dasa
December 2014

Religion in America: The Hare Krishna monk on cultural stereotypes, teaching faith through food, and America’s obsession with yoga.

The Only Choices You Have

Kima Jones interviews Darryl Pinckney
December 2014

The longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books on the history of racial justice from World War I to Ferguson.

The Everyday Extraordinary

Parul Kapur Hinzen interviews Kevin Young
December 2014

The poet and curator on expanding autobiography, the importance of elegy, and the centrality of blues to experience.

Blackness as the Second Person

Meara Sharma interviews Claudia Rankine
November 2014

The National Book Award finalist on chronicling everyday racism, the violence inherent in language, and the continuum from Rodney King to Michael Brown.

Humane Endeavor

Grace Bello interviews Atul Gawande
November 2014

The surgeon and public health journalist on the gaps in healthcare policy, the sharp elbows of politics, and dignity in end-of-life care.

Salvaged Crossings

Lauren K. Alleyne interviews Gaiutra Bahadur
November 2014

Unearthing the stories of “coolie women”—early-twentieth-century indentured laborers shipped from India to work on sugar plantations across the colonial world.

Violently Wrought

Kaitlyn Greenidge interviews Marlon James
November 2014

The author of A Brief History of Seven Killings on Bob Marley, writing terror explicitly, and why sloppiness serves good storytelling.

Verses of Love and War

Yaffa Fredrick interviews Eliza Griswold
November 2014

The writer on the faces of violence in conflict zones, and why poetry offers a form of liberation that journalism cannot.

The Arc of Possibility

Jason Q. Ng interviews Evan Osnos
October 2014

The longtime Beijing correspondent on the roots of dissent in Hong Kong, China’s “Me” generation, and the precarious expansion of Chinese civil society.

We Wear the Mask

Grace Bello interviews Jess Row
October 2014

The writer on coming of age in dichotomous Baltimore and being warned against writing about race.

Hippocratic Bloat

Grace Bello interviews Shannon Brownlee and Dr. Vikas Saini
October 2014

American Empires: A journalist and a cardiologist discuss healthcare gone haywire and how Americans are medicating themselves to death.

Divine Acquisition

Meara Sharma interviews Anthony Pinn
October 2014

American Empires: The scholar of African-American religion on black megachurches and the marketability of the American Dream.

Pull Back to Reveal

Henry Peck interviews Ben Wizner
October 2014

American Empires: The privacy advocate and legal advisor to Edward Snowden on today’s surveillance empire.

Back to School

Nika Knight interviews Diane Ravitch
September 2014

The former assistant secretary of education grapples with the school-reform movement and the systemic issues that plague American education.

How Does It End?

David Burr Gerrard interviews Scott Cheshire
September 2014

The debut novelist and former Jehovah’s Witness on being a child preacher, leaving the church, and the safety of a good book.

A Tripartite Drama

Maurice Chammah interviews Lawrence Wright
September 2014

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer mines the ongoing resonance of the Camp David Accords, on stage and on the page.

Fiery Appetites

Dwyer Murphy interviews Merritt Tierce
September 2014

The novelist and reproductive rights advocate on motherhood, sex, and the sensuality of restaurant life.

Grays in the Emerald City

Henry Peck interviews Elliott Colla
August 2014

As Iraq faces a new crisis, the novel Baghdad Central explores the freighted “moment of ambiguity” a decade earlier.

Night Vision

Geoff Mak interviews Karen Russell
August 2014

The acclaimed novelist on the secrets, dreams, and myths that fuel her storytelling.

Documenting Proximity

Aditi Sriram interviews Anjan Sundaram
August 2014

A mathematician destined for a plum job in finance drops everything to become a freelance journalist in war-torn Congo.

Felt Not Known

Meara Sharma interviews Evie Wyld
August 2014

The novelist on mythic creatures, horror stories, and sensory maladies.

Lyrical Impulse

Naima Coster interviews Stacey D'Erasmo
August 2014

The author on crafting new sounds, creating female characters, and portraying sex in literature.

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