Hasan Altaf: Making MartyrsApril 2014
Why the book I Am Malala is too simple an answer, the narrator too quick a martyr and the narrative too slyly an ode.
Aditi Sriram: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts HereMarch 2014
Remembering Al-Mutanabbi Street on its 7th anniversary.
Elisabeth Schmitz: Editing Under The RadarFebruary 2014
The vice president and editorial director of Grove Atlantic on the art of literary editing, why publishers shouldn’t turn their backs on risk-taking writing, and how the first novel she ever bought went on to transform her career.
Through the Looking GlassJanuary 2014
A new biography of Norman Rockwell casts light on the man who hid behind his finely wrought paintings.
Thomas Larson: The Great Literary Future Behind UsDecember 2013
The fourth installment of The Social Author examines how literature lost its conversational dynamic, and why that’s a bad thing.
Editors’ Picks: Our Favorite Books from 2013December 2013
It’s not too late to write to Santa for these.
Radical ActsNovember 2013
The activist, educator, and former leader of the Weather Underground on upholding revolutionary principles in “non-revolutionary times.”
Thomas Larson: On the Social Authorship of The BibleNovember 2013
The third installment of The Social Author explores social authorship and holy texts.
Editors’ Picks: November ReadsNovember 2013
A quarter-life crisis during Mardi Gras, the Soviet Union right after it crumbles, and the murders in Mexico in 1990s are definitely things to write home about. Or to write books about.
Editors’ Picks: Halloween ReadsOctober 2013
Spooky reading recommendations from the editors at Guernica on the things that terrify us: from Edith Wharton’s ghosts to rotting elevator salmon.
Editors’ Picks: Reading About RaceJune 2013
Guernica‘s staff brings you their favorite writing on race, in America and beyond.
Editors’ Reading Recs: Collectors’ ItemsApril 2013
Guernica‘s staff recommends collections of stories, essays, poems, and more.
Editors’ Picks: Springtime ReadsMarch 2013
Welcome spring with this round of reading recommendations from the editors at Guernica.
Tara Isabella Burton: “Constantinople”March 2013
The owner of a bookstore in Antalya, Turkey has more to offer than books.
Editors’ Picks: Read About LoveFebruary 2013
Some stories of love, passion, and sex to get you through the winter.
Amis UnfilteredFebruary 2013
The provocateur on Obama’s second term and the role of bad behavior in fiction.
Editors’ Picks: Independent BookstoresDecember 2012
The staff’s favorite independent booksellers offer their own December recommendations.
Kaya Genç: Ian McEwan’s Sweet ToothNovember 2012
McEwan’s new novel raises questions of artistic independence.
Editors’ Picks: Thanksgiving ReadsNovember 2012
Guernica‘s staff on the books they’ll remember this Thanksgiving.
Alexia Nader: Literary MiamiOctober 2012
The broad strokes of Tom Wolfe’s Back to Blood and the subtle specificity of Joan Didion’s Miami.
Katherine Paterson: The Risks of Great LiteratureOctober 2012
Banned Books Week: The celebrated and banned children’s book author speaks with us about the fears of censors, the deaths of children, and what we need to risk for literature.
Alice Walker: Writing What’s RightOctober 2012
Banned Books Week: The author of The Color Purple (and one of America’s most censured writers) tells Megan Labrise about finding wisdom in the songs of ancestors, why her acclaimed novel won’t be translated into Hebrew, and approaching writing in a priestly state of mind.
Katie Ryder: Banned Books WeekSeptember 2012
Next Week, the Guernica Daily will feature interviews and essays in support of free thinking, reading, and writing.
Nora Connor: The Myth of the Muslim Tide and the Search for the ModerateSeptember 2012
Doug Saunders’s new book fights fears about “the Islamization of America” with historical and sociological fact, but slippery terminology gets in the way.
Gender GapSeptember 2012
Hanna Rosin’s controversial new book proclaims the “end of men.” But what about the women?
Natasha Lewis: Zadie Smith’s NW and Big IdeasSeptember 2012
Despite what Kakutani says, Smith’s new novel is not "Mrs. Dalloway Lite."
Craig Epplin: Snowball’s Chance, Ten Years LaterAugust 2012
A decade after John Reed’s Orwell parody was released, it still feels current, and, perhaps, even more relevant than before.
Editors’ Picks: Recommended ReadingJuly 2012
Our editors highlight some worthy books to fill what remains of summer.
Don Lee: The Ethnic Literature BoxJune 2012
Christine Lee Zilka interviews Don Lee, author of the new novel The Collective, about cover-art Orientalism, character heritage, and the improbability of becoming a writer.
Leah Carroll: Language of MenJune 2012
Anthony D’Aries explores father, culture, and war in his new book Language of Men.
Claire Lambrecht: Escape from a “Necrocracy”April 2012
In North Korea, the hunger games have been raging for quite some time.
Gal Beckerman: The DNA of the Israeli-American Jewish RelationshipMarch 2012
Q&A with the recent winner of the 2012 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.
Meakin Armstrong: On Stupidity and The Encyclopedia of StupidityJune 2010
Given the recent major acts of idiocy (the BP fiasco), it’s about time we studied stupidity and kept the chronically dense (Palin & co.) from destroying our world.
Meakin Armstrong: On MatingApril 2010
Are others curious why Rush chose a female voice? I’m hoping this matter will be approached during the April 26 Guernica/PEN event where he’ll be a panelist.
On the Emancipation of WomenJanuary 2010
Just as the 1800s were ripe for the abolition of slavery, this century will bring forces to bear on freeing women from violence, slavery, and oppression.
The Meth WhispererDecember 2009
Nick Reding on his book Methland, why newspapers got the meth crisis wrong, and how the “middle of America” will pull itself out of a twenty-five year bust.
Meakin Armstrong: On The Adventures of Augie MarchNovember 2009
“Since graduating school, no book has impressed me as much as Augie March.”
Meakin Armstrong: On The Skeptic’s DictionaryOctober 2009
This book is a weapon. It will teach you how to think.
Meakin Armstrong: On A Disobedient GirlAugust 2009
Set in Sri Lanka, A Disobedient Girl is heart-wrenching and jubilant.
Staff Pick: Swetha RegunathanJune 2009
Nothing comes easy in O’Neill’s complex novel—neither dreams nor lengthy jaunts through a New York populated by “others.”
Staff Pick: Jordan HirschJune 2009
As the crisis in Iran has unfolded, one book has received numerous mentions across the blogosphere: Amir Taheri’s The Persian Night: Iran under the Khomeinist Revolution.
Our Reality Has Not Been MagicalApril 2009
With a newly-elected leftist government in El Salvador, exiled Salvadoran novelist Horacio Castellanos Moya is optimistic about the future of a country that once responded to his novels with death threats.