Running to the RiverMarch 2014
The Caine Prize-winning writer on resurrecting history’s ghosts, finding stories amid political violence, and why “Kenya is a mercurial character.”
Where’s The Rage?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.
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.
Julia Ingalls: Reader AbuseDecember 2013
A conversation with Julia Ingalls on the fiction and non-fiction of child abuse.
Rafia Zakaria: Bogotá DividedSeptember 2013
Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The Sound of Things Falling explores the imperceptible boundaries and lingering wounds of the Colombian drug wars.
Bare-Knuckle WritingSeptember 2013
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.
Thomas Larson: Writing Seen, Writing SpokenAugust 2013
E-readers, texting, book trailers, and Twitter are not only changing the possibilities for writing, but also what it means to be a writer.
Jesse Pearson: Accidental CurationAugust 2013
The founding editor of Apology talks with Rebecca Bates about the trouble with lit mags, defining pornography, responding to book-hype, and avoiding becoming a weird old man.
On HousesittingAugust 2013
Passing keys, leaving notes.
How to Make a LifeJuly 2013
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.”
Literary Culture ClashJuly 2013
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.
Does Truth Have a Tone?June 2013
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.”
The Animal GazeJune 2013
On reading James Salter and opening portals into unlived lives.
Keith Meatto: Seven Ways of Looking at The Great GatsbyMay 2013
Meditations on Jay G, Jay-Z, the art of plagiarism, and America’s love affair with money, guns, and decadence
Matthew McAlister: Criminally UnderappreciatedApril 2013
Georges Simenon might be the best French-language novelist you’ve never heard of.
Pitch ForwardMarch 2013
The writer, art historian, and street photographer on the body vs. the intellect, the mythical pre-history of humanity, and how very serious a Twitter post can be.
Natalie Storey: Sacred LandFebruary 2013
The impossible and necessary vision of Palestinian writer Ghassan Kanafani
Carnal KnowledgeFebruary 2013
Melissa Febos on her dominatrix memoir, teaching sexuality in literature, and what it takes to make a great sex scene.
Amis UnfilteredFebruary 2013
The provocateur on Obama’s second term and the role of bad behavior in fiction.
Kaya Genç: Ian McEwan’s Sweet ToothNovember 2012
McEwan’s new novel raises questions of artistic independence.
Alexia Nader: Literary MiamiOctober 2012
The broad strokes of Tom Wolfe’s Back to Blood and the subtle specificity of Joan Didion’s Miami.
Marilyn Hacker: The Paradox of TranslationOctober 2012
The prolific translator talks with Guernica’s poetry editor about her work ethic, contemporary Morocco, and what connects poetry with journalism.
Lucy McKeon: Sixty Million and More: Toni Morrison’s BelovedOctober 2012
Banned Books Week: This year, one Michigan school district tried to keep Morrison’s haunting narrative out of the classroom. A writer explores how Baby Suggs and Beloved teach us what we don’t learn in school.
Roger D. Hodge: The Personality of a MagazineSeptember 2012
Newly minted Oxford American editor Roger D. Hodge discusses the role of an editor, finding a form, and the newsstand’s allure.
Natasha Lewis: Zadie Smith’s NW and Big IdeasSeptember 2012
Despite what Kakutani says, Smith’s new novel is not "Mrs. Dalloway Lite."
The End of Gore VidalAugust 2012
The iconoclastic leftist and novelist discusses the rage that fueled him, and how he felt about his coming end alongside the ruin of America.
Alexia Nader: A Lesson from Thomas Hardy on Sex and DramaAugust 2012
Character study vs. flimsy romance in Fifty Shades of Grey, Trishna,and Tess of the d’Urbervilles.
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.
Carlos Fuentes: The Lost InterviewJune 2012
A conversation recorded on the road reveals the late author’s take on the role of the writer-as-activist. Read and listen.
Writing What Haunts UsJune 2012
Anthony Swofford on bad habits, good writing, and coming back from the brink
The Literature of Conflicted LandsFebruary 2012
Novelists Mirza Waheed, Roma Tearne, and Daisy Hasan on how novels help us understand the strife-filled regions of Asia.
Myth About MythsNovember 2011
The Iranian writer on the tension between artists and intellectuals, the power of mysticism, and the long-lasting effects of the 1979 revolution.
Libya’s Reluctant SpokesmanOctober 2011
On the occasion of his second novel, Libyan author Hisham Matar discusses the effect of totalitarianism on personal lives, what makes the novel a great art form, and the Arab Spring.
The Lioness of IranOctober 2011
Iran’s most prominent poet, a two-time Nobel nominee, on the greatest epic in history, the nightmare of censorship, and why her country will eventually achieve democracy.
Recovering CubannessJuly 2011
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author on his new memoir, recovering his Latin roots in America, his relationship with Donald Barthelme, and how he found his voice.
Letters to the Editor: Irish-Language Lit as a Curio?April 2011
|A reader of Irish-language literature responds to Amit Chaudhuri’s claim that Gaelic and Welsh failed to become “viable literatures.”|
Finally, he learned her name: Nan.
You’re Invited: E.C. Osondu’s Book Party on November 2November 2010
|This election night, please join Guernica in celebrating the launch of fiction writer E.C. Osondu’s debut collection, Voice of America.|
Guernica Celebrates 6!October 2010
|Join Guernica for an evening filled with food, drinks, music, readings, auctions, celebrities, honorees, and more fun than should be allowed at a benefit.|
The Diversity TestApril 2010
Why were there only 8 women on the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels of the Twentieth Century? Why is only 3% of the literature Americans read in translation?
Everything and NothingApril 2010
The iconic writer and activist on the similarities between Tibet and Palestine, womanism versus feminism, and Carl Jung.
Meakin Armstrong: On the Dying Print JournalsOctober 2009
On the gradual extinction of print journals.
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.
George Saunders: Dig the HoleAugust 2006
The acclaimed author on science fiction, collaborating with Ben Stiller, and how Ayn Rand almost made him an architect.
On Translating the Prince of WitsJanuary 2005
“Yes, I think we have to be faithful to the context,” says the translator of the Quijote. “But it’s very important to differentiate between fidelity and literalness.”