The Metamorphoses of Diane Arbus

By William Harrison
September 2016

The Met Breuer unveils a trove of the photographer’s early work.

Mirror from Damascus

Henry Peck interviews Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami
September 2016

In a war that remains unfinished, two Syrian-British writers acknowledge and affirm those whose stories and lives may be lost in its course.

Taking a Long View

Imani Roach interviews Yaa Gyasi
September 2016

The author on accessibility, black desire, and holding space for complex histories.

Donald Trump and Freshman Essays

By Abby Rabinowitz
September 2016

On the value of uncertainty—in college essays and American politics.

Anya Groner: Healing the Gulf with Buckets and Balloons

September 2016

How fenceline communities are gathering clues to help them combat environmental pollution.

Kavita Das: Groove

September 2016

On Music: Etching memories, cultures, and music onto her violin.

Samantha K. Smith: What Was Left Behind

September 2016

A daughter shares her father's first responder story about searching for bodies at Ground Zero.

Shahbaz Taseer: “How Could I Live Anywhere Else?”

September 2016

Farhad Mirza interviews Shahbaz Taseer about his experience as a captive between two battlefronts, and how his faith gave him the hope he needed to survive.

Arlie Hochschild: Donald Trump in the Bayou

September 2016

The Tea Party, a sinkhole in Louisiana, and the contradictions of American political life.

Terrance Hayes: Half Fable

September 2016

The Kiss: A story about a giant, and a son's first kiss from his father.

Ed Winstead: The Mystery Box

August 2016

The artist Jonathan Horowitz takes on presidential politics, again.

Aya Aziz: How Do So Many People Fit Into A Single Nobody?

August 2016

Sara Elkamel interviews Aya Aziz about Islam, sexuality and the dimensions of the self

Nina Martin: A Spike in Rates of Pregnancy-related Deaths in Texas Spurs Soul-searching

August 2016

Two new reports show maternal deaths and severe complications rose as the state slashed funding for family planning, but researchers and state officials say more information is needed to understand the trend.

Robert Reich: After Trump

August 2016

On the staying power of Donald Trump.

Jennifer Baum: Soot

August 2016

Breathability then and now.

Kai Cheng Thom: Giving Birth To Yourself

August 2016

Claire Schwartz interviews Kai Cheng Thom about how queer people of color birth themselves anew, protest politics in Canada, and the poetic beauty of complicated relationship.

Jose Garcia: Vote for the Cumbia

August 2016

On Music: Hitching a Ride with the Guatemalan Chicken Bus Gypsy Caravan.

Kathleen Collins: Treatment for a story

August 2016

PEN/Guernica Flash Fiction Series: Of heat and conversations on a rainy day.

Sophie Unterman: Of Course, Survivors Are Free

August 2016

A writer accompanies her grandmother on a journey through sites of Holocaust remembrance.

Jonathan Basile: Who’s Afraid of AAARG?

August 2016

The crisis of academic publishing and the uncertain future of the humanities.

Ellen Meeropol: Smoke Signals

August 2016

The KKK and a Cold War execution inform a marriage

Abrahm Lustgarten: Gimme a Break! IRS Tax Loophole Can Reward Excessive Water Use in Drought-stricken West

August 2016

Experts fear tax deductions for water use as a “depleted asset” could actually worsen the crisis as rivers and reservoirs dry up.

Rebecca Gordon: The Enemies of my Enemy

August 2016

What does it mean when war hawks say, “Never Trump”?

ProPublica: The Road to Rent Stabilization

August 2016

Dozens of New York officials support tenants’ lawsuit over rent stabilization

Philip Metres: Kissing Joe F—

August 2016

The Kiss: Boys, basketball, and a disruptive act of brother-love.

Judith Coburn: America’s Criminal Injustice System

August 2016

The Annals of a Private Eye.

Rebecca O. Johnson: Brothermen

August 2016

In lieu of flowers.

Martina Fouquet: The Racial Dynamics of Justice—When Life Imitates Art

August 2016

Reading the OJ Simpson trial through a novelistic lens.

Jackson Bliss: Obāsan In A Cup

August 2016

Despite a life of poverty, sustenance of the heart endures.

Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee: Breaking the Bars Open

August 2016

Karthika Nair’s new book brings a new narrative to an old tale