Paul Beatty: I See You

Chris Paul Wolfe interviews Paul Beatty
October 2016

The winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction on truth and contradiction, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the elusive gauge of progress in America.

Reunion in Selma

By Rebecca Flint Marx
October 2016

Finding connection after a complicated family history.

The Revolutionaries Try Again

Charlotte Whittle interviews Mauro Javier Cardenas
October 2016

The writer on the lives of cosmopolitan migrants, Latin American fiction, and the therapeutic limitations of testimony.


By Michelle García
October 2016

Billed as an aberration, Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric is anything but.

Chloe Caldwell: My Favorite Songs Are Like Personal Essays

Andrew Bomback interviews essayist Chloe Caldwell
October 2016

On Music: Author Chloe Caldwell on her latest essay collection and its musical influences.

On Coupling: An Inventory

By Melissa Matthewson
October 2016

“I want both: marriage and lovers, freedom and security. I want my husband to say yes to this."

Drawing Attention

Lauren LeBlanc interviews Girl on Girl Collective
October 2016

The Girl on Girl art collective’s pink feminist newsstand.

Family Photographs

By Elina Alter
October 2016

The New York Film Festival presents Errol Morris on Elsa Dorfman and Petra Epperlein with Michael Tucker on the Stasi files.

The Evolution of a Kiss

By Nickole Brown
October 2016

The Kiss: Everything human has its animal origins.

Smoke Signals

Darrell Hartman interviews Jack Riccobono
October 2016

The director on what happens when Native American tradition collides with urban gang culture.

Phillip Garland: On Max Ritvo’s Four Reincarnations

October 2016

A poet's call to bravely inhabit the body.

Fantastical Deaths and Spectacular Rebirths

Farhad Mirza interviews Justin Adams
September 2016

On Music: The musician on Led Zeppelin, Tinariwen, and his rejection of the “world music” label.

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.