The Boundaries of GenderMarch 2015
A Guernica special issue.
The Transformation of Mama PaulinaBy Chika Unigwe
Boundaries of Gender: This time around, Mama Paulina would marry a woman. She was not looking for a sexual relationship, but for a wife who would provide her with sons.
How to Be a Woman in TehranBy Habibe Jafarian, translated from the Persian by Salar Abdoh
Boundaries of Gender: I stay because, as my mother never stopped repeating, I am my own woman, but also my own man.
GirlBy Alexander Chee
Boundaries of Gender: Sometimes you don’t know who you are until you put on a mask.
Black Is the Color of My True Love’s HairBy Nishta Mehra
On interracial adoption in “post-racial” America.
FieldworkBy Quintan Ana Wikswo
Lost and found in the femicide regions of the US-Mexico border.
The ChairBy Emily Strasser
Dharamsala is the end of the journey for many Tibetans fleeing their Chinese-occupied homeland, and where their stories are told.
Narrating Crisis in Sri LankaBy Nimmi Gowrinathan
Humanitarian efforts may alleviate the pain, but do they stop the political strife that leaves victims bleeding?
The Rabbit SlaughterBy Vincent Crapanzano
An anthropologist examines the meanings of sacrifice and slaughter—with his own life as the case study.
Everything Just DisappearedBy Katherine Rowland
In Gavdos there is a sort of collective protest against the past. Not against history and the stubborn patterns we mistake for certainty, but against all evidence of time beyond the beach.
My AsylumBy Barbara Taylor
After more than a century, Britain’s notorious asylums were slated for closure. Where does that leave the people they actually healed?
When the Waves Overturned GriefBy Andrea Woodhouse
Ten years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, remembering normalcy and chaos in the province of Aceh.
What the Trees RevealBy Joanna Chen
When we moved to the Ella Valley, my partner and I took great care not to build on land that might have belonged to Palestinians before the war of 1948.
Religion in America: Gods and DevilsDecember 2014
A Guernica special issue.
Yo Soy el DiabloBy Scott Cheshire
Religion in America: The Devil as part of a rather American tradition.
What Will Happen to All of That Beauty?By Ayana Mathis
Religion in America: Why does our humanity mean we are at once of God and utterly separate from Him?
Allah Guides to His Light Whomever He WishesBy Peter Manseau
Religion in America: Muslim revert Kenny Irwin Jr.’s Robolights display is a fixture of Christmas in Southern California.
The Limits of JurisdictionBy Erin Siegal McIntyre
For the past six years, Karen has lived in Missouri with her adoptive parents. But a Guatemalan couple are convinced the child is their kidnapped daughter, Anyelí.
La MilongueraBy Tamzin Baker
In Buenos Aires, a tango dancer’s tragic accident ends her career—and unearths longstanding trauma.
After the Green DeathBy Will Boast
At the top of the pantheon of spirits in Burma are the Thirty-Seven Nats. Twirling on earth, in a shimmering shawl, is their 74-year-old medium, U Nan Win.
FatherlandBy Nisa Qazi
When they arrived in Abbottabad, my mother thought it was the most beautiful place she had ever seen. My father was glad for his homecoming.
The Junk TradeBy Randal O’Wain
I could still feel his touch, and each time I thought about his truck I felt guilty.
ConsumedBy Lance Richardson
A meditation on being eaten.
Soldier GirlBy Rohini Mohan
Looking back on a fifteen-year career as a Tamil Tiger.
In the Prison of New BeginningsBy Tanya Erzen
In the South’s bloodiest prisons, Baptists say they can reform prisoners by turning them into missionaries.
American Empires: Power and Its DiscontentsOctober 2014
American Empires: A Guernica special issue.
The Rise and Fall of Public Housing in NYCBy Richard Price
American Empires: A subjective overview.
From Baghdad to the BakkenBy Laura Gottesdiener
American Empires: Home from the oil wars abroad, US service members and military contractors are flocking to North Dakota’s emerging boomtowns.
The Chicken CompetitionBy Christopher Leonard
American Empires: How poultry companies concentrate wealth and pit farmers against each other in a secretive tournament pay system.
UnravelingBy Toni Nealie
What kind of real mother would film the death of a child?