They Call Him Rrat

By Nora Hickey
May 2016

The unlikely bond between a hospice volunteer and a dying Vietnam veteran.

A Slight Risk

By Ashley Patronyak
May 2016

An American pregnancy in Manila.

Trying to Get Right

By Lucas Mann
April 2016

The breakthrough addiction medication and the doctors who risk everything to prescribe it.

My Father’s Aleppo

By Maurice Chammah
April 2016

An exodus, a return, and the questions that follow.

Natural Birth in the New America

By Kate Daloz
April 2016

Ina May Gaskin’s Spiritual Midwifery and the back-to-the-land movement.

The Pretensions of Pop

By Dan Fox
April 2016

A look at the secret, defining force in a field largely comprised of autodidacts and bedroom enthusiasts

Running Still

By Lynn Steger Strong
April 2016

Obsession as symptom, cause, and cure.

The Future of Language

March 2016

A Guernica special issue.

Teach Me to Be Me

By Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
March 2016

Future of Language: We wanted to make Kenya our literary base from which to engage with the world.

Distant Brains

By Alena Graedon
March 2016

Future of Language: Scientists are experimenting with ways for people to communicate using only their minds. But at what cost?

Thick of Tongue

By John McWhorter
March 2016

Future of Language: So what exactly is this “black sound” I am insisting exists?

The Buddha of Kabul

By Taran N. Khan
March 2016

At Tepe Naranj, archaeologist Zafar Paiman is working to preserve the remnants of an ancient monastery—and the memory of Afghanistan’s Buddhist past.

Mother is Marxist

By Susan Briante
March 2016

The market scans my child, calculates pecuniary value.

Istanbul’s Wandering Songbirds

By Kaya Genç
February 2016

Street vendors are outlaws by definition.

Slow Thinking

By Anna Badkhen
February 2016

An Unnatural Pursuit.

To Anyang

By Ariel Lewiton
February 2016

Lost for words in the cradle of Chinese civilization.

Take My Name and Say It Slow

By Thomas Dai
February 2016

"But where are you really from?" they ask, and I never know who to answer for, Thomas or Nuocheng?

The Nostalgia Aesthetic

By Owen Hatherley
January 2016

How the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster became a global design icon.

The Boundaries of Nations

December 2015

A Guernica special issue.

Be Like Water

By Annia Ciezadlo
December 2015

Boundaries of Nations: The Nonviolent State of Iraq and Syria. The Republic-in-Motion of Lovers Not Fighters. The Government-in-Exile of People Who Just Want to Go to School.

Returning to Ethiopia

By Dinaw Mengestu
December 2015

Boundaries of Nations: Exile had long since ceased to be a temporary condition, but what I hadn’t known was that, like love, it could deepen with time.

Among Strangers

By Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
December 2015

Boundaries of Nations: Traveling the globe to research the buying and selling of passports, a reporter reflects on arbitrary citizenship and what it means to be “from somewhere.”

5 Queen’s Road

By Sorayya Khan
December 2015

A house is partitioned along the lines, and in the chaos, of the new independent nations of India and Pakistan.

The Book Lady of Kabul

By J. Malcolm Garcia
December 2015

Block by block she maneuvers through the teeming sidewalks of Kabul’s Shar-E-Naw shopping district until she enters Ice-Milk Restaurant, stops at tables.

The River Rises to Meet You

By Nicole Miller
November 2015

Alone, un-housed, we moved with the current, the future suspended like the long lines of a spider’s silk flung loose on the air.

Hidden in a Suitcase

By Michele Leavitt
November 2015

In search of the mother who gave her up for adoption, the author finds six siblings instead. Decades later, she contemplates the drug addiction that cost many of them their lives.

Fiction Tells a Truth That History Cannot

By Maaza Mengiste and Rodrigo Rey Rosa
November 2015

On being mentored by Breyten Breytenbach and Paul Bowles.

An Art Without an Artwork

By Tom Russell
November 2015

A summer of chess in Bryant Park.

Water in the Desert

By Beth Alvarado
October 2015

From 1952 to 1981, a chemical used to clean airplanes contaminated the groundwater in a Tucson community. By the time the city stepped in, thousands were already sick or dying.

Death of a Valley

By Lauren Markham
October 2015

In 1953, California sacrificed a town to stave its own thirst. But the act was futile, and the state is thirstier than ever.