Life as We Write ItNika Knight interviews Brian Boyd
The author on what evolutionary science can teach us about art and literature, his enduring interest in Nabokov, and why a good joke never dies.
What If?Rachel Rose interviews Karim Alrawi
The playwright and novelist on state censorship in Egypt, women in revolutions, and writing as an act of hope.
The Language of MovementNaomi Riddle interviews Angelica Mesiti
The artist on multi-channel video work, the communicative potential of sound, and contemporizing performance traditions.
Drawing DissentDavid Burr Gerrard interviews Ted Rall
The political cartoonist on his new biography of Edward Snowden and living in an Orwellian age.
Moving the NeedleDaniela Petrova interviews Beth Murphy
The filmmaker and journalist on the future of girls’ education in Afghanistan, “white savior narratives,” and documentary as an antidote to compassion fatigue.
The Afterlife of WasteBen Mauk interviews Pinar Yoldas
The Turkish artist on moving to the epicenter of throwaway culture and imagining the life-forms that “might emerge out of the contemporary ooze.”
Women in the WorldAllyson Kirkpatrick interviews Lorena Aguilar
A leading researcher on the need to rescript our narratives about women and the environment.
Drawing From Life and DeathGrace Bello interviews Adrian Tomine
The graphic novelist on coming of age in his comics, portraying Asian-American characters, and laying bare the anxieties of fatherhood.
Landscapes of ExclusionHope Wabuke interviews Carolyn Finney
Boundaries of Nature: The cultural geographer on the misunderstood relationship between people of color and nature, and how place shapes identity.
Learning to ListenNika Knight interviews Gordon Hempton
Boundaries of Nature: The acoustic ecologist on his fight to preserve dying soundscapes, how ambient noise affects the psyche, and recasting silence as a presence.
At Home in the UniverseTega Brain interviews Margaret Wertheim
Boundaries of Nature: The scientist and writer on gender bias in the sciences and inventing new geometric forms through crochet.
Scenes From the End of the WorldJonathan Lee interviews Leslie Jamison and Ryan Spencer
The writer and photographer on their first book collaboration, the connection between Hollywood blockbusters and climate change, and how “shared terror” can make us feel less alone.
The Alchemy of CinemaDarrell Hartman interviews Hubert Sauper
The documentarian on white savior narratives, making enemies of gunrunners and governments, and nonfiction film as art.
In the Fictions of Our PastLucas Mann and Jill Talbot in conversation
The authors discuss mourning in memoir and whether dreams belong in literature.
We Can Try to Be HumanMeakin Armstrong interviews Etgar Keret
The Israeli author on the dramatic family histories that fuel his work and the broken promises of his homeland.
Just Out of FrameAlex Carp interviews Sarah Stillman
The journalist on the “strange, extractive” process of interviewing; second-, third-, and fourth-act stories; and coming to reporting as “a real, whole person.”
Burrow DownHenry Peck interviews Cynan Jones
The Welsh novelist on badger baiting, human resonance in the natural world, and why he holds his breath while writing.
Waving, Not DrowningNika Knight interviews William Finnegan
The New Yorker writer on the politics of surfing, reporting from war zones, and the “weird genre” of memoir.
Sisters and SpicesSujata Shekar interviews Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The author on fiction as activism, feminism in Indian epics, and cooking to conjure a sense of home.
Players for DemocracyAmy Gall interviews LaShonda Katrice Barnett
The author and historian on the legacy of slavery, queer love, and the coded language of desire in the nineteenth century.
Global KleptocracyDaniela Petrova interviews Sarah Chayes
The foreign policy expert on global corruption, violent extremism, and how the West “has lost the balance between rectitude and liberty.”
In Full FlightAditi Sriram interviews Helen Macdonald
The writer and naturalist on the temporality of grief, inhabiting the voice of T.H. White, and developing radical empathy with a goshawk.
A Measure of WorthGemma de Choisy interviews Diana Baird N’Diaye
Boundaries of Taste: The folklorist and curator on self-expression through adornment in African-American communities, and fashion as a political act.
Social FabricHenry Peck interviews Grayson Perry
Boundaries of Taste: The Turner Prize-winning “transvestite potter” on the taste tribes of Britain.
OenophiliaMeara Sharma interviews Eric Asimov
Boundaries of Taste: The New York Times chief wine critic on the perils of connoisseurship and the pleasure in discovering one’s personal taste.
Laugh LinesKatie Halper interviews Margaret Cho
Boundaries of Taste: The comedian on her radical education and the importance of safe spaces in the “hostile and dangerous world” of joke-making.
Why Do You Have to Change?Abigail Sindzinski interviews Meghan Daum
The essayist on unsentimental endings, Little House On the Prairie vs. Woody Allen, and why the conversation about not having kids “needs to be reframed.”
A Safe DistanceBenjamin Samuel interviews James Hannaham
The writer on myth-making as a means to confront the realities of modern-day slavery.
Young, Gifted, and BlackHope Wabuke interviews Jeffery Renard Allen
The author on the genius slave musician who inspired his novel and the fallacy of a post-racial America.
Playing SpacesAmelia Stein interviews Keller Easterling
The architect and writer on action as information, subtraction as growth, and indeterminacy as a practical protocol for design.