Body Politic

Jill J. Tan interviews Eiko Otake
December 2015

The performance artist on going solo, inhabiting dangerous spaces, and the grotesqueness of time.

The Future Perfect

Susan Taylor Chehak interviews John Irving
December 2015

The novelist on what atheists and true believers have in common and how Mark Twain, Henry James, and “Sigmund-fucking-Freud” lack imagination.

Life as We Write It

Nika Knight interviews Brian Boyd
November 2015

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
November 2015

The playwright and novelist on state censorship in Egypt, women in revolutions, and writing as an act of hope.

The Language of Movement

Naomi Riddle interviews Angelica Mesiti
November 2015

The artist on multi-channel video work, the communicative potential of sound, and contemporizing performance traditions.

Drawing Dissent

David Burr Gerrard interviews Ted Rall
November 2015

The political cartoonist on his new biography of Edward Snowden and living in an Orwellian age.

Moving the Needle

Daniela Petrova interviews Beth Murphy
October 2015

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 Waste

Ben Mauk interviews Pinar Yoldas
October 2015

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 World

Allyson Kirkpatrick interviews Lorena Aguilar
October 2015

A leading researcher on the need to rescript our narratives about women and the environment.

Drawing From Life and Death

Grace Bello interviews Adrian Tomine
October 2015

The graphic novelist on coming of age in his comics, portraying Asian-American characters, and laying bare the anxieties of fatherhood.

Landscapes of Exclusion

Hope Wabuke interviews Carolyn Finney
September 2015

Boundaries of Nature: The cultural geographer on the misunderstood relationship between people of color and nature, and how place shapes identity.

Learning to Listen

Nika Knight interviews Gordon Hempton
September 2015

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 Universe

Tega Brain interviews Margaret Wertheim
September 2015

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 World

Jonathan Lee interviews Leslie Jamison and Ryan Spencer
September 2015

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 Cinema

Darrell Hartman interviews Hubert Sauper
September 2015

The documentarian on white savior narratives, making enemies of gunrunners and governments, and nonfiction film as art.

In the Fictions of Our Past

Lucas Mann and Jill Talbot in conversation
September 2015

The authors discuss mourning in memoir and whether dreams belong in literature.

We Can Try to Be Human

Meakin Armstrong interviews Etgar Keret
August 2015

The Israeli author on the dramatic family histories that fuel his work and the broken promises of his homeland.

Just Out of Frame

Alex Carp interviews Sarah Stillman
August 2015

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 Down

Henry Peck interviews Cynan Jones
August 2015

The Welsh novelist on badger baiting, human resonance in the natural world, and why he holds his breath while writing.

Waving, Not Drowning

Nika Knight interviews William Finnegan
August 2015

The New Yorker writer on the politics of surfing, reporting from war zones, and the “weird genre” of memoir.

Sisters and Spices

Sujata Shekar interviews Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
August 2015

The author on fiction as activism, feminism in Indian epics, and cooking to conjure a sense of home.

Players for Democracy

Amy Gall interviews LaShonda Katrice Barnett
July 2015

The author and historian on the legacy of slavery, queer love, and the coded language of desire in the nineteenth century.

Global Kleptocracy

Daniela Petrova interviews Sarah Chayes
July 2015

The foreign policy expert on global corruption, violent extremism, and how the West “has lost the balance between rectitude and liberty.”

In Full Flight

Aditi Sriram interviews Helen Macdonald
July 2015

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 Worth

Gemma de Choisy interviews Diana Baird N’Diaye
June 2015

Boundaries of Taste: The folklorist and curator on self-expression through adornment in African-American communities, and fashion as a political act.

Social Fabric

Henry Peck interviews Grayson Perry
June 2015

Boundaries of Taste: The Turner Prize-winning “transvestite potter” on the taste tribes of Britain.


Meara Sharma interviews Eric Asimov
June 2015

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 Lines

Katie Halper interviews Margaret Cho
June 2015

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
June 2015

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 Distance

Benjamin Samuel interviews James Hannaham
June 2015

The writer on myth-making as a means to confront the realities of modern-day slavery.

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