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.
A Dangerous LanguageVineet Gill interviews Mano Khalil
The Kurdish filmmaker on deploying a camera rather than a gun to fight for his community.
American SlaughterhouseCarson Vaughan interviews Ted Genoways
The journalist on the myriad ills of the meat trade, the plight of migrant workers, and the twin missions of journalism and poetry.
Mythic RetreatRebecca Rukeyser interviews Kazuo Ishiguro
The Booker Prize-winning author on samurai sword fights, the trouble with literary allusion, and the fabled world of post-Arthurian England.
Journey to the OtherTiffanie Wen interviews Mohammed Dajani Daoudi
The scholar and peace activist on Palestinian centrism, living as an exile, and learning from both Fatah and Israeli soldiers on the road to radical compassion.
In Defense OfJean Stevens interviews Lynne Stewart
The “people’s lawyer” on her most controversial criminal defense cases—including the one that sent her to prison.
The Cousins KaramazovDavid Simon interviews Richard Price
The acclaimed writer on reporting fiction, listening to Martin Scorsese, and the family values in his new novel, The Whites.
Blood at the RootNeelanjana Banerjee interviews Nayomi Munaweera
The Sri Lankan-American novelist on Sri Lanka’s brutal history and grappling with the right to tell the story of the country she left behind.
Built for HumansBryce T. Bauer interviews Sharon Zukin
The sociologist on the role of the artist in gentrification, challenges to affordable housing, and the commodification of New York City’s loft lifestyle.
Boys Don’t CryBrian Gresko interviews Ronald Levant
Boundaries of Gender: The psychologist on the evolution of maleness and the sociocultural forces that have long stifled men and fathers.
Inflections Forever NewAriel Lewiton interviews Maggie Nelson
Boundaries of Gender: The poet and cultural critic on the politics of motherhood and the expansive potential of the queer movement.
India’s Third GenderShanoor Seervai interviews Laxmi Narayan Tripathi
Boundaries of Gender: The activist on the ancient legacy and contemporary struggles of hijras.
Ethnographic InventionMegha Majumdar interviews Lily King
The novelist on the vivid life of Margaret Mead, a love triangle in the South Pacific, and the shared language of anthropology and fiction.
The ContenderAndrew Rose interviews Zephyr Teachout
The former New York gubernatorial candidate on misperceptions of big government, the poetry of politics, and why “it would be a tragedy if [Hillary] ran in an uncontested primary.”
The Art Of AgentingJonathan Lee interviews Chris Parris-Lamb
The literary agent on gatekeeping, the truth behind big advances, and why Amazon neglects the “humanity to good books.”
Syria in its Own ImageGrace Bello interviews Mohammad Ali Atassi
The documentarian and journalist on the nation’s portrayal in the global media, the power of emergency cinema, and the role of the intellectual in revolution.
Mitigating the SilenceAisha Sabatini Sloan interviews Kwame Dawes
The author couldn’t find a single press in the world devoted to publishing African poetry. So he created one.
We Contain MultitudesAndrew Rose interviews Thomas Page McBee
The trans author and journalist on masculinity and male privilege, writing about the body, and crafting new narratives about gender identities.
Just to Tell the TruthRebecca Chao interviews Anya Schiffrin
The journalist and teacher on a century of muckrakers, the pleasures and perils of reporting, and the golden age of investigative journalism.
Inhabiting LanguageAnita Sethi interviews Jaume Cabré
The award-winning Catalan writer on political attempts to repress his native language, inventing stories to tell the truth, and the powers and pitfalls of memory.
The Hollywood Blacklist, RevisitedColin Beckett interviews Thom Andersen
The filmmaker and scholar on the radical legacy of American Communist film.
God’s Creation Is Running a FeverAnn Neumann interviews Katharine Hayhoe
Religion in America: The climate scientist on denialism and why her evangelical faith demands action.
Whole Self MovementBrook Wilensky-Lanford interviews Rabbi Becky Silverstein
Religion in America: The transgender rabbi on religious rituals, gender fluidity, and the language of LGBTQ inclusion.
What We Are Now, You Shall BeMeara Sharma interviews Gadadhara Pandit Dasa
Religion in America: The Hare Krishna monk on cultural stereotypes, teaching faith through food, and America’s obsession with yoga.
The Only Choices You HaveKima Jones interviews Darryl Pinckney
The longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books on the history of racial justice from World War I to Ferguson.
The Everyday ExtraordinaryParul Kapur Hinzen interviews Kevin Young
The poet and curator on expanding autobiography, the importance of elegy, and the centrality of blues to experience.
Blackness as the Second PersonMeara Sharma interviews Claudia Rankine
The National Book Award finalist on chronicling everyday racism, the violence inherent in language, and the continuum from Rodney King to Michael Brown.
Humane EndeavorGrace Bello interviews Atul Gawande
The surgeon and public health journalist on the gaps in healthcare policy, the sharp elbows of politics, and dignity in end-of-life care.
Salvaged CrossingsLauren K. Alleyne interviews Gaiutra Bahadur
Unearthing the stories of “coolie women”—early-twentieth-century indentured laborers shipped from India to work on sugar plantations across the colonial world.