Be the Kill-JoyKevin St. John interviews DarkMatter
The performance artists on the racial history of drag, jokes as a means of survival, and leaving room for paradox.
Forget You’re Watching a PlayIquo B. Essien interviews Liesl Tommy
The director of Eclipsed on bringing the first all-female production to Broadway.
The Language of RegimeAndrew Rose interviews Laura Secor
The journalist on reporting from a post-revolutionary Iran and tracing the rich ferment of its intellectual and social history.
Upending the ArchiveAlex McElroy interviews John Keene
The genre-bending writer on queering history and restoring lost voices to American fiction.
Beyond Objects, Beyond ScoresAditi Sriram interviews Vijay Iyer
The musician and composer on the art of self-transformation, resisting cultures of exclusion, and what he calls ‘easy camaraderie.’
The Full Texture of a CityRatik Asokan interviews Sarnath Banerjee
India’s premier graphic novelist on street hustlers and the perils of cosmopolitanism.
Deep SoundsRachel Allen Interviews Hal Whitehead
Future of Language: The biologist and whale expert on cetacean diversity, listening to whales, and the possibility of culture in nature.
Living in a Briefcase HouseElizabeth Karp-Evans interviews Jimenez Lai
Future of Language: The architect discusses the language of aesthetics and telling a story through a body of work.
What Makes Alaska AlaskaStephanie Gilardi interviews David Sumiq Russell-Jensen, Reid Paałuk Magdanz, and Cordelia Qiġnaaq Kellie
Future of Language: The Native language activists discuss cultural incubation, intergenerational learning, and the role of legislation.
Dignity Through NarrativeElizabeth Karp-Evans interviews John Freeman
“Think about the last time you read a novel in which someone went to cash a benefit check or paid for food in food stamps.”
Bodies of RevolutionEve Ensler, Monique Wilson, Nimmi Gowrinathan, and more
Female leaders from around the globe trade notes on building a new women’s solidarity movement.
What We Owe HistoryAriel Lewiton interviews John D'Agata
“An essay is something that tracks the evolution of the human mind.”
Making a MonstressLauren K. Alleyne interviews Marjorie Liu
The author on writing for Marvel, race and invisibility, and the radicality of romance novels.
Deadly DecisionsAnn Neumann in conversation with Sheri Fink
The authors of The Good Death and Five Days at Memorial discuss disaster preparedness, impossible health care choices, and the notion of journalistic objectivity.
Up in ArmsSarah Galo interviews Molly Crabapple
The artist and journalist on reporting from Guantánamo Bay and Syria, glamor as a subversive power, and neutrality and boredom as weapons of the state.
The Trouble With EmpathyAllyson Kirkpatrick interviews Paul Bloom
My complaint is against empathy as a moral guide. But as a source of pleasure, it can’t be beat.
The Face of FerranteKatrina Dodson interviews Ann Goldstein
The translator discusses public secrets, private identities, and the final Neapolitan novel.
Slow BurnNadin Mai interviews Lav Diaz
The Philippine cinema pioneer on why films are “the greatest mirror of humanity’s struggle.”
Intricate LivesPadma Viswanathan interviews Elizabeth Evans
The author on depicting female friendship and fielding questions about unlikable characters.
One SongViolet Lucca interviews Jonas Carpignano
Boundaries of Nations: The director on depicting the African migrant experience in Italy, moving in with his film’s lead, and the “common language” of pop music.
Seeing CitiesLaura Kurgan in conversation with Bill Rankin
Boundaries of Nations: The researchers on the politics of mapmaking, rethinking invisibility, and why dots are changing the way we look at cultural borders.
Children of WarDan Sheehan interviews Jasminko Halilović
Boundaries of Nations: The author and activist on growing up under siege in Sarajevo and chronicling the childhood memories of other survivors.
Body PoliticJill J. Tan interviews Eiko Otake
The performance artist on going solo, inhabiting dangerous spaces, and the grotesqueness of time.
The Future PerfectSusan Taylor Chehak interviews John Irving
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 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.”