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 game” 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.

Oenophilia

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.

Young, Gifted, and Black

Hope Wabuke interviews Jeffery Renard Allen
May 2015

The author on the genius slave musician who inspired his novel and the fallacy of a post-racial America.

Playing Spaces

Amelia Stein interviews Keller Easterling
May 2015

The architect and writer on action as information, subtraction as growth, and indeterminacy as a practical protocol for design.

A Dangerous Language

Vineet Gill interviews Mano Khalil
May 2015

The Kurdish filmmaker on deploying a camera rather than a gun to fight for his community.

American Slaughterhouse

Carson Vaughan interviews Ted Genoways
May 2015

The journalist on the myriad ills of the meat trade, the plight of migrant workers, and the twin missions of journalism and poetry.

Mythic Retreat

Rebecca Rukeyser interviews Kazuo Ishiguro
May 2015

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 Other

Tiffanie Wen interviews Mohammed Dajani Daoudi
April 2015

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 Of

Jean Stevens interviews Lynne Stewart
April 2015

The “people’s lawyer” on her most controversial criminal defense cases—including the one that sent her to prison.

The Cousins Karamazov

David Simon interviews Richard Price
April 2015

The acclaimed writer on reporting fiction, listening to Martin Scorsese, and the family values in his new novel, The Whites.

Blood at the Root

Neelanjana Banerjee interviews Nayomi Munaweera
April 2015

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 Humans

Bryce T. Bauer interviews Sharon Zukin
April 2015

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 Cry

Brian Gresko interviews Ronald Levant
March 2015

Boundaries of Gender: The psychologist on the evolution of maleness and the sociocultural forces that have long stifled men and fathers.

Inflections Forever New

Ariel Lewiton interviews Maggie Nelson
March 2015

Boundaries of Gender: The poet and cultural critic on the politics of motherhood and the expansive potential of the queer movement.

India’s Third Gender

Shanoor Seervai interviews Laxmi Narayan Tripathi
March 2015

Boundaries of Gender: The activist on the ancient legacy and contemporary struggles of hijras.

Ethnographic Invention

Megha Majumdar interviews Lily King
March 2015

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 Contender

Andrew Rose interviews Zephyr Teachout
March 2015

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 Agenting

Jonathan Lee interviews Chris Parris-Lamb
March 2015

The literary agent on gatekeeping, the truth behind big advances, and why Amazon neglects the “humanity to good books.”

Syria in its Own Image

Grace Bello interviews Mohammad Ali Atassi
February 2015

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 Silence

Aisha Sabatini Sloan interviews Kwame Dawes
February 2015

The author couldn’t find a single press in the world devoted to publishing African poetry. So he created one.

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