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.
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.