Tag: america

Postcard from America

November 2016

Trying to process.

Indulge the Other

November 2016

As the US votes, reflecting on Glenn Beck's glory days, the pursuit of power, and a burn-it-all-down approach to American government.

Negin Farsad Is Just Like All of You

November 2016

The social justice comedian on her embarrassing patriotism, bringing public policy to the stage, and making white people laugh.

The People Behind the Polls

November 2016

A photographer crosses state lines and ideological borders to talk to voters on the eve of America's presidential election.

Lara Naughton: America’s Prison Rodeo

July 2016

In Louisiana, incarceration is a spectator sport.

Tana Wojczuk: Shakespeare on the Frontier

February 2016

Is Shakespeare Dead?: A cultural inferiority complex leads to a quirky vision of the Bard.


August 2015

Now that she had shared a story, the Mother said, he must tell her one of his own. Something that had happened to him. He could tell that she meant something terrible.

The Fifth Flavor

June 2015

Boundaries of Taste: Umami gives identity and intricacy to mother’s milk, a bowl of ramen, a writer poised between Japan and America.

Pretty Is

June 2015

Only then can you forgive a girl for being pretty: if she’s an idiot or a liar.

Afternoon Cowboys

February 2015

“Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum. Straight out of a Western movie.” He handed it over to Brady, who gripped the black rubber handle and ran a finger on the sleek, cold metal barrel.

Richard Falk: Why Foreign Military Intervention Usually Fails in the 21st Century

November 2014

There is still a mysterious connection between military inferiority and political victory.

David Bromwich: The Importance of Being Exceptional

October 2014

On American exceptionalism and its discontents.

Tom Engelhardt: Power Drain

September 2014

The mystery of the 21st century in a helter-skelter world.

Freedom Mandate

September 2014

When the religious right co-opts the push to reinvigorate civics education, dubious legislation reveals the most powerful people in public schools.

William J. Astore: The American Cult of Bombing

August 2014

Why you should expect more bombs to be dropped everywhere.

Robert Reich: The Disease of American Democracy

August 2014

Why Americans are sick of politics.

Mitchell S. Jackson: How To Catch a Racist, the Donald Sterling Edition

May 2014

Who decides the worth of black men in America?

David Morris: Republican Principles Depend on What’s Best for the Rich

January 2014

A stark look at class warfare in Congress.

Lewis Lapham: Laughing into Darkness

December 2013

Why humor saves, with help from Twain.

Millions of Americans Are Strange

November 2013

Frank pays John to meet him at a hotel when Frank is in town so John can tie him up and leave him alone like that for eight to ten hours.

Kim Barker: ‘America Is Not Stupid’ Wins IRS Recognition as Tax-Exempt Nonprofit

October 2013

The group spent over $125,000 on election campaigns in 2012, but that was not enough for the IRS to deny their application.

Lewis Lapham: Raiding Conciousness

December 2012

Why the War on Drugs is a War on Human Nature.

Stealing Liberties

September 2012

Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler on why bad guys deserve rights, how small-town officials wield big-time power, and why Obama has been bad for the Constitution.

The End of Gore Vidal

August 2012

The iconoclastic leftist and novelist discusses the rage that fueled him, and how he felt about his coming end alongside the ruin of America.

High Schools, or How to Be Asian American

July 2012

After my parents were divorced I fell in love with the ugliest girl in my white high school. This was what I believed—the love part, I mean; the ugly part was true.

Tom Engelhardt: America as a Shining Drone Upon a Hill

May 2012

On staring death in the face and not noticing.

Mark Dowie: On the Fly Podcast: Todd Gitlin On America’s Divine Exceptionalism

February 2011
 The inaugural episode of Guernica editor-at-large Mark Dowie’s interview series features sociologist Todd Gitlin, who argues that the relationship between America and Israel is steeped in the belief that both nations were “chosen” by God.

Forecast For Today

December 2009 These twelve photographs reveal a sublime kind of beauty in the oddities and incongruities of the American highway.