Fiction Tells a Truth That History CannotNovember 2015
On being mentored by Breyten Breytenbach and Paul Bowles.
Avi Asher-Schapiro: Working in the Coal MineApril 2015
In the 19th and 20th centuries, energy workers were at the forefront of progressive social reform. Is a similar union possible in the current age of fracking, oil sands, and climate change?
Jay Walljasper: Saving the World’s Holy PlacesMarch 2015
A narrow interpretation of what’s sacred limits efforts to protect natural treasures.
DW Gibson: Don’t Call This the East VillageMarch 2015
A squatter’s history of gentrification.
Violently WroughtNovember 2014
The author of A Brief History of Seven Killings on Bob Marley, writing terror explicitly, and why sloppiness serves good storytelling.
Richard Flanagan: More Corpses Than WordsOctober 2014
The author of Booker-shortlisted novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North talks with Dwyer Murphy about the Death Railway, family history, and the trouble with empathy.
Geoff Watkinson: What We LostSeptember 2014
On teaching 9/11.
Eduardo Galeano: Century of DisasterAugust 2014
The Uruguayan writer on riddles, lies, and lives.
Noam Chomsky: How Many Minutes to Midnight?August 2014
On the nuclear weapons era, or the true end of the beginning.
Alexandria Peary: DeclinedJune 2014
What literary ambition meant for women in the nineteenth century—and what it means today.
Ramiro G. Hinojosa: Lessons from an Unremarkable WarJune 2014
World War II is not a war we have to live up to. It’s a war we have to learn from.
Angela Lang: A Kinship with Gabriel García MárquezApril 2014
Shared reading of García Márquez’s books was a way of finding an outlet for feelings kept and unsaid.
Peter Linebaugh: Stop, Thief!April 2014
On commoning and our rich tradition of resistance to attacks on the commons.
Walking With the WindMarch 2014
The Alabama-based lawyer on who we talk about when we talk about the Old South and how his project to locate and mark the sites of slave markets speaks the language of Southern history.
Robert Reich: The Great U-TurnMarch 2014
Reversing America's great U-turn.
Nick Turse: Misremembering America’s Wars, 2003-2053February 2014
After enough time, who still actually cares?
Robert Reich: Why The Three Biggest Economic Lessons Were ForgottenFebruary 2014
The extraordinary u-turn in the course of the American economy.
Rudy Koshar: What Should Haunt Us About World War I?February 2014
Millions of Europeans saw World War I as a positive thing.
Cora Currier: Gitmo Soldiers Get 9/11 LessonsAugust 2013
The U.S. military's lessons in recent history.
Jennifer MacKenzie: Waiting for AtaturkJuly 2013
On Taksim, tear gas, and loving a tyrant because he feeds you.
Giulio Capperchi: America’s Most Enduring Common GroundMay 2013
Since 1634 the Boston Commons has been shared by all.
Eduardo Galeano: The Life and Death of Words, People, and Even NatureMay 2013
From walking libraries and a god named “Word” to what Sherlock Holmes never said.
Alex Marshall: Commons Has Expanded, Not Shrunk, Over Past 200 YearsApril 2013
Public water systems, public education, public libraries, and public roads are modern innovations.
Losing the PlotApril 2013
The Booker Prize nominated novelist talks about his obsession with Pynchon, history as interference, & why literary fiction needn’t forsake the pleasures of suspense.
Rich Nymoen & Jeff Smith: Reviving the Idea That Urban Land is Common WealthMarch 2013
In the early 20th century, progressives saw urban land as common property.
Lucy McKeon: Django and JeffersonFebruary 2013
Two figures challenge simple ways of thinking about slavery and agency.
The Prophet’s PathFebruary 2013
The journalist and "accidental theologist" discusses distinguishing human from legend in her latest book on the founder of Islam.
Muhammad Idrees Ahmad: Archaeology of Revolutionary KnowledgeJanuary 2013
Pankaj Mishra’s new book, From the Ruins of Empire: The intellectuals who remade Asia, has one eye on the history of the East and one eye on its future.
Caleb Daniloff: Russia, Cradle of My Dead WorldsDecember 2012
Russia doesn’t get extinguished. No, Russia is the one that extinguishes. Russia is the prophecy. It had certainly ended my world, several times over.
Nafeesa Syeed: Salvaged HistoryDecember 2012
An outsider works to restore an abandoned chateau in historic Burgundy.
Robert Reich: We the People, and the New American Civil WarNovember 2012
Amidst an election that has us feeling like a divided nation, the challenge is to rediscover the public good.
Mattea Kramer: Four Spending Myths That Could Wreck Our WorldJuly 2012
How the deficit obsession has been distracting us from our country's most pressing issues.
Roslyn Bernstein: Report from Berlin – Artists, Studios, and HistoryJuly 2012
How Berlin's past shapes its present and future as an artist base.
The Messy Business of TacosJuly 2012
Unwrapping the history of Mexico's real national snack uncovers classism, dynamite, and shifting definitions of culture.
Ed Winstead: Empty and Blue and SereneJune 2012
Even supporters of North Carolina's gay-marriage ban know it won't last 20 years. Ed Winstead reflects on the South, the past, and when legislation plans its own obsolescence.
Michelle Legro: Mercator Turns 500April 2012
Ah, to be at the center of the world! How Gerard Mercator changed history by creating the first useful map.