Steve Toltz: Writers and Bad PeopleSeptember 2015
Julia Pierpont sits down with Australian novelist Steve Toltz to discuss his new novel, writing about writers, paralysis, and why you should attend your high school reunion.
Players for DemocracyJuly 2015
The author and historian on the legacy of slavery, queer love, and the coded language of desire in the nineteenth century.
Bo Wang: Doric Columns in ChongqingJune 2015
Jacob Kiernan interviews the filmmaker on his upcoming project in Hong Kong, dislodged cultural identity, and the evolution of wedding photography in China.
Gregory Pardlo: The Poem as PursuitMarch 2015
“I wanted history I could touch like a flank of a beast.”
We Wear the MaskOctober 2014
The writer on coming of age in dichotomous Baltimore and being warned against writing about race.
Margaret Klein: We Need to TalkSeptember 2014
The founder of The Climate Mobilization talks with Bridget Read about how psychology—not science—may be the key to ending America’s climate denial.
Layers of TruthAugust 2014
The novelist and visual artist discuss their collaborative work “The Mastermind y lo contrario.”
Dunya Mikhail: Flashed Through ExileJuly 2014
The poet talks with Jeannie Vanasco about leaving Iraq, working around censorship, and the work she’s most excited about now.
Shelly Taylor: Shattered LanguageJuly 2014
Erica Wright talks with a poet who didn’t set out to write about war.
Small RebellionsJuly 2014
The civil rights icon on Detroit, the limits of protest organizing, and what she’s learned over seven decades of activism.
The Art of Independent PublishingApril 2014
The publisher of Graywolf on the pleasure of finding books others have overlooked.
Anna Kushner: Literary MidwiferyApril 2014
The translator of The Man Who Loved Dogs talks with Keith Meatto about Cuba, Trotsky, and the chemistry necessary for translation.
Alex Lemon: A Ferocious Kind of MusicApril 2014
Why poetry needs more grit.
Rebecca Miller: The Fly’s the WriterMarch 2014
The writer and filmmaker talks to Anita Sethi about the roles of magic, humor, and research in her new novel, Jacob's Folly.
Laura van den Berg: The Odd MomentMarch 2014
The author of The Isle of Youth on Florida, her influences, and the pressures of conformity that female writers face.
This Is Also My WorldMarch 2014
The Lebanese-American author on the dangers of writing what you know, the constant fear that he’s destroying his career, and why he believes that much of contemporary U.S. fiction is “not adventurous enough.”
Elisabeth Schmitz: Editing Under The RadarFebruary 2014
The vice president and editorial director of Grove Atlantic on the art of literary editing, why publishers shouldn’t turn their backs on risk-taking writing, and how the first novel she ever bought went on to transform her career.
Elisa Biagini: A World Reinvented Through PoetryFebruary 2014
Nathalie Handal talks to the Italian poet about her sometimes disturbing imagery and how her work helps us decipher the world.
Akhil Sharma: When Despair and Tenderness CollideJanuary 2014
Mohsin Hamid and Akhil Sharma's conversation about writing, literary labels, and how illness challenges narrative.