Distant BrainsMarch 2016
Future of Language: Scientists are experimenting with ways for people to communicate using only their minds. But at what cost?
What Makes Alaska AlaskaMarch 2016
Future of Language: The Native language activists discuss cultural incubation, intergenerational learning, and the role of legislation.
Thick of TongueMarch 2016
Future of Language: So what exactly is this “black sound” I am insisting exists?
The Footsteps of Dance PoetryMarch 2016
Future of Language: Our human identity has been described as atoms dancing, a living poem, a moving message…
Elisa Gabbert: Can Ideas Withstand Shifts in Language?March 2016
Future of Language: Considering the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis for translation, emoji, and pop culture.
To AnyangFebruary 2016
Lost for words in the cradle of Chinese civilization.
Juliana Farha: CrushedDecember 2015
To occupy words.
Burrow DownAugust 2015
The Welsh novelist on badger baiting, human resonance in the natural world, and why he holds his breath while writing.
Juan Villoro: Violence-MeterJune 2015
The acclaimed Mexican author confronts the normalization of violence.
Michelle Dove: Alt VicesJanuary 2015
Flash Fiction: When I feel a human-sized void, is it instinctual that I fill it with a human?
Inhabiting LanguageJanuary 2015
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.
Diana Bruk: A Russian Jewish American ChristmasJanuary 2014
In the wake of the holiday season, reflections on a polyglot Christmas.
Tom Engelhardt: The Etiquette of War and SurveillanceOctober 2013
Colonel Manners demystifies national security etiquette for the masses.
Tara Isabella Burton: FatherlandsJanuary 2013
I looked at real estate in cities I'd never been to, just in case.
Erika Anderson: ApocalistDecember 2012
From snowpocalypse to foie-mageddon, what’s behind our new obsession with end-times word endings?"
Rebecca Solnit: Our Words Are Our WeaponsOctober 2012
Our political language is in desperate need of a change.
Meakin Armstrong: The War and the Word GamesJanuary 2007
Much of that Presidential power comes from proper use of words: “We have nothing to fear but ____ (finish the sentence).” “The buck stops ____” “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this ___.”