Tag: literature

Aaron Bady: Once is a Mistake, Twice is Jazz

December 2015

Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 is essentially an unfinished metal structure.

Jonathan Weisman: A Britain Beyond Costume

December 2015

Boundaries of Nations: The UK isn't like Downton Abbey anymore.

Life as We Write It

November 2015

The author on what evolutionary science can teach us about art and literature, his enduring interest in Nabokov, and why a good joke never dies.

Bix Gabriel: MFA Year 2, Week 1

September 2015

Imagining Tunacorn and Skunkinex in ‘Immigrant Fiction.’

We Can Try to Be Human

August 2015

The Israeli author on the dramatic family histories that fuel his work and the broken promises of his homeland.

Dawn Davis: Launching Inkwell Book Club

February 2015

Aditi Sriram talks with the founder of Inkwell, an online national black book club that launched yesterday, about supporting black writers and influencing the marketplace..

Rebecca Saletan: Magic and Mechanics

November 2014

The editorial director of Riverhead Books talks with Rachel Riederer about the intimacy of editing, hunkering down in the White House, and why book publishers remain essential in the digital age.

Alexi Zentner: And a Lie

October 2014

Flash Fiction: “Perhaps,” he said, drawing the word out, “I didn’t quite understand the game."

Editors’ Picks: Books We’re Falling For

October 2014

The new books our staffers are loving this autumn.

Richard Flanagan: More Corpses Than Words

October 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.

Jess Row: Native Sons

August 2014

A straight white American man on loving James Baldwin and learning to write about race.

Editors’ Picks: Rum and Longing

July 2014

Summer reads to savor.

Selvedin Avdić: A Great War Library

June 2014

The books behind the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand---and the men who read them.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan: Pigeonhole or Portal?

June 2014

Is being a minority a help or a hindrance in the writing world?

Sarah Van Arsdale: I Was A Lesbian Writer

June 2014

What happens when a nice, middle-aged, straight woman writer writes lesbian lit.

Anna Kushner: Literary Midwifery

April 2014

The translator of The Man Who Loved Dogs talks with Keith Meatto about Cuba, Trotsky, and the chemistry necessary for translation.

Abigail Sindzinski: The End of Dreams

April 2014

In his futuristic novel, On Such a Full Sea, Chang-rae Lee fears for our ability to conceive of a better tomorrow.

Lincoln Michel: Lush Rot

March 2014

American South: Flannery O’Connor, True Detective, Southern hip-hop, and the gnarled roots of Southern Gothic.

On a Strange Roof, Thinking of Home

March 2014

Toward a definition of Southern literature that goes beyond twang.

Kaya Genç: The Self-Inventions of Modernity

March 2014

On Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar's great satire of Turkish modernization, The Time Regulation Institute.

Running to the River

March 2014

The Caine Prize-winning writer on resurrecting history’s ghosts, finding stories amid political violence, and why “Kenya is a mercurial character.”

Where’s The Rage?

February 2014

Kamila Shamsie and Pankaj Mishra discuss the absence of political anger in Western literature and why we shouldn’t be so quick to condemn writers like Mo Yan.

Thomas Larson: The Great Literary Future Behind Us

December 2013

The fourth installment of The Social Author examines how literature lost its conversational dynamic, and why that’s a bad thing.

Julia Ingalls: Reader Abuse

December 2013

A conversation with Julia Ingalls on the fiction and non-fiction of child abuse.

Rafia Zakaria: Bogotá Divided

September 2013

Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The Sound of Things Falling explores the imperceptible boundaries and lingering wounds of the Colombian drug wars.

Bare-Knuckle Writing

September 2013

The acclaimed novelist & art critic on dismantling notions of gendered writing, the pleasures of translated texts, and “the clear divide between art and politics” in contemporary American fiction.

Thomas Larson: Writing Seen, Writing Spoken

August 2013

E-readers, texting, book trailers, and Twitter are not only changing the possibilities for writing, but also what it means to be a writer.

Jesse Pearson: Accidental Curation

August 2013

The founding editor of Apology talks with Rebecca Bates about the trouble with lit mags, defining pornography, responding to book-hype, and avoiding becoming a weird old man.

On Housesitting

August 2013

Passing keys, leaving notes.

How to Make a Life

July 2013

The acclaimed novelist and short story writer talks about sensual sentences, the controversy surrounding his first novel, and why his “enemy is blasé, detached, ironic art of any kind.”

Literary Culture Clash

July 2013

The “super-agent” talks about finding success with messy, difficult books, re-thinking how we publish works in translation, and the advice she gives to authors---no hotel porn on book tours.

Does Truth Have a Tone?

June 2013

Jamaica Kincaid on writing as transformation, “anger” versus truth, and those who think writers of color are “only entitled to write about the hardship of racism.”

The Animal Gaze

June 2013

On reading James Salter and opening portals into unlived lives.

Keith Meatto: Seven Ways of Looking at The Great Gatsby

May 2013

Meditations on Jay G, Jay-Z, the art of plagiarism, and America’s love affair with money, guns, and decadence

Matthew McAlister: Criminally Underappreciated

April 2013

Georges Simenon might be the best French-language novelist you've never heard of.

Pitch Forward

March 2013

The writer, art historian, and street photographer on the body vs. the intellect, the mythical pre-history of humanity, and how very serious a Twitter post can be.

Natalie Storey: Sacred Land

February 2013

The impossible and necessary vision of Palestinian writer Ghassan Kanafani

Carnal Knowledge

February 2013

Melissa Febos on her dominatrix memoir, teaching sexuality in literature, and what it takes to make a great sex scene.

Amis Unfiltered

February 2013

The provocateur on Obama’s second term and the role of bad behavior in fiction.

Kaya Genç: Ian McEwan’s Sweet Tooth

November 2012

McEwan's new novel raises questions of artistic independence.

Alexia Nader: Literary Miami

October 2012

The broad strokes of Tom Wolfe’s Back to Blood and the subtle specificity of Joan Didion’s Miami.

Marilyn Hacker: The Paradox of Translation

October 2012

The prolific translator talks with Guernica’s poetry editor about her work ethic, contemporary Morocco, and what connects poetry with journalism.

Lucy McKeon: Sixty Million and More: Toni Morrison’s Beloved

October 2012

Banned Books Week: This year, one Michigan school district tried to keep Morrison’s haunting narrative out of the classroom. A writer explores how Baby Suggs and Beloved teach us what we don’t learn in school.

Roger D. Hodge: The Personality of a Magazine

September 2012

Newly minted Oxford American editor Roger D. Hodge discusses the role of an editor, finding a form, and the newsstand's allure.

Natasha Lewis: Zadie Smith’s NW and Big Ideas

September 2012

Despite what Kakutani says, Smith’s new novel is not "Mrs. Dalloway Lite."

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.

Alexia Nader: A Lesson from Thomas Hardy on Sex and Drama

August 2012

Character study vs. flimsy romance in Fifty Shades of Grey, Trishna,and Tess of the d’Urbervilles.

Don Lee: The Ethnic Literature Box

June 2012

Christine Lee Zilka interviews Don Lee, author of the new novel The Collective, about cover-art Orientalism, character heritage, and the improbability of becoming a writer.

Carlos Fuentes: The Lost Interview

June 2012

A conversation recorded on the road reveals the late author’s take on the role of the writer-as-activist. Read and listen.

Writing What Haunts Us

June 2012

Anthony Swofford on bad habits, good writing, and coming back from the brink

The Literature of Conflicted Lands

February 2012

Novelists Mirza Waheed, Roma Tearne, and Daisy Hasan on how novels help us understand the strife-filled regions of Asia.

Myth About Myths

November 2011 The Iranian writer on the tension between artists and intellectuals, the power of mysticism, and the long-lasting effects of the 1979 revolution.

Libya’s Reluctant Spokesman

October 2011 On the occasion of his second novel, Libyan author Hisham Matar discusses the effect of totalitarianism on personal lives, what makes the novel a great art form, and the Arab Spring.

The Lioness of Iran

October 2011 Iran’s most prominent poet, a two-time Nobel nominee, on the greatest epic in history, the nightmare of censorship, and why her country will eventually achieve democracy.

Recovering Cubanness

July 2011 The Pulitzer Prize-winning author on his new memoir, recovering his Latin roots in America, his relationship with Donald Barthelme, and how he found his voice.

Letters to the Editor: Irish-Language Lit as a Curio?

April 2011
 A reader of Irish-language literature responds to Amit Chaudhuri’s claim that Gaelic and Welsh failed to become “viable literatures.”


January 2011 Finally, he learned her name: Nan.

You’re Invited: E.C. Osondu’s Book Party on November 2

November 2010
 This election night, please join Guernica in celebrating the launch of fiction writer E.C. Osondu’s debut collection, Voice of America.

Guernica Celebrates 6!

October 2010
 Join Guernica for an evening filled with food, drinks, music, readings, auctions, celebrities, honorees, and more fun than should be allowed at a benefit.

The Diversity Test

April 2010

Why were there only 8 women on the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels of the Twentieth Century? Why is only 3% of the literature Americans read in translation?

Everything and Nothing

April 2010 The iconic writer and activist on the similarities between Tibet and Palestine, womanism versus feminism, and Carl Jung.

Meakin Armstrong: On the Dying Print Journals

October 2009

On the gradual extinction of print journals.

Our Reality Has Not Been Magical

April 2009 With a newly-elected leftist government in El Salvador, exiled Salvadoran novelist Horacio Castellanos Moya is optimistic about the future of a country that once responded to his novels with death threats.

George Saunders: Dig the Hole

August 2006 The acclaimed author on science fiction, collaborating with Ben Stiller, and how Ayn Rand almost made him an architect.

On Translating the Prince of Wits

January 2005 "Yes, I think we have to be faithful to the context," says the translator of the Quijote. "But it's very important to differentiate between fidelity and literalness."