Rashod Ollison: The Soul Serenade of a Music JournalistJanuary 2016
Rhythm, blues, & coming of age through vinyl.
In the Fictions of Our PastSeptember 2015
The authors discuss mourning in memoir and whether dreams belong in literature.
Waving, Not DrowningAugust 2015
The New Yorker writer on the politics of surfing, reporting from war zones, and the “weird genre” of memoir.
In Full FlightJuly 2015
The writer and naturalist on the temporality of grief, inhabiting the voice of T.H. White, and developing radical empathy with a goshawk.
The Rabbit SlaughterFebruary 2015
An anthropologist examines the meanings of sacrifice and slaughter—with his own life as the case study.
Richard Falk: Championing Lost CausesNovember 2014
I am not yet brave enough to say (and mean) ‘Richard Falk is dead.’
Documenting ProximityAugust 2014
A mathematician destined for a plum job in finance drops everything to become a freelance journalist in war-torn Congo.
Little FailuresMarch 2014
The satirist on drinking too much, learning to write through psychoanalysis, and making the switch to memoir.
Sue William Silverman: Summer of War and ApricotsFebruary 2014
Identity and amour in an Israeli kibbutz following the Six-Day War.
Nadja Tesich: On SeductionFebruary 2014
Do you speak French? No? You ought to, just a bit.
Erin Block: Nervous AbsenceFebruary 2014
A personal chronical of anorexia and the history of self-starvation.
Kassi Underwood: Write Your Heart (or Humiliation) OutSeptember 2013
As the New York Writers' Coalition annual Write-a-Thon approaches, some thoughts on the role of creativity binges—and community—in the writing life.
Ground TruthingAugust 2013
The writer-activist on the qualities of silence, bearing witness to trauma, and seeking sustenance in the world’s fragile beauty.
Ikhide Ikheloa: Notes from my Middle PassageJune 2013
Nothing could prepare me for America.
Ocean Vuong: I Remember AnywayJune 2013
Remember. You are already Vietnamese.
Imperfect ToolsMarch 2013
Sarah Manguso on memory, mental illness and how writing “is like feeding the cassette tape through the machine one last time after it breaks”
Carnal KnowledgeFebruary 2013
Melissa Febos on her dominatrix memoir, teaching sexuality in literature, and what it takes to make a great sex scene.
Passion PitFebruary 2013
What blooms in Brazil’s coastal desert.
Living NovelisticallyOctober 2012
The famed writer on life as Joseph Anton, the problems of free speech, and the importance of telling the ‘goddamn truth’.