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In the Riot Grrrl Archive

Punk and the limits of individualism
Rachel Greenwald Smith
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Essays

How to Come Back to Life

On reaching middle age and carrying on
Emily Ogden

Poetry

Satyr’s Flute

Shangyang Fang

Essays

The Heart of Fiction

Storytelling, experience, and truth
Hernan Diaz
Fiction

Sounds of Woe

Cora Lewis
Graphic with drawings of beds
Fiction

Grandma

Rommel Manosalvas,
Jennifer Croft
Graphic of a stylized avocado tree

"So often the self that we forget is worth forgetting, one of our many dull, wasteful, or ungrateful selves—how we’d like to forget the times we have been cruel or hasty or humiliated, however slightly—but occasionally it is not."

Interior view of library.

Mairead Small Staid, On the forking paths of memory and return

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Books

No-No Man

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s nihilist masterpiece
Roy Scranton
Blue and yellow illustration with two faces on either side of a hanging lamp
Books

Styles of Radical Illness

Anne Boyer diagnoses the lies we still tell about cancer
Laura Kolbe

Books

On Long Poems

Four recent books make length a virtue
Stephanie Burt

Books

Furious Permissions

For Susan Sontag, style was nourishment
Brian Dillon
Books

The Dolphin Letters

Revisiting Robert Lowell’s infamous book
Dan Chiasson
Photo of Robert Lowell
Books

Conspicuous Erudition

The new black poetry
Jerome Ellison Murphy
Red texture in cloth
TYR Talks

Sheila Heti Reads from "Les Comètes"

The author reads tales of the stars
Sheila Heti,
Leanne Shapton
Essays

100 Things About Writing a Novel

What to do—and when to do it
Alexander Chee
A typewriter. https://www.flickr.com/photos/22017189@N00/2621358221
Fiction

The Blessing of Kali

Irene Muchemi-Ndiritu

Fiction

Short Swoop, Long Line

Andrew Martin

Fiction

Massachusetts

Caleb Crain
Fiction

Breathing Exercise

Raven Leilani
Abstract ink dots
Fiction

Subaqueous

Joyce Carol Oates
Black and white image of a cafeteria with illustration of a building and low-hanging lights superimposed.
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Portfolio

Terrains of the Imaginary

Geoff Manaugh
Portfolio

Exile and Memory

Reimagining Iran through 200-year-old portraits
Amak Mahmoodian


Portfolio

The Cultural Construction of Identity

The knotty interrelations between text and image
Lorraine O’Grady
Poetry

Ascent

D. Nurkse


Poetry

A Nacreous Woman

Sally Wen Mao
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The Pain of Others

Hannah Aizenman
Black and white abstract lines with series of gradient circles at bottom from green to red. Illustation Nicole Paxton Sullo.
Poetry

At Newport Beach

Sarina Romero
Graphic with scene of a person walking on a shoreline and a sunset. Illustration by Laura Padilla Castellanos

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Interviews

Aria Aber on the Poetry of Exile

Writing what can't be named
Meghan O’Rourke
A portrait of poet Aria Aber in sunlight
Conversations

A Failed Book Club

How does one decide when to give up and stop reading?
Elif Batuman,
Ama Codjoe
Illustrated portrait of Elif Batuman and Ama Codjoe
Essays

How Should One Read a Book?

To read a book well, one should read it as if one were writing it
Virginia Woolf
A painting of a woman reading at a table.
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Conversations

Discipline and Abolish

A dialogue about writing, power, and mass incarceration
Rachel Kushner,
Caleb Smith
Portraits of Caleb Smith and Rachel Kushner
Conversations

Game Is Life

Basketball, poetry, and the NBA playoffs
Kaveh Akbar,
Vivian Lee,
Ben Purkert,
Nabila Lovelace
Graphic of basketball players Julius Randle and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Conversations

The Body in Verse

A dialogue on literary somatics
Bhanu Kapil,
Jonah Mixon-Webster
Photo of Bhanu Kapil on left; photo of Jonah Mixon-Webster on right
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Essays

The Ugly Side of Sisterhood

On envy and twinship
Jean Garnett
The author with her sister in childhood.
Essays

The Wrong Daddy

Morrissey and the cult of the wounded white male
Jeremy Atherton Lin

Criticism

It Me

The trouble with memes
Marta Figlerowicz

Books

Incalculable Loss

How writing can help make sense of grief
Christopher Spaide
Essays

My Year of Stalking Rachel

The quest to see without being seen
Becca Rothfeld
An image from Ingmar Bergman's Persona
Essays

Unbothered

The grace of black nonchalance
Namwali Serpell
The activist Gloria Richardson walking past National Guardsmen during a civil rights march in Cambridge