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Battle Scene

Ballet, trauma, and rebirth
Ian Spencer Bell
Graphic with hands holding ballet slippers, weighing scales, and cigarettes.
Essays

Race Off

The fantasy of race transformation
Namwali Serpell

Conversations

Theater and Its Politics

Art and its consequences
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins,
Marc Robinson

Poetry

Time, Rampant and Flourishing

Jennifer Chang
Poem of the Week

Teletherapy

Brian Tierney
Poetry

Triptych Number 2: Carlos Enríquez

Orlando Ricardo Menes
Painting of wild horses running on a multi-colored landscape.

"His was a cold body, and I held it, and I had loved it, I think, invested it with some capacity for an exchange with me."

Graphic with a hamster atop one house and a gravestone atop another.

Craig Morgan Teicher, On losing a pet—and a deeper love

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Poetry

Widowing

Prageeta Sharma

Poetry

Triptych Number 2: Carlos Enríquez

Orlando Ricardo Menes

Poetry

DAD POEM

Joshua Bennett
Poetry

The Long Run

Linda Gregerson
Graphic of a pink building with a coffered ceiling and a stained glass image of ginkgo leaves. Laura Padilla Castellanos.
Poetry

American Cosmology

Sahar Romani
Graphic with computer monitor, paper, and tomatoes. Illustration by Laura Padilla Castellanos.

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Conversations

The Freedom to Love

Sexual agency and the meaning of care
Simone White,
Maggie Nelson
Photos of Maggie Nelson and Simone White
Conversations

Theater and Its Politics

Art and its consequences
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins,
Marc Robinson
Photo of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Portfolio

Terrains of the Imaginary

Finding escape in survey maps
Geoff Manaugh

Portfolio

The Cultural Construction of Identity

The knotty interrelations between text and image
Lorraine O’Grady

Portfolio

Exile and Memory

Reimagining Iran through 200-year-old portraits
Amak Mahmoodian
Portfolio

Reimagining the Battle of Algiers

An artist's vision of Gillo Pontecorvo’s film
Kate Liebman
Essays

Temps

The law of entropy and life as a fill-in employee, and girlfriend
Victoria Kornick
Photograph of clock at Grand Central Station. Robert Hoge / Creative Commons
Essays

Unbothered

The grace of black nonchalance
Namwali Serpell

Essays

Why I Write

Getting ready not to be
Samuel R. Delany

Essays

The Ugly Side of Sisterhood

On envy and twinship
Jean Garnett
Essays

How to Come Back to Life

On reaching middle age and carrying on
Emily Ogden
Black and white still showing Giulietta Masina smiling with a black tear at the corner of her eye
Essays

What Space is For

The forking paths of memory and return
Mairead Small Staid
Interior view of library.
Poetry

Widowing

Prageeta Sharma
Graphic with a shadowy background and boxes. Illustration by Laura Padilla Castellanos.
Poetry

As When Waking

Daniel Schonning
Blue pattern with a dark blue circle at center. Illustration by Laura Padilla Castellanos.
Poetry

Time, Rampant and Flourishing

Jennifer Chang
Graphic with plants. Illustration by Laura Padilla Castellanos.
Fiction

The Glacier

Idra Novey

Fiction

Short Swoop, Long Line

Andrew Martin

Fiction

Breathing Exercise

Raven Leilani
Fiction

Here I Will Have Been

Matthew Jeffrey Vegari
Graphic with a series of doors and four cats
Fiction

Colonial Conditions

Brandon Taylor
Graphic with a window with an orange glow, cigarettes, and wine bottles
Fiction

Subaqueous

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

A Failed Book Club

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

Essays

The Heart of Fiction

Storytelling, experience, and truth
Hernan Diaz

Interviews

Ben Lerner on Writing and Magic Pills

The poet and novelist goes home
Catherine Barnett
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
Essays

Changing My Mind

On sources, revision, and order
Lydia Davis
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