Essays

Essays

In Pursuit of Clancy Sigal

A writer’s radical life
Todd Gitlin
Todd Gitlin speaks with with I.F. Stone at a demonstration against nuclear weapons, Washington D.C., 1962.
The Moment

Strangers in Our Own Homes

The pandemic’s xenophobic discourse
Divya Victor

Books

AIDS Elegies After Ashbery

Sam Huber

Essays

Suicide in Fiction, Reconsidered

Why we need stories about living after a suicide attempt
Morgan Thomas
Essays

Now Is Pretty Creepy

On Miranda July
Min Li Chan
Collage with images from social media
Essays

The Brink of Destruction

Revisiting John Ashbery’s “Soonest Mended”
Edward Hirsch
Two cartoon characters superimposed onto painting of a storm.

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Essays

The Smiths vinyl among records on a shelf
Essays

The Wrong Daddy

Morrissey and the cult of the wounded white male
Jeremy Atherton Lin
May 19, 2021
The author with her sister in childhood.
Essays

The Ugly Side of Sisterhood

On envy and twinship
Jean Garnett
May 19, 2021
people walking in front of a building, black and whtie photo
Essays

We Have a Body

The deaths of patients—and colleagues
Suzanne Koven
May 19, 2021
Adam Zagajewski. Courtesy Donostia Kultura
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Remembering Adam Zagajewski

A poet of the human soul
Ilya Kaminsky
May 6, 2021
A woman at the beach with a watermelon
Essays

The Wild, Sublime Body

Learning how to be human
Melissa Febos
March 10, 2021
A version of the California flag with "Twitter" replacing "California" in the banner's text section
Essays

Against Abdicating Power to Big Tech

We can’t rely on Big Tech to reign over online speech
Claire Bond Potter
February 1, 2021
A stack of old issues of The Yale Review. Courtesy Pentagram
Pandemic Files

My Summer of Julien Gracq

Reading a French novelist’s examination of liminal space in a plague year
Seth Lerer
January 11, 2021
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Essays

Notes Upon Arrival

A diary of immigration and lost love
Bhanu Kapil
December 1, 2020
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Essays

The Anti-Extinction Engine

Langston Hughes and my friend, the apocalypse actuary
Anne Boyer
December 1, 2020
Pillars at National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery, Alabama
Essays

The Hauntologies of Slavery

Finding history and meaning on a journey across the sea
Jonah Mixon-Webster
December 1, 2020