Distraction and Attention

Four writers respond to Caleb Smith's Thoreau's Axe


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The Waste Land at 100

Selections from the archives

Dictee at Forty

The life and legacy of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

Resisting Category

New Spanish-language fiction in translation

Pandemic Files

Life under quarantine
Image of COVID-19 virus. Graphic by Bianca Ibarlucea.

Black Hauntology

The ghosts that endure


The complexities of property

A New Direction in American Poetry

Where lyric meets narrative
"Folio" in typewriter font



Beyond the Attention Economy

Turning to face our burning world
Laura Dassow Walls
May 23, 2023

How to Sharpen a Scythe

Is paying attention good in itself?
Daegan Miller
May 23, 2023

Sublimation and Self-Possession

Bearing witness to life’s weirdness
Ana Schwartz
May 23, 2023

The Saunterers’ Club

In pursuit of a more wayward Thoreau
Caleb Smith
May 23, 2023


Cristina Rivera Garza
translated by Sarah Booker
March 27, 2023

Penultimate Activities

Alejandro Zambra
translated by Megan McDowell
March 27, 2023

The Illumination of Santiago

Nona Fernández
translated by Idra Novey
March 27, 2023

Hidden Words

Searching for meaning in a rubber stamp
Uljana Wolf
September 1, 2022

Reclaiming Our Language

Dictee as a feminist ritual
Zahra Patterson
September 1, 2022

Space to Grieve

An irreducible legacy
September 1, 2022