Antique Medical Slides

Specimens of my past and future self
Leslie Jamison

Rachel Cusk

The novelist on the “feminine non-state of non-being”
Merve Emre

Candy Darling’s “Newspaper” Centerfold

Encountering the infamous collage of a downtown legend
Lucy Sante

Gender Wars

Two scholars excavate the origins of today’s trans backlash
Paisley Currah

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Our Spring 2024 Issue

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The Story Wars

The conflict between Red and Blue America is a clash of national mythologies
Richard Slotkin

The Auteur of Fatherhood

How Steven Spielberg recast American masculinity
Phillip Maciak

It is shocking to me now to consider myself at twenty-three, show­ing up unannounced at a famous poet’s door.

Dana Levin Lessons of the Line

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Renaissance Women

A new book celebrates—and sells short—Shakespeare’s sisters
Catherine Nicholson


Rae Armantrout

Angel Jacks

Brian Blanchfield

Jars with Well-Fitting Lids

Seeing loss more clearly
Catherine Lacey

Heat Maps

Desire in the dark
Alex Marzano-Lesnevich


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Mylar Balloons on Horse Island

Incidental objects at the Peabody Museum’s outpost
Claire Hungerford

In Utero and After

Catherine Barnett


Kéchi Nne Nomu

Litany for a Prolonged Dream

Joyce Mansour
translated by C. Francis Fisher

The Search

Catherine Barnett

Rosaura at Dawn

Daniel Saldaña París
translated by Christina MacSweeney

Fady Joudah

The poet on how the war in Gaza changed his work
Aria Aber

Parents Just Don’t Understand—and That’s OK

All of Us Strangers charts a new direction for queer cinema
Lio Wong


Terrance Hayes Won't Be Pinned Down

The virtuosic poet is still finding new ways to dazzle—and thwart—his readers
Stephanie Burt

Adam Shatz

The author on Frantz Fanon, revolution, violence, and the psychology of oppression
James Surowiecki


Fady Joudah


Cindy Juyoung Ok

In Search of Albertine

The feminist afterlives of Proust's iconic character
Victoria Baena

Adam Shatz

The author on Frantz Fanon, revolution, violence, and the psychology of oppression
James Surowiecki

Streaming the Polycrisis

Why have TV miniseries about catastrophe become all the rage?
Adam Fales

Langston Hughes's "China"

Why the previously unpublished poem is a revelation
Selina Lai-Henderson

Ed Ruscha's "Every Building on the Sunset Strip"

Why the artists' book is a reminder of freedom
Jim Lewis

William Blake’s "Laocoön"

Why the poet's engraving reads like a protest poster
Anahid Nersessian