Interviews

Conversations

The Freedom to Love

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

James Merrill's Letters and Legacy

A conversation about the renowned poet's enduring influence

Conversations

A Failed Book Club

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

Conversations

Finding a Literary Inheritance

Four Korean American writers on jeong and the elusiveness of home
Alexander Chee,
Julia Cho,
Susan Choi,
Cathy Park Hong
Conversations

Discipline and Abolish

Writing, power, and mass incarceration
Rachel Kushner,
Caleb Smith
Portraits of Caleb Smith and Rachel Kushner
Conversations

Theater and Its Politics

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

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Interviews

Photo of Sarah Shun-lien Bynum on left; photo of Yiyun Li  on right
Conversations

The Merits of Imperfection

Why literature’s best is usually deeply flawed
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum,
Yiyun Li
December 1, 2020
Photo of Namwali Serpell on left; photo of Maria Tumarkin on right
Conversations

The Limits of Empathy

Two writers on the ethics of pen and paper
Namwali Serpell,
Maria Tumarkin
December 1, 2020
Headshot of Chiasson
Interviews

Dan Chiasson on the Poetry of Reading and the Darkness of Endless Summer

How do you turn lived experience into words?
Maggie Millner
September 18, 2020
Key Blue, by Joseph Schillinger, 1934
Interviews

Cathy Park Hong on Minor Feelings

The major weight of minor feelings
Meghan O’Rourke
June 1, 2020
A portrait of Aysegül Savas
Interviews

Aysegül Savas on Being Edited

The dangers and glories of revision
Meghan O’Rourke
April 13, 2020
Leaves on a geometric pattern
Conversations

The Radicalizing Effects of Motherhood

How parenthood changes everything
Meghan O’Rourke,
Brenda Shaughnessy,
Amy Herzog
April 1, 2020
A portrait of poet Robyn schiff
Interviews

Robyn Schiff on Going Long

Precise poems in challenging times
Maggie Millner
March 3, 2020
Portrait of Craig Fehrman
Interviews

Craig Fehrman on Presidential Prose

Writings from Washington to Trump
Andrew Heisel
February 19, 2020
Portrait of Daniel Poppick
Interviews

Daniel Poppick on End Times

Art's amiable cruelty
Maggie Millner
February 12, 2020
A portrait of poet Aria Aber in sunlight
Interviews

Aria Aber on the Poetry of Exile

Writing what can't be named
Meghan O’Rourke
February 4, 2020