Interviews

Conversations

Emily Ogden and Dana Spiotta

Reckoning with middle age and complicity
Emily Ogden
and
Dana Spiotta

Jenny Xie

On memory and migration
Maggie Millner

Vivian Gornick

The acclaimed essayist looks back on her career
Meghan O’Rourke

Olga Tokarczuk

The Nobel laureate on her new novel
Rhian Sasseen
and
Jennifer Croft
Conversations

Raising the Dead

Three writers on engaging and honoring their ghosts
Aricka Foreman,
Krista Franklin,
avery r. young
Conversations

Natalie Scenters-Zapico and Dana Levin

Two poets on writing and anxiety
Natalie Scenters-Zapico,
Dana Levin

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Interviews

Portrait of Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge

The Poetry of Attention

The possibilities of perception
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
and
Lacey Jones
June 21, 2021
Illustrated portrait of Elif Batuman and Ama Codjoe
Conversations

A Failed Book Club

How does one decide when to give up and stop reading?
Elif Batuman
and
Ama Codjoe
June 14, 2021
Graphic of basketball players Julius Randle and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Conversations

Game Is Life

Basketball, poetry, and the NBA playoffs
Kaveh Akbar,
Vivian Lee,
Ben Purkert,
and
Nabila Lovelace
May 27, 2021
James Merrill in a kitchen
TYR Talks

James Merrill's Letters and Legacy

A conversation about the renowned poet's enduring influence
May 21, 2021
Photo of Alexander Chee; photo of Julia Cho; photo of Susan Choi; photo of Cathy Park Hong
Conversations

Finding a Literary Inheritance

Four Korean American writers on jeong and the elusiveness of home
Alexander Chee,
Julia Cho,
Susan Choi,
and
Cathy Park Hong
December 1, 2020
Photo of Aleshea Harris on left; photo of Douglas Kearney on right
Conversations

Signal and Noise

A dialogue on presencing Blackness
Aleshea Harris
and
Douglas Kearney
December 1, 2020
Photo of Bhanu Kapil on left; photo of Jonah Mixon-Webster on right
Conversations

The Body in Verse

A dialogue on literary somatics
Bhanu Kapil
and
Jonah Mixon-Webster
December 1, 2020
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
and
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
and
Maria Tumarkin
December 1, 2020
Headshot of Chiasson

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