Winter 2020

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Volume 108, No. 4
Winter 2020
The Yale Review

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Table of Contents

Nonfiction

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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
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Portfolio

The Cultural Construction of Identity

The knotty interrelations between text and image
Lorraine O’Grady
December 1, 2020
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Essays

The Hauntologies of Slavery

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

The Heavy Air

Capitalism and affronts to common sense
Anne Boyer
December 1, 2020
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Essays

Unbothered

The grace of black nonchalance
Namwali Serpell
December 1, 2020
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Essays

Why I Write

Getting ready not to be
Samuel R. Delany
December 1, 2020
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Essays

Wildness

Feminism, identity, and the willingness to be defeated
Maria Tumarkin
December 1, 2020

Fiction

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Drama

On Sugarland: A Play

An excerpt and annotation
Aleshea Harris
December 1, 2020
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Fiction

The Reason Why

Yiyun Li
December 1, 2020
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Drama

You: A Short Play

Julia Cho
December 1, 2020

Poetry

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Poetry

The Promise of Threat

Jonah Mixon-Webster
December 1, 2020

Interviews

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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
December 1, 2020
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Conversations

Signal and Noise

A dialogue on presencing Blackness
Aleshea Harris,
Douglas Kearney
December 1, 2020
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Conversations

The Body in Verse

A dialogue on literary somatics
Bhanu Kapil,
Jonah Mixon-Webster
December 1, 2020
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Conversations

The Merits of Imperfection

Why literature’s best is usually deeply flawed
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum,
Yiyun Li
December 1, 2020
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Conversations

The Limits of Empathy

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

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