Nonfiction

Essays

Becoming a Playwright

How soap operas and loneliness shaped my art
Michael R. Jackson
The cast of A Strange Loop singing and dancing.
Essays

Race Off

The fantasy of race transformation
Namwali Serpell

Essays

Battle Scene

Ballet, trauma, and rebirth
Ian Spencer Bell

Essays

A Small Death in the Family

What losing our pet taught me about a much greater, deeper love
Craig Morgan Teicher
Essays

The Screen is a Mirror

Gender transition in the Zoom era
S. Brook Corfman
Graphic with ring light and hand wearing teal nail polish by Tung Chau
Essays

My Queer Voice

It has outed me my whole life. Why?
Zachary Pace
Graphic with lips and motioning hands by Tung Chau

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Nonfiction

Exterior view of Metropolitan Opera
Music

The Metropolitan Opera’s Fiftieth Anniversary

Recordings in review
Dewey Faulkner
November 1, 2017
A stack of old issues of The Yale Review. Courtesy Pentagram
Essays

Turning the Soil

Cultivating our gardens in times of trouble
Jane Costlow
November 1, 2017
A weathered poster of Chelsea Manning
Essays

Whistleblower, Traitor, Soldier, Queer?

The truth of Chelsea Manning
Lida Maxwell
November 1, 2017
A photograph of a train station in Russia at night.
Journals

A Journey Across Siberia

Penetrating the Soviet Union in 1967
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
July 1, 2015
Black and white photo of light coming through windows in the apse of San Vitale in Ravenna with mosaics. Courtesy N.P. Sullo.
Essays

Days of 1952

On the rapture of experiencing art in solitude
James Merrill
April 1, 1992
Polaroid of Francine du Plessix Gray

Charles Olson and an American Place

Francine du Plessix Gray
April 1, 1987
An abstract print by Jacob van Heemskerck.
Essays

Naming, Being, and Black Experience

Yale’s first Black professor on the presence or absence of names, their status and their scope.
Michael G. Cooke
December 1, 1977
A photograph of a tree.
Essays

The Tolstoyans

On my father's followers
Alexandra Tolstoy,
Spencer Barnes
December 1, 1977
Detail of a microchip
Essays

Creativity, Poetic Language, and the Computer

What's distinctly human about writing a poem?
Marie Borroff
June 1, 1971
An old photograph of a churchyard cemetery. Courtesy The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
Essays

A Journal of the Plague

The 1918 Influenza
Francis Russell
December 1, 1958