A Reviewer’s Life

The material constraints of writing criticism today
Christine Smallwood

Palestinian Solidarity, Then and Now

The power of encampment as a form of protest
Feisal G. Mohamed

Absolute Darkness

A curious disorientation
Lydia Davis

The Critic as Friend

The challenge of reading generously
Merve Emre

Louise Glück’s Late Style

The fabular turn in the poet’s last three books
Teju Cole

Jean Stein’s Rolodex

The legendary editor’s social genius
Benjamin Anastas



Photograph of white house

Soup Can; or, On Hospitality

Anything can become a weapon in America, especially against those who dare to cross the color line
Wendy S. Walters
September 1, 2020
Image of COVID-19 virus. Graphic by Bianca Ibarlucea.

I Can’t Sleep

After days of witnessing racial violence, respite is no longer a given
Emily Bernard
June 15, 2020
The author with her brother, 1999.

After My Brother

Finding the language of loss
Brianna Zimmerman
June 1, 2020
Still from the film Atlantics, 2019.

In the Atmosphere

In Mati Diop’s Atlantics, every breath takes in the evaporated substance of history
Lindsay Turner
June 1, 2020
A man pouring milk in his eyes

Photographing the George Floyd Protests

Alex Golshani
June 1, 2020
Abstract geometric image.

Speech Acts

Eunice de Souza, a post-Independence Indian poet, explores the glitches in poetic voicing
Vidyan Ravinthiran
June 1, 2020
Photograph of clock at Grand Central Station. Robert Hoge / Creative Commons


The law of entropy and life as a fill-in employee, and girlfriend
Victoria Kornick
June 1, 2020
Dandelion seeds attached to stem.

The Unthinkable

How do you put into words the boundless pain of losing a child?
David L. Ulin
June 1, 2020
A Black woman raises her fist at a protest against police violence. Joyce by Miki J / Creative Commons

The Uses of Memory

Ecstasy in the midst of struggle
Roger Reeves
June 1, 2020
Tove Jansson at her desk. ©Eva Konikoff/Moomin Characteers™

Tove Jansson’s Genius

The radical imagination that built the visionary world of the Moomins
Evan James
June 1, 2020