Nonfiction

A Faceless Compass

Johannesburg’s haunted streets
Ivan Vladislavić

The Path to "River See"

How improvisation and ancestry shape a playwright's work
Sharon Bridgforth

Reclaiming Tituba

The real story behind Arthur Miller's character
Winsome Pinnock

Bottle Torches

A fantasia on Nari Ward
Ishion Hutchinson

Remembering Benares

The city that inspired The Romantics
Pankaj Mishra

Tender Light

The bond between photography and narrative
Emmanuel Iduma

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Nonfiction

An old photograph of a churchyard cemetery. Courtesy The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

A Journal of the Plague

The 1918 Influenza
Francis Russell
December 1, 1958
Blue stamps from WWII ration book

Note on the Home Front

I shall never forget that first winter of gasoline rationing
Eve Riehle
September 1, 1945
A photograph of a London street during WWII.

After a Visit to England

London during the Blitz
Thornton Wilder
September 1, 1941
A stack of old issues of The Yale Review. Courtesy Pentagram

Thirty Clocks Strike the Hour

Vita Sackville-West
September 1, 1929
A painting of a woman reading at a table.

How Should One Read a Book?

Read as if one were writing it
Virginia Woolf
September 1, 1926
Letters

Niki de Saint Phalle's Inner World

A selection of the French artist's letters
Nicole Rudick
Ideas

The All Play No Fun Economy

How did we end up teetering between euphoria and exhaustion?
Jessikah Díaz