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Photo of Sarah Shun-lien Bynum on left; photo of Yiyun Li  on right

The Merits of Imperfection

Why literature’s best is usually deeply flawed
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum,
Yiyun Li
December 1, 2020
Photo of Aleshea Harris on left; photo of Douglas Kearney on right

Signal and Noise

A dialogue on presencing Blackness
Aleshea Harris,
Douglas Kearney
December 1, 2020
Photo of Namwali Serpell on left; photo of Maria Tumarkin on right

The Limits of Empathy

Two writers on the ethics of pen and paper
Namwali Serpell,
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
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
Graphic of basketball players Julius Randle and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Game Is Life

Basketball, poetry, and the NBA playoffs
Kaveh Akbar,
Vivian Lee,
Ben Purkert,
Nabila Lovelace
May 27, 2021
Illustrated portrait of Elif Batuman and Ama Codjoe

A Failed Book Club

How does one decide when to give up and stop reading?
Elif Batuman,
Ama Codjoe
June 14, 2021
Portraits of Caleb Smith and Rachel Kushner

Discipline and Abolish

Writing, power, and mass incarceration
Rachel Kushner,
Caleb Smith
June 28, 2021
Portrait of Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge

The Poetry of Attention

The possibilities of perception
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge,
Lacey Jones
June 21, 2021
Photos of Maggie Nelson and Simone White

Why Some Sexual Taboos Won't Go Away

Simone White,
Maggie Nelson
September 20, 2021