The debut novelist on the Great Migration and nation-building, conflations of race and class, and her “belief in belief.”
Interior LivesKatherine Rowland interviews Claire Messud
The award-winning novelist on the fluidity of sexuality, the intersections of art and selfishness, and her most recent book, The Woman Upstairs.
Another Kind of LifeJonathan Lee interviews James Salter
The American writer discusses turning his back on showy prose, being labelled an “erotic” author, and “the importance of being somebody.”
History of OmissionDwyer Murphy interviews Lynn Nottage
The Pulitzer Prize winner on the intersection of human rights work and playwriting, telling stories that are “profoundly unheard,” and why she thinks a lot of writing about Africa amounts to little more than “pornography.”
Origin StoriesDwyer Murphy interviews Eduardo Halfon
The Guatemalan writer on his grandfather’s escape from Auschwitz, translation as collaboration, and giving readers “the words they deserve.
Breaking Down WallsNick Murray interviews Diana Balmori
The landscape architect on living cities, the tyranny of lawns, and how mayors will soon rule the world.
Waiting for NasreenPorochista Khakpour interviews James Lasdun
Two writers discuss their cyber-stalker.
Fifty Shades of FeminismKamila Shamsie interviews Rachel Holmes
The cultural historian on the rhetoric of freedom, bossy white women, and the prospects of beating patriarchy by 2040.
Losing the PlotJonathan Lee Interviews Ned Beauman
The Booker Prize nominated novelist talks about his obsession with Pynchon, history as interference, & why literary fiction needn’t forsake the pleasures of suspense.
American UtopiaJonathan Lee interviews Lauren Groff
The bestselling novelist talks about the art of optimism, gender bias in the literary world, and donning public personas.
There Is No Real LifeBrad Fox interviews Aleksandar Hemon
The MacArthur “Genius” on willful delusions, the ego’s limit, and the stories we tell to make sense of experience.
Pitch ForwardAmitava Kumar interviews Teju Cole
The writer, art historian, and street photographer on the body vs. the intellect, the mythical pre-history of humanity, and how very serious a Twitter post can be.
Re-imagining DissentMatthew Cunningham-Cook interviews Patricia Williams
The Nation columnist and law professor on dissent, privatization, and the future of racial equity.
Imperfect ToolsMelissa Seley Interviews Sarah Manguso
Sarah Manguso on memory, mental illness and how writing “is like feeding the cassette tape through the machine one last time after it breaks”
Hard WiredKatherine Dykstra interviews Emily Bazelon
On the evolution of Internet bullying, resilience of underdogs, and the promise of today’s teens.
Waging War On Sex WorkersZoe Schlanger interviews Melissa Gira Grant
The journalist and former sex worker on what feminists get wrong about prostitution.
Carnal KnowledgeMarie-Helene Westgate interviews Melissa Febos
Melissa Febos on her dominatrix memoir, teaching sexuality in literature, and what it takes to make a great sex scene.
Amis UnfilteredSantiago Wills interviews Martin Amis
The provocateur on Obama’s second term and the role of bad behavior in fiction.
Roe v. Wade at Forty: Beyond Pro-ChoiceMarisa Carroll interviews Lynn Paltrow
Her name tag said ‘Lynn Paltrow: Reproductive Justice.’ Pulling out a sharpie, she added, ‘And Drugs.’
The Prophet’s PathJamal Mahjoub interviews Lesley Hazleton
The journalist and “accidental theologist” discusses distinguishing human from legend in her latest book on the founder of Islam.
The Caregivers CoalitionChristine Kim interviews Ai-jen Poo
One of TIME and Newsweek’s most influential people of 2012, Ai-jen Poo works to address a swiftly aging population, and an exploited workforce, by reforming domestic labor standards.
Heart of the DatasetMichael Owen Fisher interviews David McCandless
The data journalist and designer on the balance between content and beauty
No EscapeMelissa Seley Interviews Vanessa Veselka
The PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize winner on her debut dystopian novel and the role of American fiction in the face of escalating violence.
Water Warm as Soup, Water Cold to the TeethRichard Wolinksy interviews Sandra Cisneros
After a decade of absence, the Mexican-American author and activist returns to the literary scene to discuss her new book, what it takes to ‘compost’ grief into light, and the long road for writers of color.
Pocket PoetsDavid Foote interviews Paul Stephens
The professor and critic turns to technology explosions past—think typewriters, gramophones, and radios—to map the modern intersections of information and art.
Close to the BoneMelissa Seley interviews Claire Vaye Watkins
The 5-Under-35 author on growing up in the Mojave, busting up the lines between fiction and nonfiction, and braving her way into the dark heart of the West’s discarded stories.
Due Process, Imminent ThreatAndrea Jones interviews David Cole
From electronic surveillance to drone strikes to racial disparities in the criminal justice system, the writer, lawyer, and advocate anticipates the most pressing issues of the next four years.
Secrecy and Sexual Assault in the MilitaryRichard Wolinsky interviews Helen Benedict
After spurring an investigation of internal violence in the armed forces, the journalist explores the same themes through fiction.
Out of the DarknessRichard Wolinsky interviews A.M. Homes
A.M. Homes on Nixon’s psyche, American dementia, and writing like a man.
A Rioter’s PrayerEcho of Moscow interviews Yekaterina Samutsevich, translated from the French by Iddhis Bing
Pussy Riot’s Yekaterina Samutsevich on protest, art, and freedom
Growing the Hell Up: From Middle Earth to NJRichard Wolinsky Interviews Junot Díaz
The MacArthur “Genius” on his forthcoming sci-fi epic, Monstro, and the evolution of his wily main character, Yunior.
High Art, Low BluesBrad Tolinski interviews Jack White and Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and former White Stripe Jack White on what’s killing the humanity of performances, how the wrong teacher can “really mess you up,” and the power of the blues.
Living NovelisticallyRichard Wolinsky Interviews Salman Rushdie
The famed writer on life as Joseph Anton, the problems of free speech, and the importance of telling the ‘goddamn truth’.
The Future of Carbon Trading in ChiapasDanny Thiemann interviews the Soto-Karlin Brothers
Climate change activism collides with indigenous land movements in Mexico’s Zapatista heartland, where the interests of a green economy threaten to crowd out the voices of those for whom it matters.
Cunning and GuileErica Wagner interviews Marina Warner and Hanan al-Shaykh
What can The One Thousand and One Nights teach the modern world?
Stealing LibertiesMatthew Harwood interviews David Shipler
Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler on why bad guys deserve rights, how small-town officials wield big-time power, and why Obama has been bad for the Constitution.
Gender GapTana Wojczuk interviews Hanna Rosin
Hanna Rosin’s controversial new book proclaims the “end of men.” But what about the women?
Women in Power and PoliticsPeter Popham, Rani Singh, and Mukulika Banerjee with Jane Macartney
Sonia Gandhi and Aung San Suu Kyi have overcome tragic and arduous pasts to emerge as leaders of India and Burma. What’s next for these two historical icons?
Designed for DeathHelen Caldicott interviews Hugh Gusterson
As we grapple with the legal, political, and cultural implications of drone warfare and targeted killing, the renowned anthropologist draws on an older turning point in military ethics—weapons design at Los Alamos.
Reporting PovertyEmily Brennan interviews Katherine Boo
Following three years of research in an Indian slum, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist discusses what language can’t express, her view that nobody is representative, and the ethical dilemmas of writing about the poor.
Life After KaradzicJina Moore interviews Julia Lieblich and Esad Boškailo
A Bosnian genocide survivor and a human rights journalist confront terror, loss, and what it takes to heal.
The End of Gore VidalLila Azam Zanganeh interviews Gore Vidal
The iconoclastic leftist and novelist discusses the rage that fueled him, and how he felt about his coming end alongside the ruin of America.
Notes from the UndergroundMatthew Newton interviews Sean Stewart
Writer and former radical bookstore owner Sean Stewart talks about his new book on the underground press that was so vital to ’60s counterculture.
On the Fly: Reassessing the Forgotten Icon, Richard BrautiganMark Dowie interviews Wiliam Hjortsberg
An exhaustive new biography of Brautigan will change the way we remember the poet and novelist.
Street Art and the New Bohemian: A conversation with Eric Drooker and Molly CrabappleBy Tana Wojczuk
The two visual artists on the gravitas needed to make protest art, the rhetoric and representations of the Occupy movement, and how to seduce an audience by grabbing them by the eyeballs.
Precarious GroundEla Bittencourt interviews Annie Eastman
Documentarian Annie Eastman tells the stories of families in Salvador’s palafitas—water slums built on piles of garbage—and confronts her outsider status.
On the Fly: The Vatican’s Cult of PervertsMark Dowie interviews Jason Berry
In its bank crisis as well as its sex abuse scandals, the Catholic Church is defined by an astonishing lack of accountability. Is this why a parish per week closes in the United States?
Water by the Spoonful: An interview with Quiara Alegría HudesKathleen Potts interviews Quiara Alegría Hudes
In the afterglow of her Pulitzer win, the feminist playwright opens up about border-crossing, why she’d make a terrible critic, and her master teacher, Paula Vogel.
Carlos Fuentes: The Lost InterviewLilly Kanso interviews Carlos Fuentes
A conversation recorded on the road reveals the late author’s take on the role of the writer-as-activist. Read and listen.
Writing What Haunts UsLiza Monroy interviews Anthony Swofford
Anthony Swofford on bad habits, good writing, and coming back from the brink