My mother sits on a coral reef, her gray hair undulating around her head, face blank, her eyes like a fish’s…
The writer on his new book of essays and the state of limbo as a necessary state of artistic life.
The essayist on writing about birds to bridge thematic leaps from fathers to tattoos to cross-continental moves.
Sixty years of writing about language.
The writer on Swedish Nebraska, the lyric essay, and brevity as a superpower.
The writer discusses what Laika, the first Soviet space dog, can teach us about companionship and loneliness.
The writer on surviving assault, deepening our standards for justice, and resisting forgiveness as the only way to move through pain.
The writer on the space between poetry and prose, how fighting is like dancing, and the resonant symbolism of the idiophone.
With Nigella Sativa, we arrive at midnight together, to the intimacy that can come from mass hysteria.
The writer on surrendering, working through her avoidance, and using her body as an anchor.
The writer on the artistic and emotional merits of reality TV.
We are street people. Nomadic by nature. We are the grandchildren of poor, adventurous strangers. Our living radicalizes their legacy.
Essays that investigate the poetics of “no.”
The black music of herbs.
The author on pushing back against the overly simplistic narrative of addiction.
Hawthorn is a plant that exudes the hospitality of an open heart.
A new collection of criticism and reportage considers Trump, Bellow, and the pleasures of close reading.
February 1 marked the centenary of Muriel Spark’s birth, and we’re celebrating with a selection of the British master’s aphorisms, notes, and observations.
The solitude of the voice.
The story’s “contents” are spun from actual events: in August 1973, Klaus flies to Los Angeles to meet his then-partner, Lynda Benglis (referred to as “Her”), who was to drive cross-country with him back to New York. Instead, he drives back alone, lost in a disputatious reverie circling around language, Gertrude Stein, modernist literature, mapmaking, and the act of writing.