The Internet Abridged
February 5, 2017
M is offered a job teaching American English to Bulgarian teenagers. On our first night in Bulgaria we eat dinner with P, a second-year teacher at once alarmist, deluded, and wise. Her boyfriend works for our government. If something goes down—“If what goes down?” “Don...
None of this would be important if NPR’s science journalism existed in a vacuum. It does not. The individualistic perspective endemic to NPR pervades all progressive thinking, and the question of which disciplines contribute to our common sense–behavioral economists in...
"Here I am dying at an average pace envy is the only deadly sin that's / no fun for the sinner"
When I get up in front of the children and teach, I imagine a painting of a green field with gentle hills and trees and clouds and a river that curves slowly around a bend. There’s an old woman in the middle of the field wearing a red shawl, playing a fugue on her fid...
I also think we’ve entered a ripe cultural moment for utopian thinking: sea levels are rising, a right-wing demagogue could win the US presidency, scenes of violence flood our news channels. We have an opportunity, here and now, to choose between despairing over an apo...
Art allows for an engagement with others that is sufficiently empathetic to not require winners and losers. Politics is the realm of winners and losers. Art is the realm in which contradictions can be held and not resolved, but held in a kind of beneficent stasis. Poli...
Jefferson slices the corn in the morning. Using a chunk of granite sharpened into a blade, he carves the corn off the cob and into my hands. He bites the remaining kernels straight from the cob. I like to shake the kernels around in my palms, seasoning them with sweat,...
Ben Lerner reading John Berger's "Woven, Sir" for the New Yorker Fiction Podcast. It's taken from Berger's book, Here is Where We Meet.
Also, as a writer of the English sentence, I am very conscious of the assertion of subjectivity. You can’t get very far in the sentence without having to make a big gesture of identity. “I,” “The man,” “She”—these solids inside which a certainty is assumed to exist. I...
Deborah Eisenberg interview in The Believver
November 22, 2019
Laura van den Berg interviewed at The Paris Review
August 10, 2018
Daniel Peña on The Alamo, Post-Truth, & Wolfgang Hilbig
August 9, 2018
Jamel Brinkley in conversation with Brandon Taylor for Lithub
July 11, 2018
Edouard Louis and Abdellah Taïa in conversation for The Paris Review
July 6, 2018
Elissa Washuta & Alice Bolin in conversation for Tin House
June 20, 2018
Arundhati Roy interviewed in The Guardian
June 18, 2018
Rita Bullwinkel Interviewed for The Paris Review
May 27, 2018
Kevin Young Interviewed for Guernica
November 13, 2017
Kiese Laymon Interviews Eve Ewing for Guernica
October 18, 2017
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