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Family HistoriesRoxana Robinson
In this essay, award-winning author Roxana Robinson writes about the fascinating subject of her uncle, Dr. William Beecher Scoville, a neurosurgeon...
A Tribute to Edith Grossman
Honoring one of the most celebrated literary translators of our time on the occasion of her 80th birthday.
First FictionAlexander Chee
There is an exercise I have my students do, one I invented. Think of a story your family tells about you to any newcomer, usually from your early childhood.
Our Other FuturesMalka Older
In this essay, author Malka Older reflects on her time as a humanitarian aid worker in Darfur and how it influenced her near-future political...
Moby-Dick and In the Heart of the SeaSheridan Hay
Author Sheridan Hay looks at the legacy of popular whaling stories and the lasting reach of Melville’s classic.
Re-VisionMitchell S. Jackson
Let me tell you how I got popped. Let me start with a couple of hours pre the arrest, when I was in medias res cooking dope in the house I shared—a...
Stronger by Way of Breaking or How to Handle the Failed ElectionAnna Dunn
In this personal essay, writer Anna Dunn reflects on her experiences before and after the election, and challenges each of us to ‘see’...
The Science of Magical ThinkingKristopher Jansma
Saleem Sinai, the narrator of Salman Rushdie’s 1981 novel, Midnight’s Children, is born at exactly midnight on the 15th of August...
Supermarket MittelschmerzMax Winter
In this essay, author Max Winter (Exes) reflects on his mother’s career as a painter, why she inexplicably stopped painting when he was...