Nobody knows what will be useful in the future. And this is why we so often find humanistic activities in the seeds and roots of STEM.
Each May we send our readers into summer with a curated list of the titles that dazzled, challenged, and inspired us most over the past year (or so).
Jenny Erpenbeck’s fiction is an attempt to grasp the underlying precariousness of our sense of identity and belonging.
What does it mean to write—and read—an American novel in the wake of anti-Asian racism and hate crimes, events connected to a history of Asian exclusion?
Anthropology’s attention to the granular texture of someone’s life is a beautiful training for being a fiction writer.
What happens when a regime founded upon exclusion, racism, nationalism, and an authoritarian leader ends? In Spain, such a regime never really ended.
For Indiana, disaster is both imminent and ambient, both apocalyptic and manifested in everyday ordinariness.
Sigrid Nunez’s fiction inspires the question: What would it mean to make caring for others into an explicitly public priority?
Novelists from George Eliot to Mary Gordon ask readers to confront our lives as ethical dramas that run only once, and with great consequence.
As many COVID-era courses have moved from seminar rooms to Zoom meetings, the haptic nature of teaching has changed. Is anything lost?
“When I write, I try to begin from a place of authority and then I try to lose it over time. I want to transfer it to the reader.”
Recently translated essay collections underscore how sanitized ethical language has become in the last 60 to 70 years.
Franco-Moroccan writer Leïla Slimani reveals the dirty underside of bourgeois domesticity. Is her taboo breaking worthy of praise?
Fernanda Melchor’s Hurricane Season makes other authors’ moral delicacy look like condescension.
Fitting chaos into form is what genre was made for. But what does it mean for our literature—let alone our society—when reality suddenly turns wolfishly against ...
For two Black womxn translators, bringing Afro-Italian stories into English is an act of radical self-love and resistance.
When will new generations of Afro-Italians finally be heard and recognized as full and active members of Italy’s culture and society?
Lovecraft Country runs on a formula: genre clichés—however racist—only need to be painted over, so as to be enjoyed without guilt.
How should readers and scholars look on the tangible traces writers leave behind?
Forget traditional “heroes.” The protagonists of some centuries-old stories are social climbers and tricksters, even cheats and cowards.