College (translated from the Hindi by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra and Sara Rai)

We were in the last year of college. My younger brother was in the first year. All my free time went in going around the bazaar. It had become a habit. I quite enjoyed it. In college, in the evening, …

Vinod Kumar Shukla is a poet and writer whose works in Hindi have been translated into Italian, Swedish, German, and French. His most recent titles published in English include A Window Lived in the Wall (Westland, 2019) and The Windows in Our House Are Little Doors: A Novel in Twenty-Six Stories (HarperCollins, 2019), both translated by Satti Khanna; and Blue Is Like Blue: Stories (Harper Perennial, 2019), translated by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra and Sara Rai. Among Shukla’s many honors, Blue Is Like Blue won the 2019 Atta Galatta–Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prize in fiction and was named the Mathrubhumi Book of the Year in 2020. The Servant’s Shirt, translated by Khanna (Penguin, 1999), was adapted into the film Naukar ki kameez (1999) by Mani Kaul. 

Watch Night: An Extended Public Service Announcement

Video poem by Terrance Hayes, directed by Radiclani Clytus

On the eve of the 157th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, National Book Award–winning poet Terrance Hayes collaborated with RoundO Films to reflect on the historical realities that preserve the Lowcountry …

on Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

The title of poet Marcelo Hernandez Castillo’s memoir about intergenerational migration derives from mythical insects that are said to inhabit the mountains of Mexico, tiny creatures with incandescent bodies and the faces of children. In Castillo’s telling, los Niños de …

on The Prime Anniversary by Jay Wright

Jay Wright’s new collection, The Prime Anniversary, begins with a wedding song for the lost. Borrowing from the Sapphic fragment ὦ καλή, ὦ χαρίεσσα (“o beautiful, o graceful”), its epigraph apostrophizes absence and begins a ceremony whose actors wait …

Michael Berlin is a doctoral candidate in comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine. He is currently writing his dissertation with the support of the Donald A. Strauss Foundation, the Michael J. Connell Foundation at the Huntington Library, and the UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies at the William A. Clark Memorial Library. His work is forthcoming in Cultural Critique.

on Unsun by Andrew Zawacki

Andrew Zawacki’s latest poetry collection, Unsun, refracts recurring interests in sunlight and perception as a way of making visible our slow-going collective disaster. The nature of this disaster is manifold: the disaster of parenting in the midst of climate …

Sueyeun Juliette Lee lives in Denver, Colorado. Her books include No Comet, That Serpent in the Sky Means Noise (Kore Press, 2017), Solar Maximum (Futurepoem Books, 2015), Underground National (Factory School Press, 2010), and That Gorgeous Feeling (Coconut Press, 2008). Her latest, Aerial Concave Without Cloud, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in 2021. A former Pew Fellow in the Arts for Literature, Lee has held residencies internationally in poetry, dance, and video art. Her essays have appeared with The Volta, Constant Critic, Jacket2, and The Poetry Foundation, and she has provided editorial support to the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. 

on Frankissstein: A Love Story by Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson’s new novel, Frankissstein, is a lively homage to the biotechnological future first made thinkable in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It is one in a long series of remakes and commentaries that equate “Frankenstein” with biotechnological developments such …

Julie Carlson is a professor of English and the associate dean of faculty equity at University of California, Santa Barbara. With Aranye Fradenburg Joy, she is editor of Brainstorm Books, an imprint of punctum books. Author of England’s First Family of Writers: Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Mary Shelley (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007) and In the Theatre of Romanticism: Coleridge, Nationalism, Women (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and co-editor with Elisabeth Weber of Speaking about Torture (Fordham University Press, 2012), her writings concern radical activism in British Romantic literary culture, theories of mind, and friendship across difference. Her current book project is Friendship and Creativity: The Radical Legacy of British Romanticism. 

on Mud and Stars: Travels in Russia with Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Other Geniuses of the Golden Age by Sara Wheeler

When characterizing the fiction of Ivan Turgenev in a review of Constance Garnett’s translation of The Two Friends and Other Stories for The Times Literary Supplement in December 1921, Virginia Woolf—as consummate a critic as she was a novelist—describes a …

Jonathan Russell Clark is a literary critic and the author of the forthcoming Skateboard (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2022) as well as An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom (Fiction Advocate, 2018). His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Tin House, Vulture, Rolling Stone, the Atlantic, and numerous others.

Old Fellas (on The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese)

The New York Times published an op-ed by Martin Scorsese on 4 November 2019, a few days after The Irishman, his eagerly awaited motion picture, had opened in restricted theatrical release and about three weeks before the film would …

Jerome Christensen is a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, where he formerly taught film studies and Romantic literature. He is the author of four books on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and philosophy as well as his most recent book, America’s Corporate Art: Studio Authorship of Hollywood Motion Pictures (Stanford University Press, 2012). He has published film-related essay-reviews in the Los Angeles Review of Books and is currently at work on an essay on Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In and Pain and Glory and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. 

Shelter in Place

Bishakh’s work has appeared in The New YorkerWe’re Still Here (The first all-trans comics anthology),  Beyond, vol. 2 (The Queer Post-Apocalyptic & Urban Fantasy Comics Anthology), The Strumpet, The Boston Review, Black Warrior Review, VICE, The Brooklyn Rail, Buzzfeed, Ink Brick, The Huffington Post, The Graphic Canon vol. 3 and Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream. She received the Xeric grant in 2003 for her comics collection Angel.  Her graphic novel Apsara Engine is out now from The Feminist Press. Her graphic memoir Spellbound will be published by Street Noise Books in August 2020.