Heart of the Emerald Triangle
by Lee Ellis
Despite legalization efforts nationwide, outlaw marijuana farmers still run the economy—and the culture—of Humboldt County, California.
George Washington’s “Mammy”
by Louis Chude-Sokei
P. T. Barnum alternately described one of his earliest sideshow characters, Joice Heth, as ancient and as less than human. The fact that his audiences believed either story says something troubling about America.
Road to Rapid City
by Brian T. Edwards
A father builds an epic family road trip around American films that, it turns out, haven’t all aged particularly well.
P.D. Eastman’s Go, Dog. Go!
reviewed by Rachel Z. Arndt
Snowfall in Belmont,
(February 18, 2014)
reviewed by Stephen Burt
Ivan Vladislavić’s The Restless Supermarket
reviewed by Mary Mann
A new poem by Rebecca Lindenberg
interviewed by Jonathan Meiburg
In an interview conducted shortly before his death, the author and explorer discusses Zen, nature, and nearly hitting the big time.
interviewed by Ross Simonini
“The brain is good and there’s lots of stuff I need to use it for, but I’m not sure the studio is the best place for it.”
interviewed by Kaya Genç
“There is a side of me that is mystical or irrational. It tells me that we are merely scribes, that we don’t own the stories we write.”
interviewed by Sabra Embury
"I feel like human beings were never meant to have such extreme attention. Ecologically, this edifice of culture that we’ve constructed totally supports a way of life that’s asymmetrical to what nature has built so slowly and surely."
by Jennifer Kabat
Longtime New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl discusses his elaborate annual Fourth of July fireworks display.
“He Brought Utopia and Faith”
Carolina López interviewed by Lisa Locascio
Robert Bolaño's widow talks about their life together, his books, and his love of the computer game Civilization.
Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus
What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler
Pillow of Air
by Lawrence Weschler
edited by Alvin Buenaventura