Angela Palm learns to find joy in a world filled with suffering.
Barbara Ehrenreich on thinking as an antidote to “the unknown and potentially menacing.”
On the eve of her marriage, an adventurous young woman tests how free she really wants to be.
When Alexander Chee’s father died at 43, he left behind a trust that would set the course of his son’s life.
The playwright has a lot to tell viewers about human nature and our depraved era. Too bad so few people have seen his plays.
We asked writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in various categories. Here is the best in essays.
Zandria F. Robinson narrates her coming of age Memphis while examining contemporary southernness.
Editors and writers discuss the ways David Foster Wallace’s work influenced them and what it was like to work with him.
“For me it’s about recognizing that great art comes in all kinds of forms.”
How the whiplash-like event of Trump following the nation’s first black president has “compressed time.”
The new poetry editor of the New Yorker says that to find poetry, “you have to look in your backyard.”
2017 MacArthur fellow Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses questions of justice, diversity in literature, and empathy across cultures.
Dedicated research and hours of interviews crafted the gold-standard of pre-access celebrity journalism.
Jann Wenner created a magazine that lasted for 50 years because he understood nostalgia sells.
With her profiles of Toni Morrison, Dave Chapelle, James Baldwin, and more, Ghansah is an unparalleled chronicler of black excellence.
At Buzzfeed, Kiese Laymon tells the story of his early years teaching at an elite liberal arts college in New York.
The paper redefined the alt-weekly and introduced readers to a new kind of journalist and critic.
Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen talks about how ghosts and authors of fiction share a similar role in today’s culture.
“…the viral is becoming more viral, and websites are mousetraps, and content the cheese,”
‘Cane’ is a series of vignettes about life in rural Georgia told from the point of view of an ambivalently black teacher from the north.
A teacher at an elite boarding school confronts her own confused leap up the ladder of class privilege.
Quotas allow superiors to blame failure on subordinates and take credit for success.
These features show a rigorous approach to the truth, a convergence of the of the personal and political, and excellent writing.
The writer showed his students and friends how to remain an artist, even when one becomes a kind of cult figure.
While critics were measuring her life as the length of time between novels, Arundhati Roy was out in the world, living it.
Kate Gavino shares five stories about forgotten women authors, from Anita Brookner to Nancy Mitford.
An editor reflects on a career in travel writing, even as Americans travel less and are exposed to less diversity.
Rafe Bartholomew discovers his father’s voice in the very place he thought was holding him back, McSorley’s Old Ale House
The author offers insights into the 44th President of the United States after interviewing over 1,000 people for Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama.
Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on The Train and Into the Water, reflects on two unreliable things: narrators and memory.