“Are books to us as leaves are to trees, feeding us while we hold them, then decomposing and feeding us again after we’ve let them go?”
In this moving personal essay, Amy Jo Burns writes about how the death of her writing mentor, Louise DeSalvo, has affected her, and how reading Alexander Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, and Sigrid Nunez’s The Friend helped her process her grief.
One eater wanders through the fast food frontier, examining the culture of menu hacking, to undertand why restaurants honor special requests that defy their reliance on standardization.
When the director of her MFA writing program advises her not to pursue a part-time job to help pay the bills, Katie Prout starts visiting the local food bank out of necessity.
An essay in which Roxane Gay reveals how she chose the short stories for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2018 — with an eye toward writing that engaged with the political in thoughtful, engaging, diverse and inclusive ways.
The daughter of Indian immigrants looks at race, class and climate change in the giant heat sink known as Phoenix, Arizona, a city where money equips residents with the shade trees and air conditioning necessary to survive the heat.
An essay in which author and academic Angela Pelster-Wiebe considers the best ways for white authors and artists to quit side-stepping the subjects of deeply rooted structural racism and their own privilege, and help dismantle white supremacy with their work.
“My family was a series of hushed rages behind shut doors…In my family, love was the slow accumulation of moments in which I was not subjected to great harm.”
One journalist speaks with immigrants to learn what life is like in the center of America’s immigration, and moral, crisis.