Shadow City, Invisible City: Walking Through an Ever-Changing Kabul

“Kabul changed years before the Taliban entered the city on August 15th, 2021, and yet in the news and in mainstream narratives, I find it presented as a surprise. Surprise, I find, is another word for wilful forgetting, a different shade of amnesia. A way to talk only of those who were “saved,” rather than those who had no choice but to remain.”

Author: Taran Khan
Source: LitHub
Published: Oct 21, 2021
Length: 10 minutes (2,677 words)

Writing from Home: Lessons from a Novelist-Slash-Small-Town Newspaper Columnist

“Small towns around Wisconsin are depopulating, the main streets emptying and shuttering. An American way of life is disappearing, and with it, an exchange is made. If there is no future for small-towns, what about local media like the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram? Who will report on the illegal acts of multinational corporations polluting the countryside? State officials undermining local and regional democracy? Who will grow the nation’s food? Who will work in its factories? Who will be the stewards of the backroad forests, orchards, prairies, rivers, and streams?”

Source: LitHub
Published: Oct 18, 2021
Length: 7 minutes (1,874 words)

The Ambiguous Loss of (Probably) Not Selling My Novel

In a period of trying to sell her novel, Danielle Lazarin reflects on art, waiting, and the space between grief and hope.

Source: LitHub
Published: Sep 2, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,382 words)

Misunderstanding Thoreau: Reading Neurodiversity in Literature and in Life

“Steve Edwards on Kathryn Schulz, Donald Hall, and the things we miss.”

Source: LitHub
Published: Aug 23, 2021
Length: 26 minutes (6,636 words)

Shortcuts to Identity: How We Tell Asian American Stories

“When it comes to bubble tea and Amy Tan, I’ve taken different stances, but the two have much in common. They’ve both become shorthands of some vaguely ‘Asian American thing.'”

Author: Simon Han
Source: LitHub
Published: Feb 12, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,471 words)

Why I Paid Tenfold to Buy Back the Rights for Two of My Books

Kiese Laymon on revision, radical friendship, and community.

Source: LitHub
Published: Nov 10, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,728 words)

Growing Up in the Soviet Union’s Hero City

“I grew up in a microregion of apartment blocks on the south-western edge of the capital city in a provincial Soviet republic that gained its independence around the time when a few girls in my class claimed they got their first periods though it would take me a few more years to get there.”

Source: LitHub
Published: Nov 3, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,642 words)

A Close Reading of Randall Kenan, Who Paid Rare Attention to Black Complexity

“Omari Weekes and Elias Rodriques in conversation about the late writer.”

Source: LitHub
Published: Sep 16, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,444 words)

The Wound of Multilingualism: On Surrendering the Languages of Home

“Learning a language as an adult or in your teens, especially with a history of repeated migrations between languages and countries, is extraordinarily difficult. It isn’t just about swallowing new words like passion fruit that glides down your throat. It’s like chewing on stones breaking your teeth in order to seed the foundations of that new language on your tongue already heavy with many idioms.”

Source: LitHub
Published: Sep 8, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,627 words)

Letter from Exile

“Finding home in a pandemic.”

Source: LitHub
Published: Jul 23, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,809 words)