Jaquira Díaz witnesses her father’s rebellious fight for a better life, and her homeland’s fight for its place in the world.
Every Woman Her Own Bodyguard
Before women got the right to vote, they learned jiu-jitsu and boxing to defend themselves on the streets
And They Do Not Stop Until Dusk
I’ve never known what it means to feel Jewish, but I still have a past — I have György Román, who painted dreams and saw nightmares.
‘By Choice, and Not By Choice…Time Is Going To Change You.’
Nina MacLaughlin discusses her retelling of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. “[In] my very vague high school memories…there was no discussion of the fact that this book is just rape after rape after rape.”
The Tale of Boozy Suzy and Her Hammer Fist
Inside the Rise and Fall of the Pillow Fight League
The Trials of a Boxing Romantic
Many people can’t believe that a talented, widely published sports writer makes his living by giving boxing lessons in Central Park. But Brin-Jonathan Butler is for real. You can see for yourself, and like the boxers he writes about, he fights to get by.
When an Author Lives His Material
Alex Vadukul tells the story of Brin-Jonathan Butler, a successful boxing writer who’s extensively documented boxing in Cuba, only to become part of the story by teaching the sport in New York’s Central Park.
In California, Finding ‘Fat City’ With the Man Who Wrote It
In 1969, an author from Stockton, California published one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. He rarely talked publicly about it or why he never published another book. One poet spent the weekend strolling with the author through the old hotels and boxing rings of this inland port city, talking books, his inspiration and […]
‘Brokenness and Holiness Really Go Together’: Darcey Steinke on Menopause
Darcey Steinke says that most menopause memoirs “end with this come-to-Jesus moment of, ‘Then I accepted hormones.’ I’m not against it, but … I wanted to hear what it’s like for other women.”
A Vor Never Sleeps
The shadowy world of Russian organized crime in America.