Three millennial writers probe inner male conflict while the patriarch Achebe looks on.
Standing before a museum exhibit of a mummified five-year-old “Purchased in Egypt in 1895,” a father holding the hand of his four-year-old considers ways to alter the narratives intended for museum visitors.
A couple finds their hired tour guide more sage for hire—like Socrates, an ambulatory pedagogue.
“I don’t think fate has anything so marvelously exceptional in store for us. We’ll get on the plane. There will be no terrorists, no depressive pilot, no defective motor, no thunderstorm to bring us down. The car is going to work fine.” - from Monsters (An Excerpt) by Stéphane Bouquet
“She opened her hands, freeing for a moment her gaze, then closed them immediately. She did this for some time.
‘It’s so big that I can only look at it bit by bit.’” - from “Margherita,” by Roberto Carretta
In this story by an indigenous writer from the southern Philippines, a crime continues to haunt a local’s thoughts.
Rachel Lindsay is a cartoonist based in Vermont and the author of a graphic memoir, RX, that was published in 2018 by Grand Central Publishing. RX explores the powerful interplay of word and image that resists biomedical prescriptivism and espouses the political potential of sharing subjective experiences of living with bipolar disorder through comics. Her comic strip “Rachel Lives Here Now” appears weekly in Seven Days, an alternative newspaper in Vermont.
In this interview, conducted by Tiffany Hawk, Robin Hemsley explores the notions of borders, nationhood, and identity, bringing readers to a number of in-between places, from a Bengali resettlement camp in India, to a preposterously extravagant Chinese mansion smack in the middle of a destitute village, to a painstakingly fabricated indoor rainforest in Nebraska.
In this conversation, Isabel Fargo Cole and Andrea Bryant consider the roles that historical context, location, and translation play in her writing.
“That whistling was the wind. / It is wise enough to know / when to fly by / and where to sting.” from “War,” by Mohamad Nassereddine
“You should have the time / To review your memories, / To review the particulars of your body, / To make plans for your departure.” from “I Do Not Believe,” by Elyas Alavi
“the human soul is contemptible, leviathan. you better hang in my dark face.” from “to hide here and kiss a beloved is not sin enough,” by Merve Çanak