As America’s rural communities stagnate

If rural Americans are being “left behind”, why don’t they just move? President Trump and Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee want to help “forgotten” farmers — they won’t be able to. Heather Long on America’s forgotten towns: Can they be saved or should people just leave? Telling rural people to move won’t solve poverty: Geography is only partly to blame for the shrinking fortunes of small towns. Where the small-town American Dream lives on: As America’s rural communities stagnate,

Paper Trail

The New York Times reports on the case of Curtis Dawkins, a Michigan prisoner who sold a short story collection while serving a life sentence and is now being sued by the state for the cost of his incarceration. The Guardian talks to Francisco Cantú about the border patrol, immigration policy, and how writing can


Marriage Reimagined

Laura SmithIt is easy to view the vast and varied landscape of marriage in the present day as a radical departure from a more conservative past. But many of these marriage alternatives—including polyamory, open

Daily Review

Empty Set

In Verónica Gerber Bicecci’s novel Empty Set, the book’s narrator, an authorial stand-in also named Verónica, is haunted by her mother’s disappearance back when she was fifteen. In the book’s slightly fantastical world, this disappearance is gradual, ghostly: One day,


Mathieu Lindon

The human capacity for love is vast and open, yet the word love is often limited: it’s the feeling between people with shared DNA, or the volatile emotion of romance. Mathieu Lindon has experienced life-altering forms of love that defy these categories.


Minds of the Immortals: Emily Wilson on translating "The Odyssey"

Ben Shields

“The minds of the immortals rarely change,” old King Nestor tells Telemachus in Book III of The Odyssey, That may be true, but the ways that we experience and imagine those gods change regularly, Since the sixteenth century, dozens of English-language translators have traversed the epics of archaic Hellas, and all of them have returned with their own unique account: Blank verse, couplets, and prose are all available portals into Homer.