Brick 104

We assign a certain pragmatic wisdom to the gut. The heart is another matter.
—Hiromi Goto


  • Teju Cole renders Norway in fragments
  • Eleanor Wachtel interviews Kiese Laymon
  • Souvankham Thammavongsa pulls the trigger
  • Christina Sharpe on beauty, Blackness, and book lists
  • Ubah Cristina Ali Farah finds the words for escaping conflict
  • Theresa Kishkan’s fractured path
  • Novelist Graciliano Ramos’s mayoral report from Palmeira dos Índios (trans. Padma Viswanathan)
  • Hiromi Goto meets kin on contested ground
  • Aga Maksimowska finds Sergei Dovlatov
  • Aminatta Forna revisits a chimpanzee escape
  • Joe Woodward has never been to Spain
  • A conversation with Rawi Hage and Rachid Al-Daif
  • Kaitlin Ruether on trees, combustion, and her brother
  • Joanne Leow replays life under dictatorship
  • Alex Leslie tours the Neon Museum
  • Judy Fong Bates remembers Wayson Choy
  • Poetry by Ken Babstock and John Steffler
  • Fiction by Yan Ge and Adania Shibli (trans. Adam Talib)
  • A translation exercise featuring Rawi Hage, Canisia Lubrin, Erín Moure, Yan Ge, Oana Avasilichioaei, Geetha Sukumaran, Kweli Jaoko, Francine Merasty, John Martial Merasty, Gregory Gan, Ana Lorena Leija, Marta Kucza, and Han Yujoo
  • Plus artwork by Guy Laramée, Nick Burdan, Gregory Gan, and Christian Ordoñez