A novelist, poet, and peerless observer of American Indian life, Sherman Alexie has produced an acclaimed body of work that deals with the estrangement, poverty, and tragedy of life on the reservation. Two decades into his career, what really makes him happy, he says, is the way that a new generation of kids are picking up his books for their first real taste of literature.
In The Graphic Canon, comic artists reimagine dozens of classic works of literature, philosophy, and religion. The result, says creator Russ Kick, is like The Norton Anthology with pictures, drawn by an army of emerging artists who provide their personal — and sometimes unexpected — gloss on the world's great books.
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At an early age, Joy Castro ran away from an abusive home and renounced her faith as a Jehovah’s Witness. What she found instead was a new set of beliefs and truths for herself.
ITF speaks with Andrew Blackwell about his new book, Visit Sunny Chernobyl, a travel guide to the most polluted places on the planet. Even sites ravaged by radiation and industrial waste, he argues, can still be places of “nature, wildness, and beauty.”
A town thrives because of biking, but not everyone is happy.
Our media’s favorite brand is fear.
One refugee’s story of seeking protection in the United States.
A new magazine is breaking down local taboos and entering the global feminist fray.
The author of God in the White House talks about the ratcheting up of religion, or at least of the rhetoric of religion, in presidential politics; the “abortion myth” in the rise of the Religious Right; and why religion is best left “on the margins of society, not the councils of power.”