20: We the People

The spirit of Frederick Douglass guides us: “not we the white people, not even we the citizens, not we the privileged class, not we the high, not we the low, but we the people.” In Issue 20, Eliot Weinberger and Valeria Luiselli contemplate walls. Anne Enright, Marlon James, and francine j. harris consider escape. Dilruba Ahmed and Anita Augustin look at endings. Gabriel Orozco shares art from Mexico and around the globe and talks with Colm Tóibín about language, image, and imagination. With fiction by Vivian Abenshushan, Jamaica Kincaid, Walter Mosley, Ahmed Naji, and Antoine Volodine; poetry by Aziza Barnes, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Gala Mukomolova, sam sax, and Solmaz Sharif; and conversations with Ayad Akhtar, Rozina Ali, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Haroon Moghul, Salman Rushdie, and Lila Azam Zanganeh.



Vivian Abenshushan, translated by Susan Ouriou, Lukin’s Bed
Anita Augustin, translated by Rachel McNicholl, The Silver Scrapheap
Jamaica Kincaid, The Imagining of It
Ben Kingsley, Becoming the Chaplain
Sara Majka, Maureen
MJ McGinn, Phoenix
Hubert Mingarelli, translated by Sam Taylor, The Shootings
Walter Mosley, from Charcoal Joe
Ahmed Naji, translated by Ben Koerber, from Using Life</em
Jean Rhys, Marooned
Fortunato Salazar, Patrick Stewart
L.P. Sutton, The Last Stand
Antoine Volodine, translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman, Samiya Schmidt


Dilruba Ahmed, Zofran
Aziza Barnes, Pronunciation: Part One
Tommye Blount, Last Night, I Was Trapped in the Wrong Body Again
Nicole Callihan, The Stick
francine j. harris, White People Eating White Food
Brigit Pegeen Kelly, A Live Dog Being Better Than a Dead Lion
Catherine LaFleur, Gardener’s Memory
Gala Mukomolova, Siren, Again
sam sax, I Want So Desperately to be Finished with Desire
Sarah V. Schweig, Toward the Great Unity
Solmaz Sharif, Master Film


Photographs by Gabriel Orozco

Graphic Narrative

Josh Trujillo, Lung


Ayad Akhtar, Rozina Ali, Haroon Moghul, and Arun Venugopal, Muslim in America
Kwame Anthony Appiah, Marlon James, Jamaica Kincaid, Valeria Luiselli, Colum McCann, and Eric Banks, Writing in Shifting Space
Walter Mosley, Boris Akunin, and Keith Gessen, Tolstoy Can’t Sue
Gabriel Orozco and Colm Tóibín, My Hands Are My Heart
Salman Rushdie and Lila Azam Zanganeh, Narrative Animals


Anne Enright, Day Passes
Helen Hofling and Timothy Small, Prison Branding in the Age of Mass Incarceration
Marlon James, Kyle & Jason
Nate McKowen, The Setting Sun
Jeremy Mulligan, Mr. Levi
Gene Walker, East Texas Machinery
Eliot Weinberger, The Great Wall and The Wall
Tsering Woeser, A Covered Up Past