21: Mythologies

Mythologies considers stories that have been transmitted to us by teachers, writers, parents, politicians, and pop stars—and the mechanisms of their transmittal. In Issue 21, Natalie Diaz takes us to the banks of the Colorado River, Rodrigo Hasbún seeks out fabled Incan cities, T Kira Madden goes to the Olympics, and Carmen Maria Machado assembles a pantheon of feminist saints. With fiction by Venita Blackburn, Beatriz Bracher, Andrés Neuman, Kevin Robert Schaeffer, and Jenny Zhang; poetry by Adonis, Tina Chang, Natalie Graham, Rickey Laurentiis, Layli Long Soldier, and Kei Miller; nonfiction by Ursula K. Le Guin and Kevin Young; and conversations with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Trevor Noah, Samanta Schweblin, Samantha Bee, Masha Gessen, Édouard Louis, Garth Greenwell, Malika Bilal, and Carrie Brownstein.



Amitava Kumar, Jennifer Finney Boylan, T Kira Madden, Lydia Davis, Maria Dahvana Headley, Reginald Dwayne Betts, and Kimiko Hahn


Venita Blackburn, String Theory
Beatriz Bracher, translated by Adam Morris, They Flew Away
Rodrigo Hasbún, translated by Sophie Hughes, Paitití
Carmen Maria Machado, Mothers
Andrés Neuman, translated by Nick Caistor and Lorenza García, Fidelity
Kevin Robert Schaeffer, Of Arrestable Professions
Namwali Serpell, The Brightening
Jenny Zhang, It Was Always Only Temporary


Adonis, translated by Khaled Mattawa, Psalm
Jennifer Bartlett, From Autobiography/Anti-Autobiography
Tina Chang, Timeline for a Body: 4 Hours, 6 Bullets
Natalie Diaz, The First Water Is the Body
Melvin Dixon, Heartbeats
Greg Goodman, Glimpse: Year 26, 2016
Natalie Graham, The Way of the Shrine
Karol House, This Is Where
Noemi Jaffe, translated by Katrina Dodson, L for Lá
Mia Kang, So I Bought a Little City … and What Happens Now: Parable of a Roman Outcome
Rickey Laurentiis, One Country
Layli Long Soldier, From WHEREAS
Kei Miller, What the evangelist should have said
Purvi Shah, Mira pulls a fish out from the banks of the Jamuna and The way you have folded laundry, Saraswati folds continents
Ya Shi, translated by Nick Admussen, Water Poem 


Cover: Parangolé P4 Cape 1,1964 by Hélio Oiticica, photographed by Sergio Zalis
Photographs by Carrie Mae Weems and Beowulf Sheehan
Graphic narrative: From LISSA, written by Sherine Hamdy and Coleman Nye, art by Sarula Bao and Caroline Brewer


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Trevor Noah, and Chris Jackson, Steeped in Specificity
Mariana Enriquez, Pola Oloixarac, Samanta Schweblin, and Lina Meruane, Ghost Stories
Samantha Bee and Masha Gessen, Writing the Bigger Story
Ali Asgar, Garth Greenwell, Édouard Louis, Andrew Solomon, and Tobin Low, Stigma to Style
Malika Bilal, Mehdi Hasan, Julia Ioffe, Rula Jebreal, Ayman Mohyeldin, and Wajahat Ali, Muslim Americans on the State of News Media
Carrie Brownstein and Kathy Tu, To Embrace the Not Knowing


Ursula K. Le Guin, Having My Cake
T Kira Madden, It Should Have Been Lovely
Alberto Manguel, To Terrify an Emperor
Kevin Young, This Way to the Egressmthologie