9: Checkpoints

Checkpoints showcases new work by writers from all over the world examining the literal and metaphorical barriers that scar the globe. With Ian McEwan, Xiaolu Guo, Jeffrey Eugenides, Aleksandar Hemon, and many more. Writing from this issue has been included in Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize anthology.

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Rabih Alameddine, My Beirut
Yousef Al-Mohaimeed, Soap and Ambergris 
Chris Everley, Hook Island Traveler
Joshua Furst, Mercy
Aleksandar Hemon, Concrete History
Daniel Kehlmann, One Small Thing
Anya Ulinich, The Nurse and the Novelist
Xiaolu Guo, Reunion
Young-ha Kim, Their Last Visitor


Shimon Adaf, Evening Prayer
Mahmoud Darwish, They Didn’t Ask: What’s After Death and Nothing Pleases Me
Kimiko Hahn, Cope’s Rule, Nepenthe, and The Magpie Lark
Fady Joudah, Proof of Kindness and Checkpoint
Joe Ricky Knight, An Escape Artist
Osip Mandelstam, Together We’ll Sit in the Kitchen
Víctor Rodríguez Núñez, Guide for Travelers


George Packer, A Little Explosion
Sarah Ruhl, At the Door of the Dead


Ahmed Ali, Baghdad, Damascus, Atlanta
Wayne Koestenbaum, Wayward Surmises 
Surveillance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Lonesome Cowboys 
Cynthia Ozick, Ghost Writers
Marie Ponsot, Inland Exiles
Francine Prose, Home Truths


Rabih Alameddine and Aleksandar Hemon, Changing the Subject
Péter Esterházy and Wayne Koestenbaum, The Story of the Story
Jeffrey Eugenides and Daniel Kehlmann, Narrative Heat
Ian McEwan and Steven Pinker, Shadow Lines
Nuruddin Farah, Elias Khoury, and Albert Mobilio, Taking Sides 

A Tribute to Chinua Achebe

Chris Abani, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ha Jin, Colum McCann