The 72-Hour Trial

Paralyzed? Unable to walk? Unable to have sex? Unable to work, run, play or swim? The papers became a blur, then I noticed it was from my tears.… More

Come Break Me Down

I try to envision hanging myself from a locker that is shorter than I am. It seems impossible even in my head, despite any amount of dedication. I decide… More

from A is for Addis

When I tell people about my impending trip, I try to avoid the word “Africa,” though I can’t explain why. I am struck by the timidity, the lack of… More

On Translating Matieu Caragiale

One of the central texts of Romanian literature, its singular, impossibly ornate Romanian weds so well to its decadent subject that asking the work to embrace English seems a… More

On Translating Zou Jingzhi

‘Nine Buildings’ works through what he [Zou] witnessed and suffered as a child and young man, all the while retaining his customary spare, elegant prose and detached vision. More

Murder is Murder

Murder is typically a desperate crime committed by desperate people who typically don’t think or care about the punishment options they might face if they are caught. More