The Chain

When the guard takes his seat, the bus begins its journey, pulling out onto a road that will quickly take it to the main highway. The internal lights go… More

Freedom Begins at Home

The U.S. government remains leery of having the lens of global scrutiny over human rights practices trained on its own conduct. While the State Department's report on country performance… More

Beauty and Truth

Long before I became a writer, I knew one day I would tell the story of my family during the Khmer Rouge regime. Even in the midst of that… More

PEN Members Reading at WORD Bookstore

New and longtime members Jonathan Dee, Jennifer Gilmore, Ben Greenman, Leigh Newman, and Joan Silber read from their recent works, including once piece composed entirely of book blurbs. More

Dignity of Lentil Soup

Michele Zackheim's profile on Russian writer and activist Stanislav Dmitrievsky, whose book may soon be banned by authorities. If found to be "extremist" in nature, Dmitrievsky himself will be… More

Snail’s House

The formative experience of reading cannot be ignored. We are not just the product of a family or of a society, of a religion or of an ethnicity, of… More