Jess Row on Your Face or Mine in Guernica

Grace Bello interviews Jess Row for Guernica about Your Face or Mine (Riverhead, 2014) and the race controversy the novel courts. 

Meghan O'Rourke

From What's Wrong With Me? The Mysteries of Chronic Illness: 

George Packer

From Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century:

Jay Kirk

From Avoid the Day:

Michael Brenson

From David Smith and the Transformation of American Sculpture: 

Seth Kantner

From A Thousand Trails Home: 

Philip Gourevitch

From You Hide That You Hate Me And I Hide That I Know: 

Calixte said it was still too soon for him to trust even the friendliest, most innocent of his childhood neighbors — the people, he said, “who did nothing against us and, when there were killings, used to come and help us bury bodies.” He said, “They act like they love us, but I can’t tell.”

Julie Phillips

From The Baby on the Fire Escape: 

Pacifique Irankunda

From The Times of Stories

There was a time when silence reigned all over my village. Rivers were loud, but their rhythmic sounds were part of the silence. People worked in their fields with hoes. There were no cars, no factories. I imagine that to Westerners that time and place would have resembled the Stone Age. Planes flew over the village, but never more than once a week.

Sarah Elizabeth Ruden

From The Confessions of Augustine

Everything most enticing to Augustine’s intellect is stacked on the altar, less as a combustible sacrifice than as a bundle of fireworks: the way the mind works, the very memory he relies on to write this very autobiography; time, that powerful and mysterious entity seemingly both inside and outside himself; and reading and interpreting, those psychologically fascinating, ultra-prestigious, defining acts of a Roman gentleman.