Essays

Toni Morrison, 2008

Aliens and fences

The ‘why’ of American racism

  • THE ORIGIN OF OTHERS

    Toni Morrison

Essays

Philip Roth in his apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan

Lessons of the master

Philip Roth, successor to Henry James

  • WHY WRITE?

    Philip Roth

Essays

Adam Gopnik and Martha Parker, 1981

Ego and libido

A writer’s struggle to get the best words in their best order

  • AT THE STRANGER’S GATE

    Adam Gopnik

Essays

Dry toast forever

Dry toast forever

Being elegiac about the essay

  • ESSAYISM

    Brian Dillon

Essays

Marilynne Robinson

Ethics of sickness

Learning how to live well

  • WISDOM WON FROM ILLNESS

    Jonathan Lear

Essays

Black Lives Matter protests at the Toronto Pride Parade, 2016

Check your privilege

Bernardine Evaristo on a provocative argument about race relations

  • WHY I’M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE

    Reni Eddo-Lodge

Essays

Topsy-Turvy or double headed doll, 1935–40

Flags in still air

Some ‘idealistic, indignant, impudent’ writing about race in America

  • NOTES FROM NO MAN’S LAND

    Eula Biss

Essays

A Remington Silent typewriter destroyed in the Blitz, by Lee Miller

Reading of reading

An essayist’s belief that ‘geometry is everything’

  • TYPEWRITERS, BOMBS, JELLYFISH

    Tom McCarthy