April 9, 2017

The American publishing industry suffers from something that I like to call metropolitan provincialism; that is, the belief only in things that are “of value.” In other words, all that needs to be known is already known or will be soon known. 

Archibald MacLeish Courtesy of Amherst College Archives

April 11, 2017

In May 1965, Amherst College student Tom Fels ’67 interviewed three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Archibald MacLeish. The below interview, conducted at MacLeish’s home in Conway, Mass., is adapted from their conversation, a portion of which originally appeared in the town newspaper the Amherst Record.

March 6, 2017

Clare Beams’s story collection We Show What We Have Learned was published by Lookout Books in October 2016, and is currently a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Hilary Leichter spoke with Beams about her story “The Drop,” appearing in Issue 12 of The Common

Cathy Linh Che

January 13, 2017

Melody Nixon talks with Che about a very concrete crossing of space: Che's recent move from New York City to the west coast. 


December 4, 2016

I have a word I’m trying to coin for those technologists and it’s try-borg. They’re trying, really trying, to create cyborg devices but they can never do it better than the actual disabled person who is wearing, or early-adopting the device. Try-borg.

November 28, 2016

Fatou Keita has written 25 books for children and two novels, including Rebelle (Rebel), about a young West African woman who escapes genital excision, which remains common, despite efforts to eradicate the practice.

November 14, 2016

Powell and S. Tremaine Nelson met over lunch at the New Moon Café in Burlington, Vermont. As two former New Yorkers, they spoke about the differences between New York City and Burlington, as well as the subtle, but crucial, distinctions between Vermont and the rest of New England. 

October 4, 2016

I think that we don’t have enough opportunities to participate in intimacy. There’s this idea that intimacy happens inside, and outside you have a different self. And by intimacy I don’t mean displays of affection, I mean real exchange.

August 9, 2016

I see a smudge on the wall in my office and I think, “what if that's a handprint?”

Headshot of Angela Palm by Greg Perez Studio

June 5, 2016

I really loved that place, and I considered it my education—not only of people and work, but of the world.


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