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Te-Ping Chen on the Nihilism of the Internet

In “Lulu,” your story in this week’s issue, a young Chinese man watches his twin sister become increasingly involved in dissident activism—her actions seem to leave him at a loss. Was there a specific idea behind the decision to narrate…

Colson Whitehead on Human Cruelty

“The Match” is adapted from your novel “The Nickel Boys,” which will be published this summer and was inspired by the true story of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, in Marianna, Florida. Can you tell us a bit about that place and…

Sally Rooney on Being Seen by Others

Your story in this week’s issue, “Color and Light,” follows Aidan, a young man who works at a seaside hotel, as he meets Pauline, a sophisticated woman who is mostly a mystery to him. How were you thinking about the excitement of the…
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