Margaret Atwood's 30-year-old novel sheds a dark light on today's attacks against women from how rape cases are handled to allegations against Planned Parenthood.
With so much focused on the time between the opening ceremony and the podium, how could becoming a regular person again feel like anything but failure?
Rarely is sexism considered to be a menace akin to that of sectarianism in Pakistan. It's even rarer that the omission of the country's most marginalized from their place within classrooms and within textbooks is called into question. In her book, The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan, Rafia Zakaria does both.
Jennifer Clement's latest novel, Prayers for the Stolen, maps the landscape of violence wrought on the people of Guerrero, Mexico by the drug wars and traces the story of some of its "stolen." THE ALIGNIST spoke with Clement about her response to the disappearance of 43 teaching students from the state last year and asked her how her work came to be one of social protest.