Leeron Hoory is a writer based in New York City with a focus in arts and culture.
Six Books that Explore the Reality of Undocumented Immigrants in the US
What is the reality of living in the U.S. as an undocumented person? These questions are often shadowed by discourse about public policy and political ideology. These six books address these questions and others.
This Is How We Do It: Matt Lamothe on His Book for Children from 7 Corners of the World
An interview with designer, illustrator, and author Matt Lamothe who documented a day in the life of seven children around the world in This Is How We Do It.
Stumbling up the Social Ladder in Diksha Basu’s Novel, The Windfall
"Making it" in modern India is the subject of Diksha Basu's debut novel, The Windfall. With humor and affection for her characters, Basu describes the Jha family's ascent, and the consequences of being rich.
Interview: Kate Evans on her New Graphic Novel, Threads From The Refugee Crisis
Activist and cartoonist Kate Evans recorded life in Calais' Jungle, in her new graphic novel, Threads From The Refugee Crisis, a slice of a particular moment in a much bigger picture that is the urgency of the migrant crisis.
Korean Cartoon Artist Yeon-Sik Hong Searches for Comfort Outside Of Seoul in "Uncomfortably Happily"
Korean cartoonist Yeon-Sik Hong writes about his move with his wife to a small house on a mountain, to escape the noise pollution and high cost of Seoul. But existential questions persist. Hong paints an intimate portrait of his relationship, and the couple's concerns about artistic success, stability, making ends meet and their adaptation to their new surroundings. "Uncomfortably Happily" is translated by American cartoonist Hellen Jo.
Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli Reframes The US's Broken Immigration System
The subject of Valeria Luiselli's book, "Tell Me How it Ends: an Essay in 40 Questions" might feel particularly relevant in the face of President Donald Trump’s increased deportations, and frequent attacks on immigrants and sanctuary cities. But it also shows that while the immigration system may have reentered the public spotlight with Trump’s election, it had been broken long before.
The Tale Behind the Yarn in Christian Salmon's "Storytelling: Bewitching the Modern Mind"
Christian Salmon describes how storytelling became a marketing tool for PR firms, dominating politics and business in the US and elsewhere in the West.