The Debut Issue! Marilynne Robinson's argument for fiction; Charles D'Ambrosio's dead fish museum; Kelly Link's origin story; Lucy Raven digs a hole to China; Antoine Wilson eavesdrops; Ian Chillag on the Buffalo Creek flood; John Haskell on Bertolt Brecht; Peter Orner on Anton Chekhov; poems by Peter Gizzi, Katia Kapovich, Melissa Monroe, and others; Japan: America Inverted, a Focus portfolio; and introducing Tim O'Sullivan.
Issue 01 • Brigid HughesOver the course of the past year, the recurring debate over the value of fiction seems to have intensified. Why do we read it? Why do we write it? Does it still matter?
Issue 01 • Ian ChillagChances are, if you lived in southern West Virginia in the middle of the twentieth century, my grandfather had his hands on you, either on your way in or your way out.
Issue 01 • Antoine WilsonHungry from travel, we hit the hotel restaurant.
Issue 01 • Anna Deavere SmithHope Azeda is a beautiful woman.
Issue 01 • Rick Moody“Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible.”
Issue 01 • Charles D’Ambrosio“This key isn’t working,” Ramage said.
Issue 01 • Kelly Link“Dorothy Gale,” she said.
Issue 01 • Matthea HarveyA child glanced up at her father and they named that Buttercup.
Issue 01 • Katia KapovichMy CV would be incomplete without mention / of this Russian kid with the Down syndrome / whom I taught English.
Issue 01 • Michael PalmerYou may wonder about the name of this city we are weaving through by tram, whatever city it is we are in.
Issue 01 • Melissa MonroeThe whiz is dying. / Seems like no one's interested / in nailing a hide.
Issue 01 • Jeremy GlazierHis brains was exceeding capricious, anxious / corpuscular
Issue 01 • Michael MorseHere comes Thelonious weather, all elbows and knees
Issue 01 • Eamon GrennanMight words like relish, savor, endure be a way to end the year?
Issue 01 • Peter GizziIf today and today I am calling aloud / If I break into pieces of glitter on asphalt
Issue 01 • Peter OrnerYou find yourself in Act II of Three Sisters.
Issue 01 • John HaskellThe Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht was first performed in 1947 at a theater on La Cienega Boulevard, and Charles Laughton played the role of the famous scientist.
Issue 01 • Lucy RavenA closer look at one of the two manmade locations on earth astronauts can see from the moon (and a few things it has to do with the other).
Issue 01 • Tim O’SullivanYou haven’t been invited inside that house for three years because Sarah—and she mentions this often to Edgar—doesn’t like the way you look at their girls.
Issue 01 • Roland KeltsIn the early eighties, my Japanese grandfather, a poet named Ikuro Saeki, sent me an LP by a Japanese trio called The Yellow Magic Orchestra.
Issue 01 • Roland KeltsWell, we didn’t grow up to love who we are. We always wanted to become something else.
Issue 01 • Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami on Salinger, The Great Gatsby, and Why American Readers Sometimes Miss the Point
Issue 01 • Kazushige AbeWith this trip looming over him, it was only natural that he should feel anxious about oversleeping.
Issue 01 • Justin SimonI mean, I never cared about prestige. I was much more concerned with making money.
Issue 01 • Masaya Nakahara“Your play about the young aspiring boxer is getting glowing reviews, isn’t it? My sincere congratulations.”
Issue 01 • Yoko OgawaSometimes I ask myself: How many swimming pools have I encountered throughout my life?
Issue 01 • Marilynne RobinsonWe know that humankind has sat around its fires from time immemorial and told its tales, and told them again, elaborating and refining.
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