No. 29

In these times of fragments and fragmented times, what are the shapes of our comfort. Built and imagined. What gives boundaries and connection, healing and shelter, familiar pathways and points of rebellion.

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Jane Bowles

"The novel—a rare American existentialist fiction by a woman writer—tells the stories of Mrs. Copperfield and Miss Goering, two women seeking to live authentically and to find happiness." Claire Messud hosts an #APStogether reading of Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles, beginning December 3. Join us.

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Public Spaces

As we start a new season, still isolated from the wider world, a selection of pieces from the magazine's archive that take us out into the city—and celebrate moments of serendipity and the possibilities of the chance encounter. With work from Mindy Fullilove, Robert Sullivan, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, and others.



A new series of free virtual book clubs, hosted by Garth Greenwell, Elizabeth McCracken, Claire Messud, Ayana Mathis, Carl Phillips, Ilya Kaminsky, Ed Park, Elliott Holt, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Aimee Bender, and others.

Communicating Vessels
Friederike Mayröcker Communicating Vessels
Mark Hage Capital
Bette Howland, introduction by Yiyun Li W-3

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