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.
No. 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?
No. 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.
No. 01 • Antoine WilsonHungry from travel, we hit the hotel restaurant.
No. 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.”
No. 01 • Anna Deavere SmithHope Azeda is a beautiful woman.
No. 01 • Charles D’Ambrosio“This key isn’t working,” Ramage said.
No. 01 • Kelly Link“Dorothy Gale,” she said.
No. 01 • Matthea HarveyA child glanced up at her father and they named that Buttercup.
No. 01 • Katia KapovichMy CV would be incomplete without mention / of this Russian kid with the Down syndrome / whom I taught English.
No. 01 • Michael PalmerYou may wonder about the name of this city we are weaving through by tram, whatever city it is we are in.
No. 01 • Melissa MonroeThe whiz is dying. / Seems like no one's interested / in nailing a hide.
No. 01 • Jeremy GlazierHis brains was exceeding capricious, anxious / corpuscular
No. 01 • Michael MorseHere comes Thelonious weather, all elbows and knees
No. 01 • Eamon GrennanMight words like relish, savor, endure be a way to end the year?
No. 01 • Peter GizziIf today and today I am calling aloud / If I break into pieces of glitter on asphalt
No. 01 • Peter OrnerYou find yourself in Act II of Three Sisters.
No. 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.
No. 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).
No. 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.
No. 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.
No. 01 • Roland KeltsWell, we didn’t grow up to love who we are. We always wanted to become something else.
No. 01 • Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami on Salinger, The Great Gatsby, and Why American Readers Sometimes Miss the Point
No. 01 • Kazushige AbeWith this trip looming over him, it was only natural that he should feel anxious about oversleeping.
No. 01 • Justin SimonI mean, I never cared about prestige. I was much more concerned with making money.
No. 01 • Masaya Nakahara“Your play about the young aspiring boxer is getting glowing reviews, isn’t it? My sincere congratulations.”
No. 01 • Yoko OgawaSometimes I ask myself: How many swimming pools have I encountered throughout my life?
No. 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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