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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.

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Feature

Letter from the Editor

No. 01 Brigid Hughes

Over 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?
If You See Something

Gob Damned

No. 01 Ian Chillag

Chances 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.
If You See Something

In Boca

No. 01 Antoine Wilson

Hungry from travel, we hit the hotel restaurant.
If You See Something

Inspired by a True Story

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.”
If You See Something

And the Women Are Tutsi

No. 01 Anna Deavere Smith

Hope Azeda is a beautiful woman.
Fiction

The Dead Fish Museum

No. 01 Charles D’Ambrosio

“This key isn’t working,” Ramage said.
Fiction
Public Access

Origin Story

No. 01 Kelly Link

“Dorothy Gale,” she said.
Poetry

Two Poems

No. 01 Matthea Harvey

A child glanced up at her father and they named that Buttercup.
Poetry

Tutor

No. 01 Katia Kapovich

My CV would be incomplete without mention / of this Russian kid with the Down syndrome / whom I taught English.
Poetry
Public Access

Two Poems

No. 01 Michael Palmer

You may wonder about the name of this city we are weaving through by tram, whatever city it is we are in.
Poetry

Two Poems

No. 01 Melissa Monroe

The whiz is dying. / Seems like no one's interested / in nailing a hide.
Poetry

Two Poems

No. 01 Jeremy Glazier

His brains was exceeding capricious, anxious / corpuscular
Poetry

Two Poems

No. 01 Michael Morse

Here comes Thelonious weather, all elbows and knees
Poetry

Three Poems

No. 01 Eamon Grennan

Might words like relish, savor, endure be a way to end the year?
Poetry

A Panic that Can Still Come Upon Me

No. 01 Peter Gizzi

If today and today I am calling aloud / If I break into pieces of glitter on asphalt
Fiction

No Light

No. 01 Peter Orner

You find yourself in Act II of Three Sisters.
Fiction

Galileo

No. 01 John Haskell

The 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.
Art

An Illustrated Guide to Copper Extraction

No. 01 Lucy Raven

A 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).
Fiction

Family Friend

No. 01 Tim O’Sullivan

You 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.
Focus

Focus: Japan—America Inverted

No. 01 Roland Kelts

In the early eighties, my Japanese grandfather, a poet named Ikuro Saeki, sent me an LP by a Japanese trio called The Yellow Magic Orchestra.
Focus

Look, Here’s America: Part One

No. 01 Roland Kelts

Well, we didn’t grow up to love who we are. We always wanted to become something else.
Focus

Look, Here’s America: Part Two

No. 01 Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami on Salinger, The Great Gatsby, and Why American Readers Sometimes Miss the Point
Focus

The Maiden in the Manger

No. 01 Kazushige Abe

With this trip looming over him, it was only natural that he should feel anxious about oversleeping.
Focus

Masaya Nakahara: Interview

No. 01 Justin Simon

I mean, I never cared about prestige. I was much more concerned with making money.
Focus

Bloody Self-Portrait of a Beast

No. 01 Masaya Nakahara

“Your play about the young aspiring boxer is getting glowing reviews, isn’t it? My sincere congratulations.”
Focus

Backstroke

No. 01 Yoko Ogawa

Sometimes I ask myself: How many swimming pools have I encountered throughout my life?
Feature

You Need Not Doubt What I Say Because It Is Not True

No. 01 Marilynne Robinson

We 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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