No. 10

The Chinese Chekhov: the letters of Shen Congwen; Yiyun Li on kindness; Tim O'Sullivan's Father Olufemi; Mary-Beth Hughes's widow of Combarelles; Samanta Schweblin's brother Walter; David Potter's Dr. Kreutzer; Lawrence Weschler on Alec Soth's Las Vegas birthday party; Jenny Davidson, Graham Foust, Paul Glimcher, and Amy Leach on tomorrow; and poems by Cynthia Lowen, Jennifer Moxley, Ed Roberson, John Yau, and more.

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If You See Something

All Came to an End

No. 10 Grant Wood

In 1931, in the throes of the Great Depression, Grant Wood made a chronological list of thirteen prior economic depressions, beginning with 1819.
If You See Something

To the New Year

No. 10 Graham Foust

Comes upon and at me / does your gone-tinged promise.
If You See Something

Donkey Derby

No. 10 Amy Leach

Usually all we have to do when we go a-conquering is to build a boat, find a benefactress, recruit a ribald crew, and wear radiant glinting helmets.
If You See Something

Rachet Rachet Rachet

No. 10 Jenny Davidson

I’m sure I’ll take you with pleasure!” the Queen said.
If You See Something

Whose Fault Is It?

No. 10 Paul Glimcher

Since the time of Descartes, Westerners have seen their core identity as a feature that stands apart from the physical world.
Fiction
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The Woman Who Lived in the House

No. 10 Salvatore Scibona

He learned of Sergei’s arrest and imprisonment when a waiter switched the television to CNN.
Fiction

Father Olufemi

No. 10 Tim O’Sullivan

There seemed to be a fellow feeling between the priest and bus driver, each too slight for his uniform.
Fiction

My Brother Walter

No. 10 Samanta Schweblin

My brother Walter is depressed.
Art

Las Vegas Birthday Book

No. 10 Alec Soth

My wife took me to Las Vegas to celebrate my fortieth birthday.
Feature

On Alec Soth’s Las Vegas Birthday Book

No. 10 Lawrence Weschler

Alec Soth’s spare volume of documentation culminates in that deliciously inspired last-minute stab at monetary redemption.
Fiction

The Widow of Combarelles

No. 10 Mary-Beth Hughes

Patty promised her old friend Coren she had the very best cure for heartache: the shrewd and pitiless French.
Fiction

Dr. Kreutzer

No. 10 David Potter

At night, alone in the greenhouse, Dr. Kreutzer listens to Bach.
Poetry

Think Your Way Out of the Rain

No. 10 Matthew Rohrer

I got to meet my heroes / and have dinner with them
Poetry

Two Poems

No. 10 Giampiero Neri

In that part of the field / near the woodpile / had arisen an indistinct figure, / like a deeper blotch / in the evening darkness, / a seeming dog flying over the roofs.
Poetry
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Parable of the Children

No. 10 Cynthia Lowen

If it is better to be feared / than loved, best of all / pitied—obeyed not out of threat / but an understanding / the inability to harm / makes benevolence / a moot point.
Poetry

Bidwell Park

No. 10 D.A. Powell

When the previously withheld faces grew tough as flax / or softened into pliant pine in the umber wood, inclined / together, numerous, when the cobble crushed underfoot, / and pistachios cracked in their shells, grown heavy, / grown consummate among the nibs of leaves, then curious / seemed the stars, those nether eyes which scrutinized / each shape that stirred against the unlit trunks of trees.
Poetry

Psalm Made of Silk

No. 10 Christopher Janke

The psalm is a door / that tears me.
Poetry

Staying

No. 10 Stephen Dunn

No more the lovely ease of it all, / and many years removed / from those languorous afternoons / where, together, they seemed / to create their own air
Poetry

Going in Circles

No. 10 W.S. Di Piero

Here’s a George Raft rat speeding above the subway’s sacred hot rail
Poetry

Two Poems

No. 10 John Yau

Behind the hill / overlooking our tiny enclave / dwells a giant known far and wide
Poetry

Two Trees

No. 10 Eamon Grennan

Wintering Beech / Tabernacle of green light green shade, summer space / of beechen green and shadows numberless, / that’s now but a bony show of itself, all its / ornaments and nest-hiding glad rags / wind-torn and let go where silence opens / its stony arms.
Poetry

Each Gets So Shamefully Little

No. 10 Mary Crow

Each gets so shamefully little, only half a face, honed to a fine point, like swallow shadows dipping after mosquitoes
Poetry

Not That, Disappointment

No. 10 Jennifer Moxley

I am inappropriate I feel it / in every said thing in every / enthusiasm desire wish / but mostly in every / unsettling ambition
Poetry
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Moon Jar, Century Unclear

No. 10 Ed Roberson

Part of the pearlescent surface is gone / from the glass back to sand
Poetry

Two Poems

No. 10 James Schuyler

The turrets, self-conscious and vulgar, / the doors, so functional, / the tinted windows, lovely and perhaps unreasonable.
Fiction
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Kindness

No. 10 Yiyun Li

I am a forty-one-year-old woman living by myself, in the same one-bedroom flat where I have always lived, in a derelict building on the outskirts of Beijing that is threatened to be demolished by government-backed real estate developers.
Feature

An Irrelevant Writer: Yiyun Li Introduces Shen Congwen

No. 10 Shen Congwen

Great books are never abandoners—they don’t betray us; they don’t turn away from our candid admiration or criticism; they don’t die.
Feature

Letter to the Editor

No. 10

The “historic” novel is, for me, condemned even in cases of labour as delicate as yours, to a fatal cheapness, for the simple reason that the difficulty of the job is inordinate and that a mere escamotage, in the interest of ease, and of the abysmal public naiveté becomes inevitable.
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