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John Giorno by Verne Dawson
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A pioneer of New York’s downtown scene in the ’60s and ’70s recalls how he found his vocation as a poet.

Amitav Ghosh and Curt Stager
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If novelists could tell the story of climate change, they might spark the action scientists are calling for in order to save the planet.

Piero by Gabriella De Ferrari

Where he grew up there were no museums, or art collections, or the possibility of being exposed to any form of art that was not reproduction. 

Pierre Guyotat by Noura Wedell
Pierre Guyotat

The French writer speaks to his translator about his latest autobiographical novel to appear in English. Titled In the Deep, it deals with the link between desire and his early literary output, as well as the effect of his Catholic upbringing and World War II on his imagination.

Ada Karczmarczyk by Harry J. Weil
American Girl Subway

Polish artist Karczmarczyk on desire in a post-Communist country, why the Catholic church needs modern art and being mistaken for Lady Gaga.

Tom Murphy by Colm Tóibín
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“All art aspires toward music, so I try, as far as I can, to make a symphony out of the language.”

New, Age: Linda Montano by Eliza Swann
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Blessed be Catholic performance artist Linda Montano and her life/art. Amen.

We Have a Pope by Nicholas Elliott
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A Pope-to-be gives the “No thanks” to the Vatican. Where’s Skywalker when you need him?

Sebastián Silva by Christian Viveros-Fauné
The Maid

Sebastián Silva’s highly realistic films are also thrillers. Set in Chile and performed by ensemble casts who replicate their counterparts in life with stunning veracity, his latest film, Old Cats, opens in New York this spring.

Evelio Rosero (in Spanish) by Antonio Ungar

I had to force myself to transfer my real fear, my sporadic terror as a citizen, to the pages of a book, as a rebellion.

Forgotten We Shall Be by Héctor Abad Faciolince

This First Proof contains an excerpt from Forgotten We Shall Be by Héctor Abad Faciolince, translated by Anne McLean.

Evelio Rosero by Antonio Ungar
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“I had to force myself to transfer my real fear, my sporadic terror as a citizen, to the pages of a book, as a rebellion.”

Salvador Plascencia by Max Benavidez
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“Sometimes you’re lucky and, on first dig, you hit the underground stream and the flow pours out and you get a novel out of it. But other times you’re just digging hole after hole and you’re not finding anything—just heaps of dry dirt.”

Sanctuary by Neil Bissoondath

He forced his gaze past his own reflection in the plate-glass window of the restaurant, past the inverted letters announcing Thai, Cambodian, and Vietnamese cuisine, to the night beyond. 

Petah Coyne by Lynne Tillman
The Duration of Hell by Jorge Luis Borges

Hell has become, over the years, a wearisome speculatio

Field Trips by Stuart Dybek

We took two field trips in grade school. The first was a tour of the Bridewell House of Corrections and the Cook County Jail.

Carlo Ginzburg by Archie Rand
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Renowned for his work on the witchcraft trials of the Inquisition, Italian historian Carlo Ginzburg shifted centuries to document a trajectory of crime, repentance and conspiracy that extends back 30 years.

Martin McDonagh by Fintan O'Toole
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Fairy tales do come true if playwright Martin McDonagh’s meteoric rise in London, with four productions staged in the same season, is any indication. His plays are Irish tales told with all the violence, humor and magic of a banshee.

A Visit With God: Luis Barragan’s Chapel at the Convent in Talplan Mexico by Carlos Brillembourg
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From the street, only a wall is visible, flanked by anonymous windows and a large wooden door. We press the doorbell and a young boy answers. We explain that Mother Delecta is waiting for us to assist the seven o’clock mass today—All Souls Day.

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