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Feeling Changed: Rita Bullwinkel Interviewed by Lincoln Michel
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“I love titles that sound good in the mouth.”

The Limits of Sympathy: On Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room by Daniel Pearce
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What literature can (and can’t) tell us about America’s criminal justice system.

Digging Beneath the Polite Veneer: Eileen Pollack Interviewed by Taylor Larsen
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The writer discusses growing up in the Borscht Belt, the prevalence of literary humor, and the power of feminist punch lines.

From This Side and from That Side by Gabriela Wiener
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We are street people. Nomadic by nature. We are the grandchildren of poor, adventurous strangers. Our living radicalizes their legacy.

A World Without the Present: on Yoko Tawada’s The Emissary by J.W. McCormack
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The novelist’s latest imagines an apocalypse that feels all too likely.

Three Poems by Rachel Alexandra Kass
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Lying on the couch all day glass of water a highly disgusting smoothie four coloring books, / a myriad of psychiatric and “anti-inflammatory” medication / anti-inflammatory Jewish history books / anti-inflammatory pretzel sticks / anti-inflammatory medicinal cannabis 

“What Hovers Beyond Language”: Jennifer Natalya Fink Interviewed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
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Sex as ecstasy and trap.

A Taxonomy of Refusal: On Anne Boyer’s A Handbook of Disappointed Fate by Julia Bosson
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Essays that investigate the poetics of “no.”

Introductions by Kate Zambreno
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A collaboration between B. Ingrid Olson and Kate Zambreno.

Lifting Reality onto a Pedestal: Rodrigo Fresán Interviewed by Fran G. Matute
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The celebrated Argentine novelist on writing about writers, avoiding labels, and why critics shouldn’t write fiction.

Two Things at Once: On Harry Mathews’ The Solitary Twin by J.W. McCormack
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The pleasures of literary play in the writer’s final novel.

Two Poems by Yumi Dineen Shiroma
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You are magnetic in the old way. / For Duchamp, the neutrality of objects / You stand in a room of your own design. / becomes a sort of anti-aesthetic

Narrative Gravity: Mikkel Rosengaard Interviewed by Raluca Albu
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The Invention of Ana novelist on the manipulations of narrative, being submerged by fiction, and the protagonist as STD.

Mundanity and Insanity: on Joy Williams’s The Changeling by Lincoln Michel
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Rediscovering a beguiling masterpiece forty years after its publication.

Darkness and Light: Dan Sheehan Interviewed by Sara Nović
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The Restless Souls novelist on reading his reviews, working as a medical equipment tester, and writing responsibly about war and trauma. 

Remainders by Valerie Werder

When she told N she was leaving, his response was that doing so would ruin him—financially. 

Fleeced by Joanna Goldberg

It was nearly winter, according to the sun and shadows and temperature’s plummet, when the poor girl lost her job at a greenhouse for the misdemeanor of pocketing rare plants. 

Embouchure, 1970 by Dylan Landis

“Nothing you will see tonight is normal,” said Elihu’s mother. It was the first exciting thing she’d ever said. 

Messenger by Simone White

PREPARE no night creature accidental enemy / encounters return to us in witch cradles, monsters by a hairsbreadth / these our works melted no / accident these fires these crashes / capitulate to what is meant by the past as a whole / melt, fall back into accomplishment the grasp of who / prepares to give the message     

As for Langston Hughes by Terrance Hayes
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On more than one occasion I have been accused of disliking Langston Hughes. Untrue.

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