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An Artist’s Guide to Herbs: Cloves by Harmony Holiday
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On resisting parasitic invasions—from the poisons in our soil, to toxic masculinity in the psyche.

An Homage to How Artists Inspire Artists: Courtney Maum Interviewed by Katharine Coldiron
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The author on writing about the swell before a war, factual inaccuracy as surrealism, and taking a jab at our own heedlessness.

A Secret Cut in History: Amanda Lee Koe Interviewed by Leah Dworkin
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The novelist on studying cinema in Singapore and how she came to imagine the queer love lives of Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong, and Leni Riefenstahl.

Chavisa Woods’s 100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
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Chavisa Woods tells a linear but fragmented personal story of growing up and coming of age in a misogynist culture

Arcana: A Stephen Jonas Reader by Ammiel Alcalay
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Long neglected poet Stephen Jonas created a complex web of self-mythologized identities to escape any form of categorization …

Walks to the Paradise Garden by J.W. McCormack
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In a 1988 interview for the LA Times, self-taught artist Reverend Howard Finster explained his creative predicament …

Writing That Daydream: Ayşegül Savaş Interviewed by Catherine Lacey
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The debut novelist on her literary influences, informal storytelling, and the imaginative possibilities of walking.

Love is Something We Inherit: Yanyi Interviewed by Sarah Sala
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The poet on the myth of total knowledge, resisting answers, and the anxiety of completion.

Comfort in Getting Lost: Elizabeth Geoghegan Interviewed by Allison Grimaldi-Donahue
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The writer on her new story collection about the lives of the displaced and the daily estrangements we all face.

From My Mother Laughs by Chantal Akerman
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“I preferred that others not be neglected but found the neglected gender suited me better than the not-neglected genders. I found my neglected gender to have a certain style. A style I like.”

A Haunting Political Argument: On João Gilberto Noll’s Lord by ​Ross McElwain
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“Any take [Noll] has on arguments dimly recognizable from contemporary thought will be an unusual one.”

A View of Vesuvius by Daniel Poppick

I entered my boss’s security code and pretended I was lifting a strain from a fugue.

from rose miniatures by Navid Sinaki

the call to prayer plays on a victrola. the vinyl sat so long on an ellington…

Three Poems by Timothy Donnelly

I dreamed of home invasion, and of a great celebrity / hidden inside a series of rooms, each hermetically / separated by glossy, voice-activated doors, each / bordered on both sides by facsimile rooms, identical

Settler/Unsettled by Oliver Baez Bendorf

My blood a prophet in a medieval castle with his people—been flogged in the streets / books burned / driven out of town by an angry / mob

The Genuine Alacrity of Things by Evelyn Hampton

He knows where a man’s heart is on display…

Hardening by Danielle Sosin

My mother sits on a coral reef, her gray hair undulating around her head, face blank, her eyes like a fish’s…

Bernard: A Character Study by Peter Orner
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They found my mother’s first cousin frozen in a rented cabin up in New Hampshire, not far from where he’d gone to prep school. A smart kid, Bernard enrolled at Harvard on a math scholarship in the fall of 1973.

The Horror Is What We Don’t Yet Know (and Maybe Never Will): Brian Evenson Interviewed by Rob Goyanes
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The writer on his new short story collection, creating realistic characters that don’t always change, and how fatherhood has impacted his relationship to language.

Exorcism, or Eating My Twin by Sam Cohen
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My twin and I met in the Midwestern college town where she lives, at a fan convention for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I was dressed as Faith, the bad slayer in black leather and burgundy lips.

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