Literature

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Marjani Forte
Nov 15-19


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Gloss by Leah Dworkin
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I say something about the time and he replies, “I cannot sleep in this lifeless room, I can’t, I can’t. I won’t. You can’t make me.”

Three Poems by Cynthia Cruz
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In the letter never sent, / the one constructed / entirely from photographs, / Polaroids of moments, or / elements I have been / attempting to suppress.

Cellular Portals: A Conversation with Ursula Andkjær Olsen by Morten Høi Jensen
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The Danish poet on corporeal poetics, pregnancy, and the influence of classical music.

Ghosts of History: An Interview with Jesmyn Ward by Louis Elliott
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Congratulations to Ward on winning the 2017 National Book Award for Sing, Unburied, Sing.

Sacred Folly: on Romain Gary’s The Kites and Promise at Dawn by J.W. McCormack
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A rediscovered novel and memoir depict a character we are lucky to have on the page. In life he would mortify us.

Uplift, Clothing Optional: An Interview with Novelist D. Foy by J.T. Price
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“To credibly present ecstasy, pure ecstasy, is incredibly difficult. Once upon a time this wasn’t the case. This is what capitalism has done to us all—rendered earnestness—a thing of suspicion and contempt.”

Greed, Italian Style: on Nicola Lagioia’s Ferocity by Kristen Martin
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Corruption, capitalism, and death in Puglia.

Conversation Smudging: Sophie Seita on Translating Uljana Wolf by Zoe Brezsny
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“The book can draw in different audiences without catering to them. There’s a kind of rigorous hospitality, an aperture for dialogue.”

Productive Creativity: On Janina Wellmann’s The Form of Becoming: Embryology and the Epistemology of Rhythm, 1760–1830 by Catherine Despont
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Exploring the lost connection between aesthetics and science.

Three Poems by Safia Jama
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It was a long period of peace, prosperity, refined sensibilities and national self-confidence. And crumpets.

Teju Cole’s Blind Spot by Claire Lehmann
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Following loosely in the tradition of the book-length photo-essay yoking images to text in a documentary mode, Cole has gently torqued this form.

Mumbai by Kristen Gleason
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When he could no longer stand her chatter—in France I made myself a dress of leaves stitched together with stems and I wore it by that river, the big one, the sludge, and that’s how I met many interesting boyfriends from the National Geographic Magazine—he left Nancy on the hotel roof with the chef from Mumbai.

Baby, They Call It Vermilion by Annie Dewitt
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The first thing my Godsent said when I came through the door was, “I think I have this damn thing on backwards.”

Writing Anti-Stories: an Interview with Roberta Allen by John Zinsser
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“When we really like a book, it’s often because its rhythm is similar to our own—to our heartbeat, our breathing, the way we walk. I think that’s what draws us to certain writers and not to others even though we know they are great.”

Paul Kingsnorth’s Beast by Tyler Curtis
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The Wake—Paul Kingsnorth’s 2014 debut novel, which chronicles the life of an Anglo-Saxon during the Norman Conquest—has since gained a disturbing resonance with the recent surge and codification of nationalism that is Brexit.

One Poem by Max Ritvo
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I remember your torso locked in a twill shell. / I remember the same rotating body bare. / Is my sadness ever any different?

Mathieu Lindon’s Learning What Love Means by Andrew Durbin
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It is both a memoir of Lindon’s literary friendships and a treatise on survival, a tribute to the friends whose care and love, in Lindon’s words, saved his life, even as they were themselves lost.

Supermán by Achy Obejas
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They say that, for the longest time, Enrique didn’t know he was a superman. What he understood was that men liked his dick.

New York Diary by Édouard Louis
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The French writer Édouard Louis recorded his days in New York, around the time of the American release of his novel The End of Eddy. The following entries originally appeared in French in the June 6, 2017, edition of Les Inrockuptibles.

Two Poems by Sarah V. Schweig
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A boy is burying his sister.
They are playing at being dead.
(I cannot forget Breakneck Ridge.)

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