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God by Ben Loory
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Once there was a man who was tired of breathing. It’s just such a drag, he said. So he decided to stop, but found that he couldn’t—the air just kept going in and out.

Expanding the Canon: Jonathan Creasy Interviewed by Victoria Nebolsin
Black Mountain Poems

A new look at the Black Mountain poets.

Textures of Personhood: Lisa Robertson Interviewed by Allison Grimaldi-Donahue
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The writer on her new novel, why style is political, and the kinds of subjectivity we experience.

Farthest South by Ethan Rutherford
Farthest South

A post-apocalyptic story about a sea captain who parents alongside a penguin at the arctic center.

One Poem by Suzanne Richardson
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I cannot feel my cat’s fur / with my left hand. / Of course / I also cannot feel / my children. with my left / hand. Their throats. I cannot / feel my own body, the soft / candle wax of it. I cannot go where / I used to.

Issue #150: Cathy Park Hong by Ken Chen
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The poet’s new collection of essays, Minor Feelings, threads intense friendships, “bad” English, and standup comedy into a meditation on the Asian-American experience.

Desire for a Re-enchanted World by J.T. Price
High Weirdness

On Erik Davis’s High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies

Three Poems by Ariel Yelen
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My second job was waiting in a window / behind the window of the job I was on // the clock for. My third job was scheduled / for that evening, but not yet // confirmed. My fourth freelance job wasn’t active / per se, but I was actively // pursuing clients.

Looking Back: BOMB on the Past Decade in Literature
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With contributions from Ottessa Moshfegh, Carl Phillips, Lidia Yuknavitch, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, and more.

Invention and Subversion: A Conversation by Kali Fajardo-Anstine & Tommy Pico
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The writers on indigenous ancestry, playing with language, and maintaining public personas.

One Poem by Jon Ruseski
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Maybe // There is // A genealogy of suffering // How // This morning // I read // Minimalism is the aesthetic code of gentrification // Really I want to say // Make less art

Kirsten Grimstad and Susan Rennie’s The New Woman’s Survival Catalog: A Woman-made Book by Carmen Hermo
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On the 1973 feminist publication that gathered collective and self-help resources into one big, beautiful book.

Terms of Exchange: Caroline Bergvall Interviewed by Greg Nissan
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The writer on using Chaucer’s Middle English to channel transgressive figures, rethink gender, and experience the pleasures of language.

Elaine Kahn’s Romance or The End by Rob Goyanes
Romance Or The End

All loves—and all selves—are fictions. Though that doesn’t mean they aren’t true.

Glenn O’Brien’s Intelligence for Dummies by Jeremy Sigler
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A variety of texts by a writer who fancied himself a power broker.

Their Own Pantheon: Sean Bonney Interviewed by Jeffrey Grunthaner
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The late poet on his artistic influences, leftist politics, and reading to anarcho-punks.

Two Poems by Sarah Sala
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A public cafeteria, the ghost of my heart gorges herself on spent ammunition // The Orlando medical examiner processed each of the 49 Pulse victims apart from the gunman. / Even amid gravitational collapse, surviving atoms couldn’t reanimate with him.

Fiction as Revelation: Chigozie Obioma Interviewed by Xavier Navarro Aquino
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The Man Booker finalist on telling a story from the perspective of a spirit and writing to expose historical truths.

The Misadventures of Nuns by Tobias Carroll
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On Sylvia Townsend Warner’s The Corner That Held Them, a witty and subversive novel about life in a fourteenth century convent.

Not Your Well-Behaved Good Gay: Sara Quin Interviewed by Sarah Neilson
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The writer and musician on queer representation, empathy for our younger selves, and music for our feelings.

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