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Let People Be Who They Are: Sam Pink by Leah Schnelbach
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On writing without moral objectives, Florida’s thunderstorms, and jobs both terrible and sublime. 

Two Poems by Anna Morrison
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If you can’t stand the first person, / get out of the kitchen. / Similar but escalating sleights of hand: / he wants to eat both the girl and the food in her basket. / She is past specialness, / doubling the likelihood.  In such young women, / traumas curl / till Christmas ribbon. The greatest predictor of red / is oxygen.

Real Worlds and Dream Worlds: Amy Fusselman by Matvei Yankelevich
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The writer on the space between poetry and prose, how fighting is like dancing, and the resonant symbolism of the idiophone.

Dr. Nakamura by Barry Yourgrau
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I get a part in a movie. I act every once in a while, small bits in small films whenever I know the producer or the director. This time it’s the director.       

Living with Contradiction: On Weight of the Earth, David Wojnarowicz’s Tape Journals by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
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The real-time making of an artist.

Four Poems by Maggie Nelson
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I planned to write a book about / the color blue. Now I’m suddenly surrounded / by green, green gagging me / pleasurably, green holding onto my hips / from behind, digging into / the cleft, the cleft // that can be made.

Ninety-Nine Footnotes: On Dag Solstad’s Armand V by Bradley Babendir
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An anti-novel about the value of the unseen, unknown, and unwritten.

An Artist’s Guide to Herbs: Black Seed by Harmony Holiday
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With Nigella Sativa, we arrive at midnight together, to the intimacy that can come from mass hysteria. 

First Impressions by Tom Comitta
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This piece consists entirely of first sentences from 268 short stories published in The New Yorker over the past 20 years, from 1997 to 2017.

The Dream Image: Branden W. Joseph Interviewed by Felix Bernstein
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Editing a collection of artist Carolee Schneemann’s writings.

Visual Poems by Jeffrey Grunthaner
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A print project glitched by digital media.

Nothing Is Ever Wrong: Chelsea Hodson by Alex Zafiris
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The writer on surrendering, working through her avoidance, and using her body as an anchor. 

 Tilden by Geoffrey G. O’Brien

I should say a few things / Before I begin. Hell is easy, / We brought us here / And not for the first time.

A Bildungsroman Spy Novel: On Rosalie Knecht’s Who is Vera Kelly? by Kristen Martin
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The covert operative with a complex psyche.

There Are No Simple People: An interview with Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple by Alia Malek
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The writers on their latest collaboration, Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War. 

nobody checks their voicemails anymore not even detectives by Sasha Fletcher
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Jimmy, it’s your girl. The one at the desk whom you pay a living wage. This is what could be known as a wake-up call if we were the sort of people who relied upon others to remind us of our tasks.

We Are The Thoughts of Sorrows: On Lou Reed’s book of poems Do Angels Need Haircuts? by Alex Zafiris
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After The Velvet Underground, a poetic underworld.

Fraught Engagement: Lucas Mann, author of Captive Audience by Nicholas Mancusi
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The writer on the artistic and emotional merits of reality TV. 

A Presence, Not a Ghost, But a Feeling: Lynell George Interviewed by Connie Samaras
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Conducting a posthumous interview with science-fiction author Octavia E. Butler.

Four Poems by Greg Nissan
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Overcast cobalt, tile unbolted, pictures / On loan require empty space / Like an expletive. Grisaille pigeons, / Endemic to our swamp of / Commission.

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