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Truing Perception: Jeff Sharlet Interviewed by Emily Raboteau
Sharlet Pale Orange

On making documentary art and the imperfect pursuit of empathy.

Amnesia is (Almost) a Luxury: Marcelo Hernandez Castillo Interviewed by Nathan Osorio
Children Of The Land4

On writing a memoir about the undocumented immigrant experience.

Last Hurrah by Adam Wilson
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A satirical take on toxic masculinity.

On Claude McKay’s Romance in Marseille by Coleman Collins
Mc Kay Romance In Marseille

The writer’s posthumously published novel, written ninety years ago, holds a mirror up to the past and present.

Shoes by Daniel Kehlmann
Kehlmann1

From the book Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann, to be published on February 11.

Weird Political Fiction: Charles Yu Interviewed by Gabe Hudson
Interior Chinatown6

On writing a novel in screenplay format, the possibilities of humor, and the plurality of Asian American identity.

Poetry is Play: Rachel Rabbit White Interviewed by gin hart & mal young
Rachel Rabbit3

The writer on romance under capitalism, Nietzsche, sex work, and freedom from the tyranny of the sentence.

A Woman Object (Exploding) by Lidia Yuknavitch
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Goddamn it to motherfucking hell, she says. I think that ought to cover it, he says. He asks her why she feels the need to swear so much, so deliberately, what depends on it, why it’s so important to her. Why, after so long, she hasn’t grown tired. Worn out in the mouth.

Never a Single Crossing: Paul Yoon Interviewed by Katy Simpson Smith
Run To Me Earth7

On writing multiple timelines, teaching with love, and creating an epic in a minimalist way.

Moment to Moment: Cameron Dezen Hammon Interviewed by Sarah Hepola
This Is My Body

The writer on her memoir about complications with the church, navigating romantic longing, and doing things on her terms.

God by Ben Loory
Loory

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
The Baudelaire Fractal1

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.

Cathy Park Hong by Ken Chen
Minor Feelings Mockup

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
Dbowman Mine

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
Kali Tommy2

The writers on indigenous ancestry, playing with language, and maintaining public personas.

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