Experimental Fiction

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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.

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.

Feeling Changed: Rita Bullwinkel Interviewed by Lincoln Michel
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“I love titles that sound good in the mouth.”

Two Things at Once: On Harry Mathews’ The Solitary Twin by J.W. McCormack
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The pleasures of literary play in the writer’s final novel.

Artificial Languages: An Interview with Matthew Baker by K.C. Mead-Brewer
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The writer on his short story collection, Hybrid Creatures, and using mathematical equations, HTML code, music symbols, and propositional logic to build narratives.

Fragments as Form: Mary Robison’s Why Did I Ever by Lincoln Michel
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The great lost American fragment novel.

An Anxiety of Influence: on Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi’s Call Me Zebra by Michael Valinsky
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Writing as an intransitive catastrophe and the hyperbole of literature.

Phylum by Rita Bullwinkel
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I was the type of man who got his ears cleaned. I was the type of woman who didn’t like dogs. We lived together in a house on a street that was the color of asphalt. I told you what I thought of you.

A Brief History of Feeling by Jacquelyn Ross
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500 billion years ago—the dark touches itself in the dark and experiences something like ecstasy. Except that ecstasy isn’t a feeling yet—the sensation is just kind of sharp and warm. Afterwards, the dark feels happy and breathless. Afterwards, the dark feels lonely.

Unusual Play: A Conversation with Martin MacInnes by Stephen Sparks
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The Infinite Ground novelist on detective fiction, Borges, end times, and the impermanence of bodies.

Alex Gilvarry and Gabe Hudson 
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The novelists on Vietnam, Norman Mailer, and the dragon’s perspective.

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