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Genres as Lenses: Namwali Serpell Interviewed by Ryan Chapman
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The Zambian novelist on using tropes to upend them, the power of mistakes, writing female desire, and more.

A Psychogeography of Abandonment: An Interview with Sophia Shalmiyev by Cooper Lee Bombardier
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The memoirist on her relationship with motherhood, immigration, and psychogeography.

A.I. Storytelling: On Ross Goodwin’s 1 the Road by Connor Goodwin
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A car wrote a book worth reading.

Volatile and Transitory: Babak Lakghomi Interviewed by Zach Davidson
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A novella of warranted paranoia. 

Beyond the Borders of American Realism: A Conversation by Jeff Jackson & Martin Riker
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A two-sided novel and a psychological road narrative, both books explore contemporary culture by channeling iconic literary traditions. 

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.

A World Without the Present: on Yoko Tawada’s The Emissary by J.W. McCormack
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The novelist’s latest imagines an apocalypse that feels all too likely.

A Taxonomy of Refusal: On Anne Boyer’s A Handbook of Disappointed Fate by Julia Bosson
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Essays that investigate the poetics of “no.”

Introductions by Kate Zambreno
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A collaboration between B. Ingrid Olson and Kate Zambreno.

On the Chaos of Bodies: David Grubbs and John Sparagana in Conversation
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The collaborators on riots, punk, Richter, and the new book Now that the audience is assembled.

The Frays of Life: On Julián Herbert’s Tomb Song by Hunter Braithwaite
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Autofiction that explores the borderland between memoir and vision quest.

“Truth Is Never the Whole Truth” and Other Aphorisms by Muriel Spark
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February 1 marked the centenary of Muriel Spark’s birth, and we’re celebrating with a selection of the British master’s aphorisms, notes, and observations.

At the Peephole by Nuar Alsadir
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Years ago, desperate to find a babysitter in a short period of time, I joined two local parents’ groups on the web and remained subscribed to them long after my situation had been resolved. 

On a Street by Constance DeJong

You are on a sidewalk packed and fierce and fueled by desire greed ambition come on come on miracle.

Looking Back on 2017: Literature
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Featuring selections by Justin Taylor, Shelly Oria, Mary Walling Blackburn, Kevin Killian, Barry Schwabsky, John Freeman, and more.

Nebulous Geography: On Renee Gladman’s Houses of Ravicka by J.W. McCormack
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The imagined city from Gladman’s Ravicka series is as elusive as human self-hood. 

Those Million Things: Sung Yim’s What About the Rest of Your Life by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
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Writing personal and generational trauma. 

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.”

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.

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