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The Edge of a Life: Jo Ann Beard Interviewed by Chelsea Hodson
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On writing about assisted suicide, taking time to study the consciousness of mushrooms, and freeing herself from the labor of the sentence.

The Edge of a Life: Jo Ann Beard Interviewed by Chelsea Hodson
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On writing about assisted suicide, taking time to study the consciousness of mushrooms, and freeing herself from the labor of the sentence.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore by Amy Gall
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With her latest book, The Freezer Door, Sycamore breaks down language and genre to confront intimacy, the politics of gay bars, and to find the communities we desire.

Write Toward Compassion: Lia Woodall Interviewed by Kelly Thompson
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A book about a brother’s suicide that takes the form of a puzzle.

Wayne Koestenbaum’s Figure It Out by Tracy O’Neill
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In a career spanning over two decades, Wayne Koestenbaum has copped to a lot.

Nearly Any Two Things Can Cohere by Asiya Wadud

The condition of most of our lives is that of continuous flight, in some manner or form—flight from faulty logic, from place of birth to the place we alight, from situations that no longer serve us, from political precarity—flight, as in rupture.

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 G’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.

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