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Exploration and Excavation: An Interview with Vivek Shraya by Sarah Neilson
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On navigating the success and failure dichotomy, the tropes of women friendship narratives, and working across mediums.

Exploration and Excavation: An Interview with Vivek Shraya by Sarah Neilson
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On navigating the success and failure dichotomy, the tropes of women friendship narratives, and working across mediums.

Fool’s Gold: C Pam Zhang Interviewed by Sarah Rose Etter
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The debut novelist on writing a novel that reimagines an otherworldly Western with a new focus on gender and immigration.

Work as Life: Hilary Leichter Interviewed by Diane Cook
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The writer on when the short story becomes a novel, writing about the gig economy, and claiming new meanings for words.

From New Waves by Kevin Nguyen
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“People talk about algorithms like they’re magic. It’s easy to see why. They govern how the internet is shown to us, conjured from spells. Their methods are opaque, and yet we put our trust in them.”

On Claude McKay’s Romance in Marseille by Coleman Collins
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The writer’s posthumously published novel, written ninety years ago, holds a mirror up to the past and present.

Fiction as Revelation: Chigozie Obioma Interviewed by Xavier Navarro Aquino
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The Man Booker finalist on telling a story from the perspective of a spirit and writing to expose historical truths.

Invent New Rules: Lara Vapnyar Interviewed by Rebecca Schiff
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The writer on creating a legend about her mother, breaking the fourth wall, and Elena Ferrante’s honesty.

No Such Thing as a Happy Ending: Nicholas Mancusi Interviewed by Kyle Lucia Wu
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The debut novelist on writing fiction about free will, his love of Denis Johnson, the elusive idea of plot, and his family lineage of writers.

Marcia Douglas by Loretta Collins Klobah
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In echoes and splices of “narrative sonic bites,” Douglas sets her experimental novel, The Marvellous Equations of the Dread, to the dub pulse of Rasta tradition.

Acrostics and Erotics: Kevin Killian Interviewed by John Neff
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An art exhibition inspired by a novel.

Roque Larraquy’s Comemadre by J.W. McCormack
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Let’s begin with death. “Let’s say that in the course of all human experience, death is pure conjecture: it is, as such, not an experience. And all that which is not an experience is useless to mankind.” The speaker here is Ledesma, one of a cadre of lovelorn, thoroughly chauvinistic doctors up to no good at a sanatorium just outside Buenos Aires.

Anna Moschovakis by Jennifer Kabat

The poet’s first novel, Eleanor, or, The Rejection of the Progress of Love, concerns a woman’s unnamed grief, as well as the meta-dialogue between the narrative’s author and the critic reading her manuscript.

Ottessa Moshfegh by Benjamin Nugent

The author discusses her forthcoming novel My Year of Rest and Relaxation, fiction as impetus for personal change, and the inhumanity of the creative class.

Resisting Victimization: Andrea Kleine Interviewed by Cat Tyc
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The novelist on the precarious lives of artists, the oversimplification of trauma narratives, and the importance of building queer, chosen families.

Grief That Drives: R.O. Kwon by Colin Winnette
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The novelist on her loss of faith, youth culture, cult leaders, and spending time with syllables. 

Gunnhild Øyehaug’s Wait, Blink by Ryan Chapman
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What kind of novel would you write if you had never read a novel before? Would it have the mounting tension of a campfire tale? The breathless cadence of fresh gossip shared with a best friend? If you’re Norwegian writer Gunnhild Øyehaug, you unspool 50,000 words with the inventiveness of Scheherazade and the guilelessness of a Red Bull–fueled, hyperarticulate ten-year-old. This is Wait, Blink.

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.

The Limits of Sympathy: On Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room by Daniel Pearce
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What literature can (and can’t) tell us about America’s criminal justice system.

Digging Beneath the Polite Veneer: Eileen Pollack Interviewed by Taylor Larsen
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The writer discusses growing up in the Borscht Belt, the prevalence of literary humor, and the power of feminist punch lines.

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.

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