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Rain Like Cotton by Jennifer Kabat
Kabat Essay 01

Picture an area the size of Manhattan covered in sand. It rises and falls and disappears.

Literature of the Present: An Interview with Nick Laird by Will Chancellor
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“Literature is a way of establishing the humanness of others. It’s interested in the relationships between people, between authenticity and truth. That in itself has to make us better disposed to each other.”

Sex, Tattoos, & Geocatastrophe by Lauren LeBlanc
Lidia Yuknavitch 01

Freeing Joan of Arc from her Catholic trappings in Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Book of Joan

Amitav Ghosh and Curt Stager
Ghosh And Stager Bomb 01

If novelists could tell the story of climate change, they might spark the action scientists are calling for in order to save the planet.

Robin Coste Lewis by Matthew Sharpe
Robin Coste Lewis Bomb 02

“I don’t accept the idea of my history as tragic.”

Sarah Ruden by Eric Banks
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Hippias Minor is such a handy introduction to Socrates as a personality, to this method of argumentation, to the culture of Athens where you have all these hot-shot foreign speakers like Hippias coming in and making the intellectual fermentation even stronger.”

Hosing Down the Slaughterhouse by Micaela Morrissette
Houellebecq Bomb 1

On Michel Houellebecq’s Submission

Scott Cheshire by Ryan Chapman
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“Post-love, post-work, post-faith, post-home. What’s left?”

Margaret Morton’s Cities of the Dead: The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan by Claudia Steinberg
Margaret Morton

Margaret Morton reports that on her first long drive through the mountains of Kyrgyzstan she was delighted when a skyline of minarets and domes appeared out of the silvery-blue, thin, stone-dry air, like a mirage.

Jesse Moss by Pamela Cohn
Pastor And Overnighters 1

Compassion, religion, and secrets in a North Dakota boom town.

Meyer Vaisman by Carlos Brillembourg
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Self-portraiture, architecture, and the divine.

Three Stories by S.D. Chrostowska

Pillars

Somewhere on the crossroads of history they stood: the pillar of Salt and the pillar of Fire. 

David Brazil, Jackqueline Frost, & Evan Kennedy by Thom Donovan
Ada Karczmarczyk by Harry J. Weil
American Girl Subway

Polish artist Karczmarczyk on desire in a post-Communist country, why the Catholic church needs modern art and being mistaken for Lady Gaga.

Radcliffe Bailey by Lilly Lampe
Radcliffe Bailey 1

Radcliffe Bailey on artistic and regional labels, testing his own DNA, aging, and the power familial ancestry holds on his practice.

Erin Markey by Katherine Cooper
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Erin Markey discusses familial relationships, making “stuff for stage and video,” and dating chaperones.

Jack Christian by Mike Young
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Poet Jack Christian on secular prayer, swashbuckling and keeping up appearances in his new book, Family System.

Genesis BREYER P-ORRIDGE and Verne Dawson
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I met Verne Dawson while sitting beside him at Table 23 at the celebration for Dream Machine: Brion Gysin at the New Museum in New York. Dawson revealed a cosmic process previously unsuspected by me: the genii of the 22 paths of the Kabbalah and their correspondence to the 22 major cards of the Tarot.

Fanny Howe by Kim Jensen
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I never met a kinder man than the homeless alcoholic who introduced me to the father of my kids. He was my teacher through a period of my life which was both an actual and an allegorical journey.

Eija-Liisa Ahtila by Cary Wolfe
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“Breaking up perspective has long been one of the central themes in my works.”

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