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A Somber Hope: Jordan Rothacker Interviewed by Pam Jones
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Dystopian futurism for our times.

A Somber Hope: Jordan Rothacker Interviewed by Pam Jones
Cyborg6

Dystopian futurism for our times.

Growth Potential: Lisa Harris Interviewed by IONE​
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On her new album with Nicole Mitchell, EarthSeed, inspired by Octavia Butler’s prescient series of Afrofuturist Parables.

Gaining a Self: On Chelsea Bieker’s Godshot by Kristen Martin
God Shot

A uniquely vile cast of characters, ecological disaster, and a motherless daughter who finds strength in the unexpected.

One Poem by Harry Mathews
Black and white side profile drawn portrait of Greek god Eros with head tilted down and chin on shoulder from Shakespeare's Sonnets

What about this? Across Syrian sands the wham of Nebuchadnezzar’s / canonical trumpets presaged an unlikely partner

Moment to Moment: Cameron Dezen Hammon Interviewed by Sarah Hepola
This Is My Body

The writer on her memoir about complications with the church, navigating romantic longing, and doing things on her terms.

The Misadventures of Nuns by Tobias Carroll
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On Sylvia Townsend Warner’s The Corner That Held Them, a witty and subversive novel about life in a fourteenth century convent.

The Cult of Mary by Laura van den Berg

As we entered Arezzo, the guide pointed out the prostitutes lining the road. The women looked like awkward, flashy birds, teetering in bright spandex and spiked heels, cheap gold jewelry flashing in the summer sun.

The Turning Look: T. J. Clark Interviewed by Ryan Meehan
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Hope at the point of despair; doubt at the point of hope.

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. 

Only Mei Guo Ren by Wendy Xu

When I was thirteen, two missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to the house to follow up on a conversation from the week before with my mother. 

Rain Like Cotton by Jennifer Kabat
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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
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Freeing Joan of Arc from her Catholic trappings in Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Book of Joan

Amitav Ghosh and Curt Stager
Antarctica has been losing mass from its ice sheet at an alarming pace. This 2011 image taken from the NASA Terra spacecraft shows a massive crack across Pine Island Glacier, on the continent's west side. Only two years later, a large iceberg completely separated from the glacier. In February of this year, a major crack in Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf grew within twenty miles of the sea and threatens to collapse the Antarctic Peninsula's northern end. Photo by NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.

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
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“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
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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
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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.

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