The Armchair Traveler

I've often said that all good writing is a ticket to someplace new. That "someplace" can be entirely interior, incorporeal. This issue of The Literarian, however, is filled with pieces that are rooted in faraway lands or that extend virtual and putative tentacles across a great distance of space or time. 


Literary giant William Gass invokes King Arthur's round table, while wise Susan Isaacs cites brave dames from here, there, and everywhere. Chilean writer Alejandro Zambra jumps a language barrier (the fundamental challenge for all writers, really) to talk to Matt Nelson about the morality of writing, the search for "the other" and the joys of complexity. 


Our five original stories, by Debra Di Blasi, Luis Negrón, Lizy Mostowski, Rumaan Alam, and Rob Magnuson Smith, have roots or phantom branches in France, Puerto Rico, Poland, India, and England. Our featured international journal is from Kenya. 


You'll also find an interview with iconic agent Sterling Lord, who, at 92, has a very good grasp on how the literary world was, is, and will be. 


Now start reading.


You can purchase the print edition, which includes visual artwork, here





Photo by Claire Holt


Dawn Raffel's most recent book is an illustrated memoir, The Secret Life of Objects. She is also the author of two story collections, Further Adventures in the Restless Universe and In the Year of Long Division, and a novel, Carrying the Body. Her fiction has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, BOMB, Conjunctions, Black Book, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, The Quarterly, NOON and numerous other periodicals and anthologies. She has taught in the MFA program at Columbia University, and at Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia; Montreal; and Vilnius, Lithuania.