Editor's Letter: In With the Old—and the Young and the New
We hope we've pulled off the trick of looking both forward and back...
The Book That Made Stephen King a Reader
The master of horror on a delightfully unexpected source of inspiration...
A reconsideration of the great editor/teacher/writer/ provocateur's influence on American letters...
NEW FICTION: 5 Stories You Won't Want to Miss
"Oyster shells piled unevenly beneath their feet like a junkyard of discarded moons, they sidestep down to the river bank...."
"'Any idiot could have told him it wouldn’t work. Pretty much every idiot did. Starting with his own idiot ex-wife, Carine....'"
"On the morning of this newest test—hadn’t they just had one?—Rae slips her foot from its ballet slipper, extends her leg from the knee, and brushes her toes up the calf of the boy in front of her..."
"Grandfather Chandler says God made only two kinds of bloodweed: the stiff grass with greenish-purple flowers that grows wild in the ditches hereabouts, and what he calls "the true bloodweed with tiny scarlet or magenta blossoms that fill the family graveyard...."
"But now I felt dirty. I was never the same after those nights, and the leaving. I grew old..."
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"A new resident showed up that afternoon. They called us residents instead of, y’know, convicts, same as they call this place a Home—technically it was a Juvenile Custody Facility—instead of prison...."
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The Book Business | An interview with Boris Kachka about maverick publishing, literary "serfdom," and the care and feeding of genius at the storied FSG.
In Search of The Perfect P.O.V. l Pamela Erens on omniscient narrator envy
Decoding the World's Most Dreaded Critique | Christina Baker Kline on the unsympathetic character
In this quick clip, poet/classicist/literary rock star Anne Carson reads new work commissioned by The Center for Fiction.
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Our annual short story contest winner is Nicole Haroutunian, whose story appears in this issue. Congrats are also due to our finalists, Elysha Chang and Donald Breckenridge. Thanks to everyone who entered.