Editor's Letter: Style, Substance, Sparring
The Book That Made Gary Shteyngart a Reader
"My name Igor Shteyngart. I refugant to Kew Gardens, Queens, nine years old...."
Margaret Wrinkle, interviewed by Noreen Tomassi
Our Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize winner talks about writing through terror...
The Devil and Gustave Flaubert
Tom Piazza responds to last issue's roundtable on the influence of Gordon Lish, and on matters of style, substance, and philosophy...
NEW FICTION: SIX STORIES YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS
Annunciation | Mary Morris
"Maddy stands before a wall-size map of Italy. She’s staring at Tuscany while Joe shows her their intended route...."
Monkey Brains | Elysha Chang
"'Look, this is how a heart works. The right atrium receives blood from the legs and arms and pours it into the right ventricle. The right ventricle....'"
I Don't Know, Stop Asking Me Math Questions | James Warner
"“Did you feel that?” my daughter asked. The table at which we sat playing chess was shaking as if covered with cell phones set to vibrate..."
She's Dying, He Said | Marge Piercy
"I was what was then called a tomboy until halfway through my seventh year. I had always played with neighboring boys. I had little interest in school—being just average and paying little attention. Then I caught the German measles...."
Buffalo | Glen Pourciau
"I’ve been looking without success for more regular work, but to make ends meet I earn money by watching houses for people on vacation. This one guy whose house I’ve been watching..."
Communion | Gregory Spatz
"This was in the between time, before I’d told either of my parents that I was no longer attending classes. The dropped due to non-attendance slips would not arrive in their mailbox until later..."
In this clip, Susan Minot reads from her critically acclaimed novel Thirty Girls.
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An interview with Daniel Menaker about William Shawn's New Yorker, the inner sanctum of the fiction department, finding one's voice as a writer, and refusing to quit
Sixteen great journals (with sample stories) from around the globe