Volume 16 Issue 12

    • 12.2.09

      Modern Fiction Is All Rubbish

      Roger Lewis’ 2002 biography of Anthony Burgess polarised critics and his latest book, Seasonal Suicide Notes, is a diary-cum-memoir that made me laugh until I pissed myself on the 185 bus.

    • 12.2.09

      “Wild Geese”

      Matthias Connor, aka Wolfboy, is a London-based writer who publishes fanzines that he gives to people for free. He has been doing this for more than 20 years.

    • 12.2.09

      Pete Dexter

      Besides writing hard-edged, blackly funny, and beautifully observed novels, Pete Dexter has spent a lot of time boxing, and he once got beaten so badly by an angry mob in Philadelphia that his back was broken.

    • 12.2.09

      “The Hunter and His Dogs”

      Saah Millimono is the chief fiction writer at the Daily Observer, Liberia’s most popular newspaper. Each week, the Observer publishes one of Saah’s stories. They primarily deal with sorcery, witchcraft, deception, and the hardship of life.

    • 12.2.09

      Eileen Myles & Jonathan Galassi Talk About Poetry

      Jonathan Galassi is a poet, a translator, an editor, and the president and publisher of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, which happens to be our favorite publishing house.

    • 12.2.09

      “The Ghost Business”

      T. Christopher Gorelick is a mortgage underwriter by day, and by night he’s usually sleeping. He aspires to become a professional writer.

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    • 12.2.09

      Rhinestone Tiger

      I don't get expensive hair cuts anymore. But that isn't through lack of vanity. I once spent two-thirds of my monthly pay packet on a long coat that suited neither winter nor summer.

    • 12.2.09

      Reading List

      I read the milk container while drinking orange juice out of the bottle, holding the refrigerator door open with my body. A better thing to read about while drinking orange juice would be oranges, or sunshine, or even lemons.

    • 12.2.09

      “3 Stories”

      Robert Walser was underappreciated in his time and is still sort of a loosely kept secret today, passed around by writers and literature nerds like a test of how good one’s taste really is.

    • 12.2.09

      The Mystery Of B. Traven

      B. Traven is the most shadowy figure in the history of literature. Though there are hordes of Traven theorists and stacks of books written about him, there is still no consensus on his real name, his birthplace, or his exact history.

    • 12.2.09

      “Lost Limbs”

      Most people know Arthur Bradford as the creator of How’s Your News?, a documentary series that has been featured on HBO and MTV.

    • 12.2.09

      “A Better World”

      Blake Bailey is the author of Cheever: A Life, published earlier this year by Knopf. His previous book, A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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