The Fiction Issue 2009

The Fiction Issue 2009

Jim Shepard

In lovingly researched stories and novels, Jim Shepard traverses the globe and glides through history in such a way that reading through his collected output, you’re as likely to encounter ancient Greeks or discontented American teens as you are...
Jesse Pearson, Shane Lavalette
12.3.09
The Fiction Issue 2009

“Sits the Queen”

Damion Searls is an author and award-winning translator, most recently of Rilke’s The Inner Sky: Poems, Notes, Dreams, Proust’s On Reading, and the Robert Walser stories in this issue.
Damion Searls
12.2.09
The Fiction Issue 2009

Steve Jackson & Ian Livingstone

In 1982, childhood friends and über-nerds Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone started selling Brits the first ever Dungeons & Dragons game from a tiny flat in west London.
Andy Capper, Ben Rayner
12.2.09
The Fiction Issue 2009

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.
Jaimie Hodgson
12.2.09
The Fiction Issue 2009

Peter Owen

For nearly 60 years Peter Owen has been an iconoclast within British publishing, pioneering the publication of some of the most revered and controversial authors of the last half-century.
Steven Fowler, Ben Rayner
12.2.09
The Fiction Issue 2009

Wands And Swords, Pentangles And Cups

For W.B. Yeats, the ordinary world would fade away, and he would walk and talk in a spiritual realm that he believed truly existed around and outside the physical world.
Jesse Pearson, Amie Barrodale, Tara Sinn
12.2.09
The Fiction Issue 2009

“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.
Blake Bailey
12.2.09
The Fiction Issue 2009

“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.
Robert Walser
12.2.09
The Fiction Issue 2009

“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.
Saah Millimono
12.2.09
The Fiction Issue 2009

Annie Proulx

I have to admit that when they first hit the store shelves of the world, I skipped over Annie Proulx’s books. Maybe it was the titles—Heartsongs and Other Stories, Postcards. I just figured it for melancholic sepia-toned lady lit.
Steve Lafreniere, Gus Powell
12.2.09
The Fiction Issue 2009

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.
Roger Lewis, Bruno Bayley, Michael Otero
12.2.09
The Fiction Issue 2009

“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.
T. Christopher Gorelick
12.2.09
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