Irwin Shaw on Dick Tracy, the doom-conscious generation, and the Art of Fiction.
A fable by Eugene Walter. Stories by Alfred Chester, James Leo Herlihy, and Terry Southern. Poems by Geoffrey Hill, Vilma Howard, Howard Moss, and John Simon.
A memory like a “whore’s top drawer” and the Art of Fiction: An interview with James Thurber.
“Whenever you looked at it you heard music, divine music, music such as Steppenwolf heard when Herman Hesse gave him an injection”: Henry Miller introduces a Zev portfolio.
A story by Evan S. Connell. Poems by Adrienne Rich and James Wright.
“My head has always seemed to me like a brightly lit room, full of the most delightful objects,” Thornton Wilder on the Art of Fiction.
Henri Michaux describes (and draws) a bad peyote trip.
Stories by Pati Hill and Terry Southern. Poems by A. Alvarez and Donald Finkel.
“The moment you grab somebody by the lapels and you’ve got something to tell, that’s a real story”: Frank O’Connor on the Art of Fiction.
A pleasure principle and a Calvinist conscience: Angus Wilson defends his characters.
A story by James Blake. Poems by John Hollander and W.S. Merwin.
“The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof shit-detector”: Ernest Hemingway on the myth of his style and pumping the well.
A portfolio of Giacometti sketches. A story by Philip Roth. Poems by Robert Bly, Louis Simpson, and W. D. Snodgrass.
“I think the best regimen is to get up early, insult yourself a bit in the shaving-mirror, and then pretend you’re cutting wood”: An interview with Lawrence Durrell.
Stories by Samuel Blazer, Cecil Dawkins, and William Styron. Poems by James Dickey and David Ferry.
“Obscurity comes when the poet is still at the stage of learning how to use the language”: T.S. Eliot on the Art of Poetry.
Ignoring the Golfers: a portfolio of the eastern Long Island painters, including Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, and Lee Krasner.
Stories by Terry Southern and Alexander Trocchi. Poems by Geoffrey Hill, Daryl Hine, and Ted Hughes.
James Jones on dialogue (“almost too easy”), characterization (“no human being is really a symbol”), and America (“big, awkward, sprawling”).
Moon rider bound to another paradise: A Marc Chagall portfolio with text by James Lord.
Philip Roth’s Good-bye Columbus.
Poems by Robert Bly and James Wright.
“The more you leave out, the more you highlight what you leave in”: Henry Green on revision, changes in style, and the secrets of a writer’s writer’s writer.
“More drinkers should be dragged to the bottle than from it”: An essay by Niccolo Tucci.
Stories by V. S. Naipaul and Philip Roth. Poems by Philip Larkin and James Merrill.
“In fact it was one of the greatest successes in all modern Italian literature. . . There has never been anything like it”: Alberto Moravia, suffering from a horrible headache, explains his work.
A bohemian paradise in 1920s Paris: Nathan Asch recalls the Café du Dome.
Italo Calvino’s “Last Comes the Raven.”
“God is a character, a real and consistent being, or He is nothing”: An interview with Joyce Cary.
“She kept nodding her head and pursing her mouth as if withholding some vital information like that the walls were wired to explode”: An essay by Pati Hill.
Drawings by Picasso. Stories by Dino Buzzati, Evan S. Connell, and Mary Lee Settle. Poems by A. Alvarez and Adrienne Rich.
“Almost languidly, he pushed the sword home in just the right place, up to the pommel. In that instant Islero raised his head, and stabbed the right horn, the bad one, into the upper part of Manolete’s right thigh”: An essay on the death of a Spanish national hero.
The Art of Fiction: Georges Simenon on the eleven-day novel.
Self-portraits by Matisse, Chagall, and Leger.
“He put me in this little room. He didn’t actually lock the door but he said, ‘Stay in there!’ And I did. I just sat down, and it just came”: Mary McCarthy on the Art of Fiction.
Stories by Harry Mathews and Mauro Senesi. Poems by Denise Levertov, Adrienne Rich, and May Swenson.
“It’s a terrible struggle, because what you really feel hasn’t got the form, it’s not what you can put down in a poem”: Robert Lowell on the Art of Poetry.
Kafka-inspired engravings by Lars Bo.
Stories by Bowden Broadwater, Hughes Rudd, and Jan Gerhard Toonder. Poems by Donald Davie and Thom Gunn.
“Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat”: Robert Frost on the Art of Poetry.
Tangerines, blizzards, and Dr. Zhivago: An interview with Boris Pasternak.
Stories by Gina Berriault, Elizabeth Savage, and Thomas Whitbread. Poems by Christopher Middleton and X.J. Kennedy.
$80.00“I’m all for sticking pins into Episcopal behinds, and that sort of thing”: Aldous Huxley on acid, Freud, and the Art of Fiction.
A fictional journey at sea by Malcolm Lowry.
A story by Max Steele. Poems by Louis Simpson and William Stafford.
“One mustn’t be so rigid or egotistical to think that every comma is sacrosanct”: Edward Albee on the Art of Theater.
An Art of Theater interview with Harold Pinter.
e.e. cummings’ letters to Ezra Pound. Stories by Leonard Michaels and Dallas E. Wiebe.
Arthur Miller on the Art of Theater.
“Besides being one of the great talents of this century, Malcolm Lowry was also a ferocious drunk, fallen and exiled heir to the back parlor of the Establishment, seastruck fumble-thumbed sailor, composer of hack foxtrots and banger of jazz ukeleles, remittance man, syphilophobe, masturbator, poet, myth-maker and Faust”: Conrad Knickerbocker on Malcolm Lowry.
A story by James Salter. Poems by Leroi Jones and John Montague.
Howl, Kerouac and the birth of beat, and Cézanne’s Petites Sensations: Allen Ginsberg on the Art of Poetry.
The poet of the automobile: An interview with Blaise Cendrars, plus a portfolio of poems.
Ned Rorem’s Paris diaries. Stories by Donald Barthelme and Jerome Charyn. Poems by Blaise Cendrars and Gary Snyder.
An Art of Fiction interview with Saul Bellow.
An anecdoted topography of chance: Daniel Spoerri maps Room 13 at the Hotel Carcassone.
A story by William Styron. Poems by Barbara Guest, Lorine Niedecker, and Joel Oppenheimer.
An Art of Fiction interview with William Burroughs.
“When I first took my own group on 52nd Street, in ‘44, people used to ask us, ‘What is that crap? What is that Chinese music?’” An interview with Dizzy Gillespie.
Stories by Irvin E. Faust, Leonard Gardner, and Clancy Sigal.
“The need to restore warmth to people’s lives is our most imperative task. This alone can save us, save the whole planet”: Yevgeny Yevtushenko on the Art of Poetry.
Committed writing and humanizing Sartre: an interview with Simone de Beauvoir.
Stories by Stanley Elkin and Harry Mathews. Poems by Basil Bunting, Gary Snyder, and John Wieners.
“Mr. William Randolph Hearst caused a little excitement by getting up in the middle of the first act and leaving with his party of ten. I vomited in the back aisle”: Lillian Hellman on the Art of Theater.
“Then and Now”: A symposium on the expatriate tradition.
Poems by Denise Levertov, George Oppen, Robert Creeley, and Galway Kinnell.
“It is not inspiration; it is expiration”: Jean Cocteau on the Art of Fiction.
“Facing the universe of sound”: William Carlos Williams on the Art of Poetry.
William Fifield interviews Pablo Picasso.
A story by Stanley Elkin. Poems by Robert Bly and Charles Olson.
“Experience is a dim lamp which only lights the one who bears it”: An interview with Louis-Ferdinand Céline.
“Style is character”: Norman Mailer on the Art of Fiction.
Jack Kerouac and Henry Miller on Céline.
Poems by Donald Hall and Geoffrey Hill.
A cranky S. J. Perelman gets choked up over Joyce and rants against Hollywood jackals.
An Art of Fiction interview with Evelyn Waugh.
Van Go, Van Gock, Van Guff: John Mulligan on the making of the movie Lust for Life.
A story by Dante Troisi. Poems by Fred Chapell and Philip Levine.
Katherine Anne Porter on the “we” of family and dark clouds moving in her head.
“How can you stay in the ant-heap?” Lawrence Durrell and Henry Miller exchange letters.
Stories by Stephen Dixon and Malcolm Lowry. Poems by Edward Field, Jean Garrigue, and Anne Stevenson.
The Buddhist monk who swallowed a canary: Henry Miller on the Art of Fiction.
Confucianism, fascism, and treason: An interview with Ezra Pound.
An essay by Alfred Chester. Stories by Ingeborg Bachmann, Samuel Beckett, and Jorge Luis Borges. Poems by Patrick Bowles, Donald Finkel, and William Meredith.
Marianne Moore on exhilarating biology, the Brooklyn Dodgers, the art of quotation, and her “so-called poems.”
Norman Mailer on “The Psychology of the Orgy”.
Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam, Boris Pasternak, and Marina Tsvetayeva: A portfolio of Russian poetry.
“A Rolls-Royce mind bumping and humming”: E. B. White on the Art of the Essay.
“I sit here in a kind of stupor and call it thought”: John Steinbeck weeps over Petrarch’s sonnets and charts signals from a distant star.
Stories by Donald Barthelme, Evan S. Connell, and Joy Williams. Poems by Gerard Malanga.
“Everything is made by hand”: An interview with Robert Graves.
George Wickes on the early history of little magazines.
Hockney’s notes for illustrations of Grimm’s Fairy Tales.
Stories by Renata Adler and Sarah Plimpton. Poems by John Ashbery and Robert Creeley.
“I aim for total objectivity by giving conflicting views – using the camera eye as a safety valve for my own subjective feelings”: John Dos Passos on the Art of Fiction.
Stories by Keith Cohen, Tom Disch, Philip Metcalfe, and Robin Metz. Poems by Kenneth Koch, Ted Berrigan, and Ron Padgett.
Robert Creeley on duking it out with Jackson Pollock on the Art of Poetry.
“I wonder what these people thought thousands of years ago of these sparks they saw when they took off their woolen clothes?” An interview with Isaac Bashevis Singer
Stories by Keith Cohen, Maurice Roche, James Salter, and Ronald Sukenick. Poems by Diane di Prima and John Wieners.
“Goddamn it, FEELING is what I like in art, not CRAFTINESS and the hiding of feelings”: Jack Kerouac on the Art of Fiction.
Stories by John Ashbery, James Schuyler, Donald Barthelme, and Marge Piercy. Poems by Jim Carroll, Kenneth Koch, and Vito Acconci.
Whitmanitus and verse symphonies: Conrad Aiken on the Art of Poetry.
Blaise Cendrars on Gustave Lerouge and Arthur Cravan.
Stories by Leonard Michaels and Mordecai Richler. Poems by Lewis MacAdams and Peter Schjeldahl.
“I am an obscure, doubly obscure, novelist with an unpronounceable name”: An interview with Vladimir Nabokov.
Stories by Kenward Elmslie, Edward Hoagland, and John Phillips. Poems by John Ashbery, Frank Lima, and James Schuyler.
Epic literature, false poets, and why cabs are yellow: An interview with Jorge Luis Borges.
“How old should they be before they smoke marijuana?” John Cage on how to improve the world.
Stories by Frank Conroy, Christina Stead, and M. E. White. Poems by Ted Hughes and Aram Saroyan.
Joan Didion on experience, lies, and the Art of Fiction.
“I managed to do well academically at Syracuse despite the concerted efforts of my sorority to prevent me . . .” Joyce Carol Oates on the Art of Fiction.
Margaret Drabble on Freud, motherhood, and the use of education to a woman.
Stories by Pati Hill and Alexander Theroux. Poems by Thomas Lux, Jay Parini, and Derek Walcott.
“Suspense comes from making sure your algebra is right. Time is the only critic”: James M. Cain on the Art of Fiction.
Anthony Powell on gloomy Oxford days, Proust’s eroticism, and prosopography.
Stories by Barton Midwood, David Rieff, and Dallas Wiebe. Poems by Don Bogen and Ronald Wallace.
“A man like Sartre can get a whole book out of a proposition which is, on the face of it, untrue”: Richard Wilbur on the Art of Poetry.
Stories by Stephen Minot, Carolyn Osborne, and Joy Williams. Poems by Billy Collins, Gene Frumkin, and Penelope Gilliatt.
Jessamyn West and Marguerite Young on the Art of Fiction.
Norman Glass on The Decline and Fall of Alfred Chester .
Fiction by Gerald Dorset and Arno Karlen. Poems by David Ignatow, Erica Jong, and David Ray.
“Shit, piss, and bellow, kick and wiggle: that’s it!” An interview with William Gass.
Stories by Peter Handke, C. W. Gusewelle, and William S. Wilson. Poems by Brendan Galvin and Galway Kinnell.
“The ideal audience is a man like Bill Gass”: Stanley Elkin on the Art of Fiction.
Aphrodite Chuckass, Zoda Viola Klontz Gazola, Fanny Fangboner: John Train on how to name your baby.
Stories by William Reese Hamilton, Lamar Herrin, Barton Midwood, and Richard Stern. Poems by Edward Hirsch and Peter Payack.
“Dylan Thomas and Yeats—I’m not saying they’re bad poets, but I do think they’re bad influences, especially on a young writer”: An interview with Kingsley Amis.
P. G. Wodehouse on his ninetieth birthday, the passing of Jack Kerouac, and his fondness for spats.
Stories by Tom Disch and Diane Vreuls. Poems by Kate Braverman and Jane Kenyon.
“Once you’ve survived Dublin there’s not much they can do to you anywhere else to cut through your hide”: An interview with J.P. Donleavy.
John Steinbeck on inspiration, hack writing, and writing a good short story.
Stories by Andrei Codrescu and Dallas Wiebe. Poems by Robert Bly and Wililam Matthews.
James Wright on Horatian craftsmanship, Judas, the talent for happiness, and the Art of Poetry.
Stories by Joe Brainard and Richard Ford. Poems by Diane Ackerman, Paul Hoover, and James Wright.
Bernard Malamud on Mailer’s doppelganger, the morality of art, and the prison motif.
George Wickes recalls Natalie Barney.
Stories by M. F. Beal, David Evanier, and Giles Gordon. Poems by Richard Wilbur.
“The most common fault of experienced poets is that they acquire facility which reduces tension in their art”: Stephen Spender on the Art of Poetry.
Stories by John Domini, William Reese Hamilton, and Mark Strand. Poems by Ai, David Bottroms, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, and David St. John.
“Steer clear of English. Learn foreign, preferably dead languages”: An interview with Peter Levi.
“When I first came here, a neighbor told the whole village that I practiced black magic”: Jean Rhys on The Art of Fiction.
Stories by David Evanier and Norman Lock. Poems by Pier Paolo Pasolini.
“In modern Christian symbolism a sweeter image of Jesus with the sheep in his arms has evolved, but I like the old image of Christ as the warring dragon”: An interview with John Gardner.
Peter Handke's Fantasies and Prejudices.
Stories by Andre Dubus and Mary Morris. Poems by Seamus Heaney and Octavio Paz.