“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.