“If you say that there are elephants flying in the sky, people are not going to believe you. But if you say that there are four hundred and twenty-five elephants in the sky, people will probably believe you”: An interview with Gabriel García Márquez.
Carlos Fuentes on diplomacy, Mexico from a distance, and the Art of Fiction.
Stories by Julio Cort·zar, Jamaica Kincaid, and Gordon Lish.
Paul Bowles on Jane Bowles, the romantic life, and the passage of time in Morocco.
“What writers influence me as a young man? Chekhov! As a dramatist? Chekhov! As a story writer? Chekhov!” Tennessee Williams on the Art of Theater.
Stories by Margaret Atwood and Dallas Wiebe. Poems by Siri Hustvedt, Jean Valentine, and James Wright.
“Maybe writing can’t be taught, but editing can be taught. Notions of the lousy can be taught”: Donald Barthelme on the Art of Fiction.
Elizabeth Bishop on childhood memory, sleeping in trees, and winning the Pulitzer Prize.
Betty Eppes takes a break from tennis columns to interview J. D. Salinger.
Stories by Reinaldo Arenas, Stephen Dixon, and Tama Janowitz. Poems by Reginald Gibbons, Heather McHugh, and Gerald Stern.
“I really don’t see War and Peace as a great novel because it seems constantly to be trying to prove that nobody who was in the war knew what was going on”: An interview with Rebecca West.
“Longevity, gentlemen, is not an end. It is a prolongation”: Ernest Hemingway on the short story.
Stories by Raymond Carver, William Faulkner, William Gass, and Terry Southern. Poems by Amiri Baraka, Joe Brainard, Robert Creeley, X. J. Kennedy, Maxine Kumin, and Charles Tomlinson.