“The child was in a state of panic. There was a pile of crumpled pages on the floor, and my wife was saying, ‘I can’t believe this. I can’t believe this.’ She took the pad and pencil and dashed something off. I had been trying to write the perfect absence note”: E. L. Doctorow on the Art of Fiction.
Derek Walcott on poems v. plays, the West Indies, and the theater of the sea.
A story by W. S. Merwin. Poems by Linda Gregg, Eamon Grennan, Ha Jin, and Howard Nemerov.
The Art of Fiction: John Irving on the secrets of profligacy, the ills of criticism, and Monday Night Football with John Cheever.
“Don’t you worry I like to be your sharpener and it’s a pleasure”: Gertrude Stein’s letters of encouragement to an aspiring novelist.
Stories by Nadine Gordimer, William Maxwell, Leonard Michaels, Alice Munro, and Marilynne Robinson. Poems by Amy Clampitt, James Dickey, Allen Ginsberg, and Jorie Graham.
Descartes, Sartre, pornography, and the “new novel”: An interview with Alain Robbe-Grillet.
“I have always been ‘out of the country’ in the sense that I never had what ordinarily is thought of as a literary life, or been part of a literary group”: Karl Shapiro on the Art of Poetry.
Stories by Craig Nova, Bette Pesetsky, and Elizabeth Tallent. Poems by Lincoln Kirstein, N. Scott Momaday, and Karl Shapiro.