“Talk is cheap and proves nothing. Poetry is dear and difficult to come by. But it poles us across the river and puts a music in our ears”: Charles Wright on the Art of Poetry.
Malcolm Cowley: From The Editor’s Desk.
Fiction by John Banville, Nadine Gordimer, and Josip Novakovich. Poems by Hayden Carruth, Jorie Graham, and Barbara Jordan.
“It’s just a matter of persistence—and a certain amount of talent. You can’t do anything without talent, but you can’t do anything without persistence either”: William Kennedy on the Art of Fiction.
A Long Game of Scrabble: Michael Meyer remembers Graham Greene.
Stories by Nicholas Delbanco and Bernard Malamud. Poems by Les Murray and Robert Pinsky.
“You can’t legislate stupidity and ignorance out of existence, or deny they aren’t evolutionary disadvantages”: An interview with John Fowles.
The Art of Fiction: Elizabeth Spencer on cannibalism, Florentine piazzas, and French Canadians.
Translations of Proust and Rilke. Stories by Peter Cameron, Allan Gurganus, and Niccolò Tucci. Poems by Kim Addonizio and Louise Erdrich.
“I don’t know a very great deal about anything. Indeed, the areas of my ignorance are fantastic in their scope”: An interview with Robertson Davies.
Irish provincialism, God-bothering, and false glamour: William Trevor on the Art of Fiction.
Stories by T. Coraghessan Boyle, Denis Johnson, Joyce Carol Oates, and Edna O’Brien. Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca and Alan Williamson.