Susan Sontag on war, the volcano lover, and “hearing voices.”
Portraits of Russian writers by E. L. Doctorow, Francine du Plessix Gray, Jeffrey Eugenides, Ian Frazier, Thom Jones, Norman Mailer, Patrick McGrath, Joanna Scott, and Oliver Stone.
Stories by Judy Budnitz and David Means. Poems by Lucille Clifton and Vijay Seshadri.
THE HUMOR ISSUE
“Funny and me are not separate. We’re one”: Woody Allen on the Art of Humor.
Outhouse tipping and the search for truth: An interview with Garrison Keillor.
“When you’re writing, you are robbed of your delivery”: Calvin Trillin on the challenges of humor writing.
The Birth of a Notion: cartoonists have their say.
Stories by John Barth, T. Coraghessan Boyle, and Marcia Guthridge. Poems by Tom Disch, Beth Gylys, and Lloyd Schwartz.
P. D. James on Sherlock Holmes, the emergence of the female detective, and a fear of painful dying.
“When I sit down at this desk I am still as bashful before the virgin page as I was sixty years ago”: Patrick O’Brian on the Art of Fiction.
A Semester with Allen Ginsberg: Diary excerpts from Elissa Schappell.
An essay by Bernard Cooper. Stories by Rick DeMarinis and Francine Prose. Poems by Lucie Brock-Broido, Thom Gunn, and Sandra McPherson.
“In 1950, at full literary success, [Cesare Pavese] killed himself in a room at the Hotel Bologna—for mysterious reasons, but then every suicide is mysterious”: Primo Levi on the Art of Fiction.
Eudora Welty on Henry Miller, glass automobiles, and sailboating with Faulkner.
Two Reflections by M. F. K. Fisher. Stories by Tibor Fischer and Helen Schulman. Poems by S. X. Rosenstock and Max Winter.