José Saramago on the Art of Fiction.
Annie Dillard follows Teilhard de Chardin’s life in China.
Anthony Haden-Guest interviews Russian artist Ilya Kabakov.
Stories by Robert Coover and Julie Orringer. Poems by George Bradley and Jacqueline Osherow.
V. S. Naipaul on ambition, success, and the pitfalls of the writing life.
Simon Armitage writes from Jerusalem, England.
A Kurt Vonnegut libretto. Stories by Louis de Bernières, A. L. Kennedy, and Joy Williams. Poems by Anthony Hecht and Sue Kwock Kim.
Russell Banks discusses Kerouac, Hollywood, and the Art of Fiction.
An Oulipo Sampler.
Stories by Scott Anderson, Rick Bass, and Michael Knight. Poems by Henri Cole, Czeslaw Milosz, and Patty Seyburn.
“Your immediate contemporaries are just blind worms in a ditch, slithering pointlessly around, getting nowhere”: An interview with Martin Amis.
An essay by Alain de Botton. Stories by A. S. Byatt, Giles Foden, and Will Self. Poems by Simon Armitage, Lavinia Greenlaw, and Robin Robertson.