Barry Hannah on self-hating Southerners, .45 caliber teaching tools, and overcoming alcoholism: “I was often taught that everything is worth it for art. Everything. It was a cult.”
Disaster Remembered: “They stood in the black dust, talking, breathing, wondering at it. People came from all around in their cars and on their bikes to have a look. We didn't know that death could be so beautiful.”
Strange new fiction from Haruki Murakami: “Okawa gobbled down the sardine, stripping it from head to tail, then cleaned his face. ‘That hit the spot. Much obliged. I'd be happy to lick you somewhere, if you'd like . . .’”
“All I need is a window not to write.” Creating from the basement: Tobias Wolff on the Art on the Fiction.
“Edison Steelhead was born on the kitchen floor. . . .”: Comics by Renée French.
Stories by Annie Proulx and John Edgar Wideman.
An Art of Fiction interview with Haruki Murakami. “Even now, my ideal for writing fiction is to put Dostoevsky and Chandler together in one book.”
Paula Fox on art and chaos: ”I think it’s not helpful to overpsychologize. It substitutes for the chaos that most of us live in.”
Stories by Nathaniel Bellows, Melvin Jules Bukiet, and Mary-Beth Hughes. Poems by Sandra McPherson and W. S. Merwin.
An Art of Poetry interview with Paul Muldoon: “Humility is a requisite and I fear Yeats was not strong in the humility department.”
An oral biography of Dylan Thomas: “That boy was always there, the one who shocked the girls in the Mumbles by whistling at them and saying, ‘That’s a pretty pair of knockers.’”
Stories by Melvin Jules Bukiet and Melanie Rae Thon. Poems by Peter Nickowitz, Linda Pastan, and Karen Volkman.