R. Crumb on the art of comics: “I am a bookmaker. I see blank books, I want to fill them—notebooks, sketchbooks, blank pages.”
David Mitchell on the art of fiction: “the universe needs to contrive circumstances to stop me writing.”
New fiction by Geek Love author Katherine Dunn, Colum McCann, Ann Beattie, and more.
Memoir by Wenguang Huang and Victor LaValle, and a dispatch from the North Atlantic by Julia Whitty.
Poems by Jorie Graham, Matthew Zapruder, and Cynthia Zarin.
Plus photographer Jeff Antebi in Haiti; a summer poetry showcase; and more.
An interview with John McPhee:
“There are zillions of ideas out there—they stream by like neutrons.”
Ray Bradbury on the art of fiction.
A memoir of a boyhood in a Siberian criminal community.
Poetry from Charles Simic, Linda Pastan, and Deborah Landau.
New stories by Karl Taro Greenfeld, J. Robert Lennon, and new writer Belle Boggs.
Plus William Dalrymple encounters a warrior monk; photographs by G. M. B. Akash and Adrian Clarke; and more.
Michel Houellebecq on the art of fiction: “It’s not so different from punk rock. You scream but you modulate a little.”
And Norman Rush on why he didn’t publish his first book until he was fifty-three.
New fiction by Sam Lipsyte, Lydia Davis, and newcomer April Ayers Lawson.
An essay by John Jeremiah Sullivan, and a dispatch from Cambridge by J. D. Daniels.
Poems by Frederick Seidel, Carol Muske-Dukes, John Tranter, and more.
Plus a curated portfolio by Lauren Cornell featuring Tauba Auerbach and Colter Jacobsen.
Jonathan Franzen on the art of fiction: “When I was younger, the main struggle was to be a 'good writer.' Now I more or less take my writing abilities for granted, although this doesn’t mean I always write well.” And Louise Erdrich on her heritage and being pigeonholed.
A novella by Péter Nádas, plus new fiction from Claire Vaye Watkins and Alexandra Kleeman.
A curated portfolio by David Salle featuring Amy Sillman and Tom McGrath.
Poems by Devin Johnston, Jim Moore, Maureen N. McLane, Albert Goldbarth, Dana Levin, Damion Searls, and more.
Plus, recollections and sketches by Saul Steinberg.