Bret Easton Ellis on the art of fiction: "American Psycho came out of a place of severe alienation and loneliness and self-loathing. I was pursuing a life—you could call it the Gentleman’s Quarterly way of living—that I knew was bullshit, and yet I couldn’t seem to help it."
Maggie Paley’s interview with Terry Southern—in the works since 1967!
New fiction by Lorrie Moore, David Means, and Matt Sumell. Essays by David Searcy and John Jeremiah Sullivan. Literary paint chips by Leanne Shapton and Ben Schott, and a portfolio of Prabuddha Dasgupta's photographs curated by Geoff Dyer.
Poems from Adrienne Rich, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Susan Barbour, Stephen Dunn, Yusef Komunyakaa, Maureen N. McLane, Nicanor Parra, and Frederick Seidel.
Tony Kushner on the art of theater: “As a playwright, you are a torturer of actors and of the audience as well. You inflict things on people.” And Wallace Shawn: “When I wrote my first play I read it to myself, and I immediately thought, well writing plays—this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”
New fiction from Sam Lipsyte and Ann Beattie. Essays by Davy Rothbart, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Rich Cohen, and J.D. Daniels. A portfolio of animals and nudes by Walton Ford and Ryan McGinley, curated by Waris Ahluwalia.
Poems by Sophie Cabot Black, Roberto Bolaño, Raúl Zurita, John Ashbery, Octavio Paz, Lucie Brock-Broido, David Ferry, and Virgil.
James Fenton on the art of poetry: “What happened to poetry in the twentieth century was that it began to be written for the page.” And Roberto Calasso on the art of fiction: “The author is the successor of the saint, everyone respects the author.”
New fiction from Sam Savage, Ottessa Moshfegh, David Gordon, Peter Orner, and Jim Gavin. A portfolio of illustrations by Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler and a selection of collages by Jess.
Poems by Bernadette Mayer, James Fenton, Jason Zuzga, August Kleinzahler, George Seferis, and new translations of Guillaume Apollinaire.
Susan Howe on the art of poetry: “I often think of the space of a page as a stage, with words, letters, syllable characters moving across.” And discussion excerpts from the First Annual Norwegian-American Literary Festival, including Donald Antrim, Elif Batuman, Graywolf publisher Fiona McCrae, and Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier.
New fiction from James Salter, Rachel Kushner, Sarah Frisch, Tim Parks, Peter Orner, and the winner of the NPR Three-Minute Fiction Contest, and an essay by J. D. Daniels.
Poems by Ben Lerner, Linda Pastan, Devin Johnston, Yasiin Bey, Geoffrey Hill, Regan Good, Joshua Mehigan, and Steven Cramer. A portfolio of images that inspired Rachel Kushner’s novel The Flamethrowers.