The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left, Dr. Strangelove,
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gordon Lish, and June Skinner.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 7, NO. 1

The Sentence Is a Lonely Place
by Gary Lutz
What is it that gives every line — in certain works of fiction — the force and feel of a climax?

On the Eve of Destruction
by Alena Graedon
Fallout shelters are just outmoded relics of a bygone Cold War paranoia. (Right?)

A Certain Kind of Murder
by Theo Schell-Lambert
How an unusually dark 1961 novel dissolved the laws of youth fiction and turned hundreds of Pennsylvania ten-year olds into adults.

Notes on the Meltdown
by Joshua Clover
The bailout is a credit bubble with nothing to buy: $700 billion to stave off the collapse of our current system by inflating it one more time.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
interviewed by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
The author of Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun rescues the historical novel from tight dresses and Renaissance Florence.

Tom Dumm
interviewed by Jill Stauffer
A political philosopher describes how misguided American ideas of self-reliance make for an incredibly lonely society.

Gordon Lish
interviewed by John Lee and Vernon Chatman
The legendary editor of Raymond Carver, Amy Hempel, and others exchanges a series of deranged postcards with two of his friends.

Robert Alter
interviewed by Rich Cohen
The greatest translator of biblical literature in modern times describes the greatest poetry that survives from the ancient world.

Ričardas Gavelis’s Vilnius Poker
reviewed by Sacha Arnold

Nami Mun’s Miles From Nowhere
reviewed by Suzanne Kleid

Jordan Scott’s Blert
reviewed by Stephen Burt

My Vocabulary Did This to Me:
The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer

reviewed by Travis Nichols

Michael Kimball’s Dear Everybody
reviewed by Drew Nellins

Seiichi Hayashi’s Red Colored Elegy
reviewed by Chris Lanier

by Adam McKay

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Creative Accounting: Unnamed Flaming Lips Album
by M. Rebekah Otto

He Quickly Told His Life Story: A new poem
by Michael Earl Craig

Schema: A Tree of Literary Birds
by Jesse Nathan

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