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An interview with Gay Talese: “Nonfiction writers are second-class citizens, the Ellis Island of literature. We just can't quite get in. And yes, it pisses me off.”
A novella by Damon Galgut: “The stranger who has taken up residence in her, somebody dark and reckless that he doesn't trust, is still biding her time.”
Liao Yiwu marks the twentieth anniversary of Tiananmen Square.
Tad Friend on love among WASPs.
New stories by Boualem Sansal and Kenneth Calhoun.
Photos by Larry Sultan, and poetry from Billy Collins, Craig Arnold, and Dana Levin.
Kenneth Calhoun, Nightblooming Full Text
Damon Galgut, The Guardian
Boualem Sansal, After Rach'el
Gay Talese, The Art of Nonfiction No. 2 Full Text
Star Black, Twilit Full Text
John Casteen, Nocturne: Redaction Full Text
Billy Collins, Returning the Pencil to Its Tray
Dana Levin, Three Poems
John Poch, Well into Winter
Michael Waters, White Stork
Tad Friend, You Give No Inspire to the Wounded Woman in Your First Aid
Liao Yiwu, Nineteen Days Full Text