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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.
Lorin Stein, Editor's Note Full Text
April Ayers Lawson, Virgin Full Text
Sam Lipsyte, The Worm in Philly
Norman Rush, The Art of Fiction No. 205 Full Text
Daniel Bosch, Solutions to Autumn
Charles Harper Webb, Sand Fish
Dorothea Lasky, It's a Lonely World
Carol Muske-Dukes, Condolence Note: Los Angeles
J. D. Daniels, Letter from Cambridge