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“I wanted to be a writer when I was in the sixth grade—of course, I wanted to be one without working at it”: Joseph Heller on the Art of Fiction.
Peter Matthiessen discusses his new novel format, inspired by haiku poetry and screenplays.
Stories by Gail Godwin, Herbert Gold, and Peter Matthiessen. Poems by Anen Sexton and Charles Simic.
George Plimpton, Dear Reader
Jack Cope, Drinker of the Bitter Water
Gail Godwin, Why Does a Great Man Love?
Herbert Gold, Max and the Pacemaker
Harvey Jacobs, The Return to Puerto Vallarte of Benny the Buro
Peter Matthiessen, from Far Tortuga
Joseph Heller, The Art of Fiction No. 51 Full Text
Michael Benedikt, Orders From Beyond
Randy Blasing, Some Legs
Jay Boyer, Unnatural Acts and Menagerie
Tom Disch, Three Poems
Erica Jong, Testament
Adam LeFevre, Planning Ahead
W. S. Merwin, The Reaper
Pat Nolan, Stick 'Em Up
Gregory Orr, Domestic Life
Dannye Romine, In the Periodical Room
Charles Simic, Eight Poems
Brian Swann, Heliopolis
L. L. Zeiger, Three Poems