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“Maybe writing can’t be taught, but editing can be taught. Notions of the lousy can be taught”: Donald Barthelme on the Art of Fiction.
Elizabeth Bishop on childhood memory, sleeping in trees, and winning the Pulitzer Prize.
Betty Eppes takes a break from tennis columns to interview J. D. Salinger.
Stories by Reinaldo Arenas, Stephen Dixon, and Tama Janowitz. Poems by Reginald Gibbons, Heather McHugh, and Gerald Stern.
Reinaldo Arenas, The Parade Ends
Stephen Dixon, Gifts
Tama Janowitz, American Dad
Hans Koning, The Kleber Avenue Communion
Frank Bidart, The War of Vaslav Nijinsky
Paul Celan, Conversations in the Mountains
Carol Conroy, The Jewish Furrier Explains the Search for Beauty
Jonathan Galassi, Elms
Reginald Gibbons, Affidavit
Heather McHugh, Three Poems
Joyce Carol Oates, Two Poems
Robert Pinsky, The Saving
Gerald Stern, Five Poems
Charles Wright, The Southern Cross
Paul Zweig, Two Poems
Betty Eppes, What I Did Last Summer (J. D. Salinger Feature)
Vernon Fisher, Four Stories
Steve Gianakos, Which Girl is Dead