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Hilary Mantel on the art of fiction: “I suppose if I have a maxim, it is that there isn’t any necessary conflict between good history and good drama.” Lydia Davis on the art of fiction: “ I find what happens in reality very interesting and I don’t find a great need to make up things, but I do like retelling stories that are told to me.” Elena Ferrante on the art of fiction: “ The media simply can't discuss an artwork unless it can point to some protagonist behind it. And yet there is no work of literature that is not the fruit of tradition, of many skills, of a sort of collective intelligence.”
New fiction by Mark Leyner, Angela Flournoy, Ken Kalfus, and James Lasdun. An essay by J. D. Daniels.
Poems by Charles Simic, Peter Gizzi, Sarah Trudgeon, Shuzo Takiguchi, Major Jackson, Craig Morgan Teicher, Susan Stewart, and Stephen Dunn. A portfolios by Mel Bochner and Ben Lerner and Thomas Demand.
Stephen Dunn, The Owner of the Boutique at Redwood Falls
Major Jackson, Italy
Susan Stewart, Two Poems
Shuzo Takiguchi, The Fish’s Desire
Craig Morgan Teicher, Book Review: ‘The Mountain Lion’ by Jean Stafford
Sarah Trudgeon, In the Red