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Joy Williams on the art of fiction: “The story knows itself better than the writer does at some point, knows what’s being said before the writer figures out how to say it.” Henri Cole on the art of poetry: “In truth, I’m still slightly embarrassed to say, I am a poet. I’d rather say, I make poems.”
The third installment of a novel by Rachel Cusk. New fiction from Zadie Smith, J. D. Daniels, Ottessa Moshfegh, Garth Greenwell, and Shelly Oria. An essay by Andrea Barrett.
Poems by Jane Hirshfield, Les Murray, Ange Mlinko, Charles Simic, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Adam Kirsch, Nick Laird, and Henri Cole. A portfolio of dog drawings by Raymond Pettibon.
Ottessa Moshfegh, No Place for Good People
Zadie Smith, Big Week Full Text
Joy Williams, The Art of Fiction No. 223 Full Text
Thomas Sayers Ellis, Polo Goes to the Moon
Jane Hirshfield, A Cottony Fate
Adam Kirsch, My Wife in Joy and Sorrow, 1911
Nick Laird, Watermelon Seed
Les Murray, A Denizen