Jim Crace weighs the merits—and demerits—of research: “Facts don’t help. If you’re not a persuasive talker at a party, no one’s going to believe you, even if everything you say is true . . .”
PORTFOLIO: From the files of Gerard Malanga. After working with Warhol in 1969, Malanga began carrying his Nikon wherever he went . . .
A story by Yiyun Li, the 2003 Plimpton Prize winner. Poems by Tom Disch, Joyce Carol Oates, and Brenda Shaughnessy.