Issue 55 | July-August 2018

Can You Call Her Sister? Amelia Rosselli on Sylvia Plath

When the Italian poet Amelia Rosselli took her life 33 years to the day that Sylvia Plath did the same, it was not her only tribute to the American writer,…

In the Beginnings of Emotion Exists an End: on Katy Lederer’s The bright red horse—and the blue—

And since the genesis of the objective body is only a moment in the constitution of the object, the body, by withdrawing from the objective world, will carry with it…

In the gap between writer and reader, the novel comes to life

There’s an exercise I sometimes get members of book groups to do: I ask each of them to draw a picture of the cabin from my first novel, Our Endless…

“I Am Not Your Muse” and Other Lies Our Teacher Told Me

Colleen McClary’s crimson lips upturned at the corners. “I am not your muse and every good story is based around a problem.” I thought she looked like a beautiful witch….

The Light of Possibilities: On Patrick Park’s Tucumcari

From the opening sentence of Patrick Parks’ remarkable debut novel Tucumcari, readers are invited into the bewildered reality of a man whose life exists in an interwoven fabric of the…

It Puzzles the Will: Hamlet and Suicide

Madeline Levine, the celebrated author of Teach Your Children Well, recently gave a talk to the faculty of three loosely aligned independent schools, including my own. She said a lot…

Weather Democracy

Twenty-first century Americans face two seemingly separate and intractable crises, either one of which could bring the modern way of life, and perhaps many lives as well, to an end….

The Wind on Mors Island

Last year, at age 90, Knud Sørensen put out his fourteenth poetry collection to go along with his 35 other works of biography, novels, short stories, essays, and memoir. After…

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