Issue 56 | September-October 2018

Sybil Baker and Laura Catherine Brown in conversation, Lisa Mullenneaux on Jenny Erpenbeck, Kate Hanson Foster on Matt W. Miller, and more

Becoming Visible: On Jenny Erpenbeck’s Go, Went, Gone

Oranienplatz, Berlin, Germany. Very little in Jenny Erpenbeck’s previous fiction—allegorical, timeless—prepares a reader for the immediacy and moral heft of Go, Went, Gone. It asks the same question Michael Ignatieff did…

Conversations: Sybil Baker and Laura Catherine Brown

Sybil BakerLaura Catherine Brown Sybil Baker is the author of four works of fiction, most recently While You Were Gone. Her work of nonfiction, Immigration Essays is the University of…

What do I know of drowning? On Matt W. Miller’s The Wounded for the Water

“I lie and clinging to the art / of each other’s lies we choke down beers.” Matt W. Miller’s latest collection, The Wounded for the Water (Salmon Poetry, 2018) opens…

A history of true civilisation is not one of monuments

Sacrifice is the shadow lurking behind this concept of civilisation Civilisation is back. But it is no longer the preserve of “Renaissance man” or of “the West,” or even of…

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….

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