Table of Contents

FICTION

Chris Bachelder, The Throwback Special: Part 1

Ann Beattie, Yancey

Lucia Berlin, B.F. and Me

Michel Houellebecq, From ‘Submission’

Andrés Neuman, The Things We Don’t Do

Padgett Powell, Yeltsin Spotted Abroad in a Bar

David Szalay, Youth

Deb Olin Unferth, Voltaire Night

INTERVIEW

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, The Art of Translation No. 4

Peter Cole, The Art of Translation No. 5

POETRY

Coral Bracho, The Signal of His Urge

Xi Chuan, Two Poems

Peter Cole, The Unsure Moralist

Ishion Hutchinson, The Difference

John Koethe, The Swimmer

Radmila Lazić, Two Poems

Iman Mersal, The Curse of Small Creatures

D. Nurkse, Three Poems

Nick Twemlow, Attributed to the Harrow Painter

PORTFOLIO

Aidan Koch, Heavenly Seas

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Damion Searls on translating Robert Walser

The Art of Fiction No. 229
Jane Smiley

“There weren’t too many books by women that were taught in school, so I read those on my own, and the books I read were as accessible as the ones we were reading in school. But the masculine, big-boy American authors—they just whizzed past me on the road.”

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Why This Grown-up Reads YA

The Art of Poetry No. 99
Eileen Myles

“There’s a faux vernacular, as though the ambition must be hidden at all times, to be more, I don’t know, attractive? It’s the loafer posture, the veneer of I-don’t-really-need-this. People loved to talk about how Frank O’Hara didn’t really care about getting published. That doesn’t jibe with my experience.”

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Dancing in the Moonlight
Ottessa Moshfegh

We’d be like dope fiends for one another, reaching out our swollen hands for one more hit, her body pale and freckled, nipples pink as sunsets. “The worse your morning breath, the more I love kissing you,” I’d say, slipping my tongue into her hot, bitter, velvety mouth.

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