A poem in seven parts, “Untitled,” by Californian poet and painter Etel Adnan.
Writer Ariel Dorfman addresses his pan-American past, the threshold of insanity, and the literary stakes of exile.
A conversation between Caryl Phillips and prolific author, past MacArthur Fellow and PEN Faulkner Award-winner John Edgar Wideman, recorded for a live audience at Woottons Bookshop in Amherst, Massachusetts on March 29, 1994.
A.M. Homes explores the many elements of Jayne Anne Phillips’s novel, Shelter in this 1994 interview. Her novel, Lark and Termite, has been nominated for the 2009 National Book Award for fiction.
Award-winning novelist Rick Moody talks about his novel The Ice Storm which documents 24 hours in the life of the Hoods in 1973. He and Jill Eisenstadt discuss family and the darker consequences of the early ’70s “sexual revolution.”
Two poems, “Gifts” and “The Bronze Hexameters” by Indran Amirthanayagam. Accompanied by a reflection on being a Sri Lankan poet by the author.
Dennis Cooper’s mix of earnesty and violence have made his work timelessly hip and readable. He speaks with Benjamin Weissman after the release of Try, his third installment in The George Miles cycle.
An in-depth interview with “one of America’s most indispensable and independent thinkers,” bell hooks, by BOMB contributing editor Lawrence Chua.
Paul Beatty, acclaimed and inventive author, speaks with poet, critic, and gallery owner Christian Haye on issues of personal politics, performance, group-think, and getting by with style in the world of contemporary poetry.
A short story, titled “Footnotes,” by Klaus Kertess.
Having just completed a biography of Jean Genet, Edmund White discusses jazz, sculpture, and “the art of the flaneur” with abstract sculptor Alain Kirili over dinner in Paris.
Novelist Stephen Wright does not simply tell a story. He takes the basic form of the novel and turns it inside out. His novels such as, Going Native, expose the strange and intriguing lives of characters that would normally fade into the background.
Murakami’s expert manipulation of the mundane into the magical has made him one of the most ubiquitous voices in contemporary fiction.
Through the friendship of Pheobe and Charlene, art and life, city and country are explored in “Amulet” by Dee Axelrod.
Campbell McGrath is a poet with a refreshing voice and a contemporary style. McGrath Considers poetry the most favorable medium through which he is able to voice his concerns and observations.
Francine Prose and Deborah Eisenberg have a candid chat about the roles animals play in her fiction, among other things. Prose’s new novel, My New American Life is available now.
A short story, titled “All Data is Raw,” by New York Author Elena Alexander.
With his distinctive sense of humor, Bernard Cooper reflects on moments of self-awareness from his growing up Jewish and gay to making the transition from an artist to writer.
Novelist Walter Mosley addresses the craft of his characters, the promise of the Clinton Presidency, and the undying importance of the Blues.
Novelist Melanie Rae Thon talks about the importance of teaching, the pursuit of truth and the dangerous lives of writers.
A woman recalls her own memories of femininity and sexuality and those written by Flaubert and Said, “The Hemisphere: Kuchuk Hanem” by Kimiko Hahn.
Bruce Wagner’s hyper-real stories of suburbia plunge deep into melodrama and the Californian landscape. Extreme as they maybe, his tales are something we can all relate to.
English author Jeanette Winterson speaks about the implications of a genderless body, the importance of reinventing style, and the impolite writers of lengthy novels.
Fae Myenne Ng’s novel, Bone, captures the experience of a Chinese immigrant family in San Francisco through language limited to the “absolutely necessary”.
Sarah Schulman, author of Empathy, speaks of the separation of activism from writing and the consequences of being assigned a marginal identity.
Lillian Lee writes columns, screenplays, and novels, all of which delve into the complexities of gender and sexuality. Many of her novels such as, Farewell to My Concubine and A Terracotta Warrior, have been successfully adapted for the screen.
A short story, titled “Philosopher or Dog?” by Hilton Als.
College pals Donna Tartt and Jill Eisenstadt exchange campus lore and anecdotes about the novel-writing process while discussing Tartt’s The Secret History. A refreshing glance at two young writers who found early success.
Poem by Sivaramani, translated from the Tamil by Indran Amirthanayagam, R. Charan, and P. Manikkalingam—for the Sri Lankan Poetry portfolio.
Several poems by Sri Lankan writers from the book The Elephants of Reckoning, organized and translated by Indran Amirthanayagam.