J. Courtney Sullivan on whom she re-reads: W. H. Auden, Dorothy Parker, Jane Smiley, Richard Yates
Lev Grossman on Ernest Hemingway, verbal membrane, and The Sun Also Rises
Deborah Baker on Lafcadio Hearn and “the Orient at home”
“Nobody Knows My Name”: Manuel Muñoz on Gwendolyn Brooks’s Maud Martha
Arthur Phillips probes the “seamless circle” of Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire
Karen Russell on how Joy Williams writes the unspeakable
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