Quarterly literary magazine founded in 1953.
“Many of the most famous YouTube celebrities are very, very white. White and light faces are the safest gamble, the money decided, better yet if they can fashion a creole persona—black aesthetics on a visage that’s anything but.”
“Obscenity is a cleansing process, whereas pornography only adds to the murk.” —Henry Miller
“Like most writers, I think far too much about myself anyway, and in my heart of hearts don’t think I am worth talking about in this way.” —Jan Morris
The best way to keep warm this week? Nestle into our archive with three free pieces: an interview, a short story, and a poem.
“I saw that women don’t have to write about what men write about, or write what men think they want to read. I saw that women have whole areas of experience men don’t have—and that they’re worth writing and reading about.” —Ursula K. Le Guin
"It is not 'this is what I believe,' because that would not be a book, just a tract. A book is 'this may be what I believe, but suppose I am wrong...what could it be?'" R.I.P., Toni Morrison, 1931 - 2019. Read her complete 1993 Art of Fiction interview:
“I want to believe that the younger generation appreciates the beauty in the chaos and blur of translation, that they delight in extracting meaning from sounds that were perhaps once simply melted into the melody,” writes on poetry and . #BTS
Rest in peace, Philip Roth. “There has to be some pleasure in this job, and that’s it. To go around in disguise. To act a character. To pass oneself off as what one is not. To pretend. The sly and cunning masquerade.”
RIP Sam Shepard. “The most authentic endings are the ones which are already revolving towards another beginning.”