In this issue:
Art & Resistance Amid Turmoil
Troy Jollimore on how Wallace Shawn’s plays and his latest book, Night Thoughts, illuminate our predicament
Robin Romm on what Imre Kertész can teach us about art as resistance
T.J. Stiles on the road we travelled to arrive at this precarious moment
Andrew Tonkovich on “free persons,” and the risks writers must take
Dana Johnson’s “Like Other People”: In desperate need of a job, a graduate student takes a job cleaning cable boxes, working with folks also hard up for work.
Kristopher Jansma’s “The Corps of Discovery”: On a long road trip with his father, a middle-school history teacher considers Lewis & Clark, loss, and how no matter how much you prepare, “there were things you couldn’t reasonably expect to be prepared for.”
Krys Lee’s “The Jungle”: The trees and the vines have long received the terrified and the wretched; their plight does not go unnoticed.
Mackenzie Evan Smith’s “The Wet Continent”: “I have not set toe on a sailboat in more than a decade. I don’t know the last time I touched the ocean. … I think I am happier now. Am I really?”
Plus an excerpt from Dorthe Nors’s upcoming novel, Mirror, Shoulder, Signal
Victoria Chang, David Hernandez, Ruth Madievsky and Dean Rader on the topic of resistance; plus new poems from Judy Halebsky, Auzelle Epeneter, Bino A. Realuyo, Noah Warren, Christina Olson, and Jenny Xie
Over a home-cooked meal, a boisterous conversation between Matt Sumell and Michelle Latiolais about mentoring, anger, rescue dogs, and what it means to write for a living.
Jenny Sampson’s tintypes of California skaters
Custom cover design & illustration by Josh Korwin