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Online Only, posted 12.16.14
It’s still early morning as I make my way by taxi across Cape Town, traveling from our ship in the harbor to the Artscape Theatre Center on the Foreshore. It’s a sharp, blue-sky day in late March.
A songwriter responds to literature—such as stories by Jonathan Lethem and George Saunders—with music, carrying the creative conversation across art forms.
“My work is a lifelong celebration of futility.” Artist Roman Muradov, designer of this issue’s cover, discusses his various wells of inspiration, his relationship to the written word, and the importance of doing nothing.
A writer and workshop instructor grapples with what he sees as an increasing resistance toward the work of established authors among writing students.
Novelist Eleanor Henderson discusses the beauty and necessity of backstory in fiction, offering a counterpoint to a previously published article in which novelist Benjamin Percy warned writers about the dangers of backstory.
Essayist Elena Passarello presents "Point Sublime: Research and Uncertainty in the Literary Essay" as part of the Craft Capsules portion of Poets & Writers Live in Portland, Oregon, on October 17, 2015
Fiction writer Leni Zumas presents "In Praise of Debris: On Using Shards, Dregs, and Detritus in Fiction" as part of the Craft Capsules portion of Poets & Writers Live in Portland, Oregon, on October 17, 2015.
Poet Matthew Dickman presents "Skinheads, Suicide, and Government Assistance: Why Subjects Don't Make Poets Into Heroes" as part of the Craft Capsules portion of Poets & Writers Live in Portland, Oregon, on October 17, 2015.