July/August 1999

July/August 1999

Our cover story is a profile of Michael Cunningham, interviewed six months after the publication of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Hours.

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The Difference a Day Makes: After Hours With Michael Cunningham

by David Bahr
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A profile of Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham.

Suburban Inferno: The Divine Comedy of A. M. Homes

by Fran Gordon
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A profile of the novelist and discussion of her book Music for Torching.

Chance Encounter: A Visit With Paul Auster

by Sandy Asirvatham
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A profile of the author of Timbuktu, among other novels.

A Distant Episode: In Tangier With Paul Bowles

by Stephen Morison Jr.
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A final interview with the author of The Sheltering Sky.

News and Trends

The Importance of Being Ernest

by Peter Nickowitz
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On the publication of True at First Light, a posthumous work by Ernest Hemingway.

Report From the Literary Trenches

by Dennis Held
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The Literary Journal Institute offers editors a chance to talk face-to-face about survival strategies for literary magazines.

Lilith Fair Takes Writers on Tour

by Lauren Sanders
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Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair debuts a program to highlight books by female authors in the United States and Canada.

Fence Magazine Survives First Year

by Suzan Sherman
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The literary journal of innovative poetry, fiction, criticism, and art celebrates its first anniversary.

The Practical Writer

The Culture of Competition: The Scoop on Poetry First-Book Awards

by James Waller
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A look at first book awards—the prizes, judges, winners, and nature of the competition.

The Literary Life

The Lingerie Theory of Narration: Victoria's Secret Revealed

by Julie Checkoway
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Strategies for slowly uncovering story.