“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.
A precarious attempt to swim across the Hudson River helps a fiction writer explore the pathways of plot—through shifting currents, pain and exhaustion, and an unanticipated twist.
Poetry books to gift this holiday season; Anne Frank poem sells for $148,000; feminist InstaPoets; and other news.
NaNoWriMo advice; contemporary novelists on recreating the the 1980s; Murakami on embracing one’s inner darkness; and other news.
Witches as bodily translations of fear; Fanny Howe on religion and race; a tour of Marlon James’s Minneapolis loft; and other news.
Kurt Vonnegut once called Bob Dylan the “worst poet alive”; comedy writers teach Google’s A.I. how to tell jokes; the original vampire novel; and other news.
On posthumous poetry collections; two new books address attention in the digital world; Swedish Academy unable to reach Bob Dylan; and other news.