Issue 60

Summer Reading

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Nick Flynn / Adam Johnson / Joan Silber
Editor's Note

The writer’s job is not simply to make the reader look at the world differently, but experience it in a new way. E.L. Doctorow says, “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining but the feeling of being rained on.” In their stories, Jamie Quatro, Ken Calhoun, and Joan Silber take you inside three wonderfully strange families, bathing us in details that make us feel as if we are with them. That rain isn’t always a gentle summer shower. Sometimes it’s a storm. This is what Adam Johnson does in his artful and disturbing short story, “Dark Meadow.” In the simplest terms, the story is about child pornography. Yet Johnson, who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Orphan Master’s Son, moves beyond the sensationalism of the conceit and into the deeper realm of empathy and pathos, which is the stuff of true art. I am proud that we are publishing it.

Wherever you are reading this—on the beach, in a field of flowers, on the subway, sneaking it at the office—we hope that you have moments where time stops and art takes over.

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Table of Contents


Jamie Quatro
Bedtime Story
Jess Row
The Ax
Joan Silber
About My Aunt
Manuel Gonzales
When We Realize We Are Broke
Jonathan Lee
Before the Bombing
Kenneth Calhoun
Primal Scenes
Adam Johnson
Dark Meadow
Antonio Tabucchi
translated by Martha Cooley and Antonio Romani


Morgan Parker
Poem Made of Empty Prescription Bottles from the Garbage in Front of Bill Murray’s House
Matthew Rohrer
Monica McClure
White Girl Wasted
Rebecca Wadlinger
A Highly Pleasurable Feeling
Communal Brains
Nick Flynn
Once the Elephant Is Gone
The Incomprehensibility
Meg Freitag
A Course in Miracles
What Small Death Shines Up from the Dirt
Francesca Chabrier
from The Axioms
Michael McGriff
Walking the Property Line
I Am an Ox in the Year of the Horse

New Voice Poetry

Will Butler
Oyster Bar
Jen Levitt
Lena Dunham’s Girls
Modern Poem


Kent Russell
Greet the Enemy
Wayne Koestenbaum
Odd Secrets of the Line


Karl Ove Knausgaard

Lost & Found

Aaron Hamburger
On Frank Sargeson’s The Collected Stories of Frank Sargeson
Mesha Maren
On Maryse Holder’s Give Sorrow Words
Shawn Vandor
On Norman Mailer’s Of a Fire on the Moon
Heather Hartley
On Sophia Loren’s In the Kitchen with Love
Katie Arnold-Ratliff
On Tess Slesinger’s On Being Told That Her Second Husband Has Taken His First Lover

Readable Feast

Elizabeth Reichert
Who’s Afraid of Boeuf En Daube?