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Continuing our formula of having no formula, Issue 3 features a previously unpublished interview with the satirist Dawn Powell, the brilliant chronicler of bohemian New York from the thirties through the sixties. There are also profiles of blacklisted writer John Sanford and Mian Mian, mainland China’s underground literary sensation whose transgressive writing about sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll has caused her to be dubbed the Poster Child for Spiritual Pollution. Tin House 3 offers nothing millennial, but does contain profound meditations on mortality by poet Yehuda Amichai, a chilling story by Amy Hempel, and possibly the only thing that could unite Jane Austen, Alice B. Toklas and Erskine Caldwell—apple pie. The cover story, “The Devil is a Poet,” is by one of this century’s most fabulous poets and essayists, Charles Simic, who undertakes a pilgrimage into the heart of Hieronymus Bosch’s Temptation of Saint Anthony, divining the comedy and horror inherent in art, poetry, and faith.
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