It is impossible for the heart not to leap when the formidable storywriter Antonya Nelson delivers “iff,” once again showing why she is one of the masters of the short form. Then there is Ben Marcus, who, in true literary-convention-spanking style presents us with “The Moors,” in which he blatantly ignores Fiction Rule Number 12: It is impossible to write a thirty-seven page story about a hapless man tied in knots over what to say to a colleague as they arrive at the coffee station at the same time. One would have to be made of ice not to succumb to the dark charms of the irrepressible novelist Amélie Nothomb–imagine Marguerite Dura’s precocious, perversely funny little sister. We hope that you will be as seduced as we were by Paris Editor Heather Hartley’s interview with the author–along with an excerpt from her newly translated novel, Hygiene and the Assassin. If reading new poetry from Michael Dickman, Dorianne Laux, and D. Nurske doesn’t make you crow with joy over the state of modern American poetry, well, we can give you the address of a nice little booby hatch in upstate New York. If that wasn’t enough, we’re throwing in a puzzle where you, dear reader, along with a friend, can rewrite Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
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