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Bottoms Up

There was a noticeable buzz (and a few hoots) in the office yesterday as we learned that Namwali Serpell had been chosen as the winner of the 2015 Cain Prize. Namwali contributed one of the more memorable stories in recent memory for our Science Fair issue. “Bottoms Up” tells the story of, well………just give the first few lines […]

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Mirror, Mirror: A Guide to Pathos

From our 50th Issue, Crystal Williams navigates our culture’s notions of beauty and race.  Mirror, Mirror: A Guide to Pathos I. I have a friend whose voice changes when he talks about his wife. Each time he says her name, it moves from hard to wispy. Sometimes he whispers, “beautiful,” and it is not awe […]

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Lost and Found: Cheston Knapp On C. P. Snow and John Brockman

From our Science Fair issue, Cheston Knapp on C. P. Snow’s The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution and John Brockman’s The Third Culture: Beyond the Scientific Revolution. I was born into a house divided. In college, Mom studied history and English, and Dad did biology. Growing up, when we needed help with our homework, […]

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When I Was About Your Age

 From our Memory Issue, a poem by Caroline Knox. When I was about your age, ffff my great aunt, who was the librarian of Vassar College, gave me an old navy-blue book, The Oxford Book of English Verse. It was from 1942. Back then, it was amazing that a girl could have a major librarian […]

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Existential Scavenger Hunt

From Issue 44 aaaa Existential Scavenger Hunt aaaa Salt Lake City, I love yr Mormon versions of my favorite gay men, tailored to make me nostalgic for pussy & God!                   Both come in hundreds of flavors—cowboy, purple-haired, crying   at a Sex Pistols concert. I could have loved them all. The purple-haired one tasted […]

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Oyster Bar

As we get set to welcome Will Butler to Portland this Sunday, we thought we’d share his contribution to last year’s Summer issue.   Oyster Bar A businessman blowing an octopus for the pure taste of the sea. A glad man eats a writhing fish— fingernails scrape out a cheek. Through a cut in the […]

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2015 Winner of The Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Gregory Pardlo

Everyone here at Tin House is excited to give a giant congratulations to Gregory Pardlo upon the announcement of his book “Digest” receiving the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. We were honored to publish his poem “Philadelphia, Negro” in our 2012 Winter issue.   Philadelphia, Negro   Alien-faced patriot in my Papa’s mirrored aviators that reflected a […]

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Lost and Found, Eduardo Galeano

We were sad to hear of Eduardo Galeano’s death on Monday. He both described and shaped the cultural landscape of our hemisphere and our planet, and we are lucky to have those maps he left us in the form of journalism, novels, and poetry. Here, from Issue 37, is one of those in both English […]

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The Wild What

From our Science Fair issue, an amateur astronomer daydreams about constellations and lets her imagination run rampant. Bright star, you’re a gas!   Several centuries ago the stars reconstellated into figures more relevant to the times. The Earth had been industrializing, mechanizing, electrifying, while the stars were still trotting out swans and goats and bears […]

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Dimension 5

From our Science Fair issue, Donna Hunt dons an identity crisis. Dimension 5 ddd In this dimension you are not in love with me anymore. I wish it were another. In infinite dimensions you are not in love with me. Those donnas handle it better. Other donnas accept the cycles of relationships. Some donnas dye […]

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The Rapture

From issue #44, Christopher DeWeese gets all puritan on us. The Rapture When they take all the lovers out of this park only you and I will be left as well as the flowers. We won’t be bewildered: we’ll ransack picnics, thousands of them until darkness touches everything at once, a perfume only poor women […]

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Lost & Found: Nick Obourn on Jack Black

From our Hope/Dread issue, a look at the autobiography of a career hobo who lied, cheated, and stole his way across America. For one year, I was the only employee of a small, quiet shop in Portland, Oregon, that specialized in rare and academic books. The job had many perks: a world of esoteric information […]

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The King Won’t Kill Me

From issue 46, Winter Reading. gg   The King Won’t Kill Me gggg today. He’s cleared the court, torn up the last treaty, trounced the villages bordering the empire’s southern- most state, shackled their dark denizens and given the hundred skinniest to split among his governors. I wore shackles once on a boat across the […]

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To Psychic Underworld

From our 2010 Winter Reading issue (#46), Dan Chaon’s To Psychic Underworld. Critter was standing outside the public library with his one-year-old daughter in his arms when he saw a dollar bill on the sidewalk. It came fluttering by, right next to his tennis shoe, carried by the wind along with a leaf. He hesitated […]

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Tomato Pie

All of us at Tin House were thrilled to hear the news that Ann Hood’s essay “Tomato Pie” was included in the 2014 Best Food Writing collection. First appearing in our Memory issue, the essay concludes with a wonderful recipe that most of our staff indulged in over the summer. This includes Tin House executive editor […]

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Animati

From our 2010 Summer issue (#44), Paul Griner’s “Animati.” We were going to surprise him from the closet. He was going to be surprised when we jumped out, there was no doubt about that. He was just a temporary extension of us, and besides, we’d told him we couldn’t come. It was dark, and our […]

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Paradise

Tin House is thrilled to congratulate the poet Jay Nebel for recieving the 2014 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. Chosen by poet Gerald Stern, Nebel’s book “Neighbors” is a guide to the underworld of neighborhoods, family life, friendship and addiction. These poems are full of the blood and guts that make up our smallest interactions as […]

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Texas, Being

where blind catfish cruise / limestone caverns // from deeper we drink / while a man sweets tea

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Poem for Wine

We’re all emerging from whatever reclusive hole we burrowed into after the end of our Writer’s Workshop, facing the light of day with bleary eyes, wondering who these strangers are who walk the streets. When we close our eyes, though, we still see visions of debauchery and beauty in equal measure. We’ll let workshop faculty […]

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The Sadness of the Yankees Fan

During yesterday’s fourth straight loss for the New York Yankees, we were reminded of this David Shields poem, from Issue 43, Games People Play. May the “gorgeous dream” never die . . .   THE SADNESS OF THE YANKEES FAN   The sadness of the Yankees fan lies in his knowledge that his gorgeous dream […]

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Who Needs Us?

A rather gloomy spring day here in Portland has us going back to an essential question, last asked by Dorianne Laux in Issue 42. ggg Who Needs Us? hhhh The quiet, the bitter, the bereaved, the going forth of us, the coming home, the drag and pull of us, the tome and teem and tensile […]

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Two by Charles Wright

Today, the Library of Congress names Charles Wright as the new Poet Laureate of the United States. In honor of Charles’ well-deserved title, here are two of his poems from Issue 39, Appetites. ONLY THE I CHING HEXAGRAMS ARE LACKING   Unlike despair, happiness knows no final answer. As one who has carried discontent Like […]

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Total Utter Madness: A Story of Soccer

As Thursday brings us the the 20th installment of the World Cup, we look back on writer Michael J. Agovino’s personal history with the sport that will come to dominate global discussions for the next month.

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Essay on Urban Homesteading, a Poem

A poem from the Wild issue.

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The Order of Things

From Issue 49, The Ecstatic, Jay Nebel speaks of the spiders we often find within the predictable order of things. I hate spiders. There, I’ve said it. I hate walking face and teeth and nose into their webs while they spin and wrap and suck the blood out of flies. My mother brushes them into […]

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