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Lost & Found: Cassandra Cleghorn on Kenneth Patchen’s Jazz Collaborations

“The Murder of Two Men by a Young Kid Wearing Lemon-colored Gloves” is to my mind one of the few instances of music and poetry perfectly integrated—by which I mean that in this piece, poem and music are maximally in contact, both with and against one another. This collaboration between Patchen and composer and band leader Allyn Ferguson is a revelation, anticipating Robert Creeley’s interplay with bassist Steve Swallow almost 50 years later. But where Creeley’s pre-recorded poems were digitally retrofitted into Swallow’s soundtrack, Patchen performed his poems live and in the studio with horns blazing. Listening to this deep cut is for me a continuous shock and thrill–a reminder of what’s possible when poets close their eyes and keep their ears wide open.

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Wreck and Order: An Excerpt

We stumbled into a stranger’s party and danced until dawn and skinny-dipped in the ocean under a huge orange moon and set out on bikes with beer and sandwiches, riding equestrian trails through woods that led to sea cliffs, taking breaks to have sex in eucalyptus groves. Here was an answer to the question of what to do with my life.

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Lost & Found: Shane Danaher on Sterling Hayden

He starred in more lousy movies; he married and divorced; he fought with his wife for custody of their children. He drank. By 1959 he had had enough. With a schooner purchased on loan from Paramount, and a tenuous legal claim to his four, elementary-school aged progeny, he set sail for Tahiti.

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Legs

  They sat on the linoleum floor, the two of them. His watch was the only thing moving. Through the small window above the sink the rising sun was bleaching the room white. The sound of a garbage truck, a man calling his dog, newspapers hitting doorsteps. Her long, bare legs were out in front […]

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Spring 2016 Tin House Craft Intensives

Come hone your craft and get inspired with our Tin House Craft Intensives in Brooklyn! Master the micro-essay with Ann Hood in Flash Essay.  Discover what you know about what you don’t know with Darcey Steinke in The Writer’s Journal. Plumb the depths of your writing’s mysteries with Alexandra Kleeman in The Unknown. And see […]

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The Sleep Garden: An Interview with Jim Krusoe

“I like it when books don’t reveal themselves all at once.”

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Birthday

My wife still wouldn’t leave her room so I had to take the afternoon off to bring Buster into the vet. At home the dog was hungry and all the lights were off. There were two more sympathy cards in the mail. I threw them away. Buster was tearing ass around the house and wanted […]

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Like Horns on a Skull: An Interview with Carey McHugh

The taxidermist will mold, skin, gut, preserve, reassemble, and mount a creature, usually with the goal of making it look the way it did when it was alive. The final product can serve a variety of purposes—amusement, utility, education, and in terms of taxidermied pets, nostalgia: it helps preserve emotional connection. Carey McHugh manages the […]

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Happy Holidays!

All the best, from our ski bunnies to yours. We’ll see you back on the Open Bar in the new year. –Eds.

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Ice Cream in Gaza

This story appears in Extraordinary Rendition: (American) Writers on Palestine, edited by Ru Freeman. Red wool, and falsely brightened, since we need the help.      A child because      the chambers of the heart will hold so little. —Still Life, Linda Gregerson   There was once. A little girl named Lala lived with […]

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Best of 2015: Movies, TV, and the Rest

Now that our Best of 2015 list of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and music is over, Tin House goes to the movies! By which we obviously mean “watches Netflix at home.” And also art galleries, rallies, and arcades. Look, there was only one day left in the week: Matthew Dickman: When you are hung-over-as-fuck the morning of […]

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Best of 2015: Poetry

We’ve already gone over our favorite nonfiction and fiction of 2015, so now it’s time for poetry. Most of our staff lives in Portland, Oregon, where you can’t throw a rock without hitting two different poetry events, so we know from poetry. In July, one of those poetry events is our Tin House Writer’s Workshop, […]

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Best Of 2015: Fiction

Round two of our Best Of lists, and today it’s all about fiction. 2015 offered a lot of reasons to want to retreat into fictional worlds and satirical distortions. But sometimes a novel is the kind of funhouse mirror that you gradually realize isn’t distorted at all—it’s just reflecting the monstrous state of the real world. […]

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Best of 2015: Nonfiction

Somehow, another year is almost over. We thought we’d take this week to look back on 2015 and marvel at its greatest hits, genre by genre. Today: nonfiction. As our Editor Rob Spillman says, for something to be “best of 2015,” it needs to the the thing that upsets us the most, that throws us […]

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About the Cover: Inga Poslitur

As this issue hits newsstands, a number of spawning salmon travel upstream. In “Waking Early Sunday Morning,” Robert Lowell describes them rushing over one another, “nosing up to the impossible / stone and bone-crushing waterfall.” The rivers are a flush of clamoring red. In our cover art, artist Inga Poslitur parallels this difficult journey with […]

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Issue #66: Winter Reading

Claire Vaye Watkins, Dorothy Allison, Andrea Barrett, Patrick DeWitt, and more, in Tin House #66: Winter Reading

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Tryptophan Is Here to Stay

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We, Robots: An Excerpt

An excerpt from Curtis White’s We, Robots: Staying Human in the Age of Big Data (Melville House) REALITY ANXIETY DISORDER My own preferred point of philosophical reference for resolving the supposed incompatibility of reality and artifice is French philosopher Paul Ricoeur’s magnificent Time and Narrative, Volume I. It is an imposing work, but its ideas are […]

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Remembering Josh Goldfaden

This week, everyone at Tin House magazine and Tin House Books was extremely saddened to hear of the death of writer Josh Goldfaden, about fifty years too soon. Tin House Books published Josh’s story collection, Human Resources, in 2007, and I was lucky to be the editor who worked with Josh on those stories. I […]

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Tumult’s Instruments: An Interview with Elizabeth Tallent

You’ve got a large part of your brain acting as a lethally efficient negation factory, and you’ve got intuitions and impulses making their first shy appearance, and the problem is how to keep these alive long enough to discover what they can turn into.

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Simon and Mr. Garfunkel

  We weren’t used to our teachers being famous. Instead of an apple, Mr. Garfunkel kept a Grammy on his desk. Still, every class quickly learns to play its teacher like a Rickenbacker. You hear about the ones who drone on because they love the sound of their own voice, but you don’t usually hear […]

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A Supposedly Fun Literary Guide I Will Never Do Again

Hello! I have been asked to write a “Literary Field Guide to Portland” in honor of the many literary types who will be visiting our city during the exciting Wordstock weekend. Portland is home to many fine authors, several of whom you have probably heard of (but most likely have never read. Unless it was […]

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My Uniform

Cheryl Strayed will be speaking with Diana Nyad at Wordstock on November 7th. For now, enjoy her mini-essay from our Memory Issue. There’s a pair of pants I wore almost every day for the first five years I knew my husband. They were what I like to call sport pants, which differ from all-out sweatpants (or yoga […]

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Five Questions for Benjamin Percy

In celebration of Wordstock Week on the Open Bar, we asked author Benjamin Percy five questions about reading and writing. Percy takes the festival stage for Stranger Than Fiction: Based on a True Story at 1:00 on November 7th; we encourage you to bring and throw peanut butter toast. Tin House: What’s your best reading memory from your […]

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“Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?”

Fiction: Imagination working on experience.

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