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Lost & Found: Stacy Carlson on Christiane Ritter

As winter presses on, we offer a literary journey to the northern fjords of Spitsbergen, in hopes that you will feel warmer upon your return. This piece, written by Stacy Carlson, first appeared in Issue 49, The Ecstatic.  I never doubted my vocation as a writer until I set foot in the Far North. I stepped […]

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Lost & Found: Jon Raymond on Saul Bellow

Jon Raymond on Bellow’s last novel.

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Lost & Found: Tana Wojczuk on Alan Sillitoe

I had been running away, feeling useless under the malarial symptoms of my first semester at college: alternately giddy and nauseated, my gut churning from several indigestible love affairs I’d left behind in Oregon. Sick of myself and all my self-referential classmates, I bounced restlessly around my parents’ house looking for something to moor myself […]

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A Dark Dreambox of Another Kind

Alfred Starr Hamilton (1914-2000), whose poetry has just been resurrected by The Song Cave in the collection A Dark Dreambox of Another Kind, is an embodiment of a recognizable fringe, the outsider artist. The outsider, a familiar if not always friendly creature, is often little unhinged; she—I take up the feminine pronoun in honor of […]

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Lost & Found: Don Waters on Iain Banks

I was twelve years old when I saw a man nearly die.  At the time I lived in downtown Reno, on a city block near a porn theater, pawnshops, boarding houses, and casino lights.  When I wasn’t visiting my mother in the downtown jail—where she worked—I stayed close to home, exploring and inventing and wondering, […]

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Lost & Found: Jessica Handler on The Georgia Wonder

At thirteen, what I craved more than a boyfriend or a trim body was an aura of mystery. At a slumber party, I once captivated an audience by standing in a doorway and pressing my hands hard against the frame. When I stepped forward, my arms floated upward of their own accord. My friends had […]

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Lost & Found: Michelle Wildgen on Burt Reynolds

Burt Reynolds can often be found in wrestling singlet or head-to-toe denim, gazing skyward and guffawing at his dizzying good fortune. He has his soulful moments, too. He likes to peer out a window, bare-chested and holding a highball. I suspect he may have been mentally preparing himself for the final photos, which display him—nude but for a ranger’s hat and cigarillo clamped between his teeth—astride a hand-shaped chair.

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Lost & Found: Justin Taylor on G. K. Chesterton

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Lost & Found: Geoff Nicholoson on Carradine

Was Carradine really so desperate for money or attention that he had to make nice with a bunch of rubbernecking plebs? Apparently not. He didn’t make nice at all. He sat there doing a crossword, head and eyes down, oozing hostility, daring anyone to approach.

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Lost & Found: Aaron Hamburger on Sholem Asch

What struck me most about Three Cities was its core philosophy, that anti-Semitism is a non-Jewish problem. “In every drop of the ocean all the attributes of the whole ocean are contained, for the ocean consists of drops,” says one of the novel’s characters, according to a Talmudic saying. Similarly, for Asch, the fate of the lowest tier of Russian society, the Jews, becomes a barometer for the viability of an entire nation. Time and time again, by screwing the Jews, Russia’s leaders end up screwing themselves.

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Lost & Found: Tom Grimes on Norman Mailer

Tom Grimes on Norman Mailer’s Miami and the Siege of Chicago

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Lost & Found: David Naimon on Philip Roth

L&F: Philip Roth

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Lost & Found: Janet Fitch on Samantha Dunn

Janet Finch on Samantha Dunn’s Failing Paris

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Lost & Found: Jonathan Lethem on Daniel Fuchs

Jonathan Lethem on Daniel Fuch’s Williamsburg Trilogy

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Lost & Found: Anderson Tepper on Clarice Lispector

Anderson Tepper on Clarice Lispector’s Near to the Wild Heart

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Lost & Found: Elisa Albert on Elaine Dundy

Elisa Albert on Elaine Dundy’s The Dud Avocado

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Lost & Found: Sara Roahen on Robert Farrar Capon

“Lamb for Eight Persons Four Times is not simply a recipe. It is a way of life,” Capon writes, convincing me again and again that as long as we remember to cook with economy and a full spirit, we’re going to be okay.

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Lost & Found: David Gates on Dolly Freed

David Gates introduced us to Dolly Freed’s cult classic of way,-way-off-the-grid living, Possum Living, back in our first issue. We liked the book so much we ended up reissuing it. Here’s David’s original paean to Possum. I found Dolly Freed’s Possum Living (Universe Books, 1978) in the attic of the fixer-upper farmhouse I bought in […]

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Lost & Found: Hugh Ryan on Richard Halliburton

When, in my reading, I found hints of a gay man born in 1900 who swam the Panama Canal, crossed the Alps on an elephant, and made the first recorded winter ascent on Mount Fuji, I was determined to read every word he’d written.

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Lost & Found: Helen Schulman on Jerome Badanes

Instead of the cliché of a picture-perfect Sabbath dinner disrupted by storm troopers, Badanes paints a rich and disturbing portrait of an already tattered family further unraveling as it faces annihilation.

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Lost & Found: Jim Shepard on Maria Beig

When she debuted, with her first novel, Raven’s Croak (!), she was a sixty-two-year-old retired knitting teacher from a rural backwater.

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Lost & Found: Steve Almond on Michael J. Arlen

We’re back today from the Tin House Writer’s Workshop and feeling a bit like kids fresh off the bus from summer camp: smarter, braver, and already wistful for the quesadillas in the Reed cafeteria the time we spent immersed in this thing we most love with some of our favorite people who love it, too. […]

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Lost & Found: Alice Elliott Dark on Jane Bowles

Alice Elliott Dark offers a masterclass on Jane Bowles’s short story “A Stick of Green Candy” in this Lost & Found from Tin House #12. It is hard to write well about children. Most often, we portray them as prototypes of ourselves; we trace who we are back to that smaller version of us, the […]

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Lost & Found: Hugh Ryan on W.B. Seabrook

Hugh Ryan introduces us to the zombie’s first cameo in American literary consciousness–and to an author whose life story rivals that of the undead for drama–in this Lost & Found on adventurer, occultist, and discerning cannibal W. B. Seabrook’s The Magic Island. I’m a sucker for a good monster-origin story.  What’s Cujo with the rabies, […]

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Lost & Found: Tonaya Thompson on Sylvia Browne

Tonaya Thomspon proffers a vision of Sylvia Browne, said psychic’s 500-year-old “Aztec/Inca” spirit guide Francine, and her best ghost hunting advice (“NO ALCOHOL OR DRUGS BEFORE OR DURING TRANCE.”) in this Lost & Found from Tin House #47: The Mysterious. I discovered Sylvia Browne in the early nineties, after dropping out of my first try […]

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