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Mine’s Not A Political Heart

Mine’s Not A Political Heart All of my childhood fantasies–icescapes with Alaskan cranes, treasure diving in the Black Sea–Putin has beat me to them. He drapes a medal over his shadow, then extradites the dead from purgatory. I live with this deadweight of humor and scorn until the humor burns out. I know my birthmarks […]

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Lost & Found: Adam Wilson on John Berryman’s Recovery

What is it about Recovery that’s so scary? And why, in our voyeuristic culture, where buzzwords like suicide and addiction spell entry into Oprah’s Book Club and tortured genius is the stuff of Best Adapted Screenplays, is no one reading this novel?

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EVERY DRUNK WANTS TO DIE SOBER IT’S HOW WE BEAT THE GAME

From the current issue, Rehab, a poem by Kaveh Akbar. EVERY DRUNK WANTS TO DIE SOBER IT’S HOW WE BEAT THE GAME   Hazrat Ali son-in-law of the prophet was martyred by a poisoned sword while saying his evening prayers his final words I am successful      I am successful I want to carve it […]

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About the Cover: Yang Cao

This issue’s cover artist, Yang Cao, focuses his paintings on the capricious nature of human emotion. He abstracts his realistic figures with crowns of clouds or he removes their heads altogether. The results are at once unsettling and relatable as the tone of each painting is uncertain and the audience is left to decipher the mood. The mercurial […]

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In Support of Violence

From the current issue, Issue 70, comes a poem from Christopher Soto. Two hundred Indian women killed their rapist on the courtroom floor of Nagpur in 2004. When Police tried to arrest lead perpetrators // the women responded “arrest us all.”   In this windowless room // where he poured acid & stole money // […]

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Knowing

Our newest issue has hit the newsstands. Here, from its pages, we are pleased to present a poem by Ruth Madievsky. KNOWING How does the tongue know how do the fingers know the leg the cunt the cable running from eye to nose this feeling like an empty illuminated office where a stockbroker is eating out […]

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Tin House Issue 70: Winter Reading

In case you missed it, Issue 70 was released late last week. Here with an introductory note from the past is our editor, Rob Spillman. As I am writing these words before the election, I do not know if the United States has elected a madman who has the potential to scorch all life from our planet. […]

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Awkward Positions: Promiscuous Notes

In our newest issue, Issue 69: Sex, Again?, we asked some of our favorite writers to describe some of their most awkward positions. The poet D. A. Powell was kind enough to respond with a rare foray into prose: Remember when you could just walk up to someone on the street and have sex with them? […]

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Ode to the Tampon

From Issue 66 Ode to the Tampon Inside-out clothing; queen’s robe; white-jacketed worker who clears the table prepared for the feast which goes uneaten; hospital orderly; straitjacket which takes into its folded wings the spirit of the uncapturable one; soldier’s coat; dry dock for the boat not taken; seeker of the red light of stars […]

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Philadelphia, Negro

    As we can’t get enough of Gregory Pardlo (his lecture, reading, and pants were some of the top highlights of our recently completed summer workshop), we thought we would revisit his poem from issue #54.  Philadelphia, Negro Alien-faced patriot in my Papa’s mirrored aviators that reflected a mind full of cloud keloids, the […]

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The Cat

Coop stepped forward and stood over the bag, his head cocked. “What the fuck did you do?” From our current Summer Reading issue, “The Cat” by Jackson Tobin We tumbled into Coop’s basement through the cellar door, tracking snow and stench from the putrid Backwoods cigars Fitz was always burning, mulch and sawdust rolled in […]

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Body Electric

From our current Summer Reading issue, “Body Electric” by Malerie Willens.  This person’s got a name, but let’s call her “you.” You pop into Butterwell Bakeshop after work, to huff the vapors of a thousand mille-feuilles. You eat a complimentary stub of zucchini bread from the basket on the counter while pretending to survey the […]

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John Clare: Mud Man Punk Rocker

from our current Summer Issue, Michael Dickman’s essay “John Clare: Mud Man Punk Rocker” apologies to M.O. These are the bands (listened to by me): D.R.I. Circle Jerks Suicidal Tendencies Minutemen The Cramps Minor Threat We’re just a Minor Threat! We’re just a Minor Threat! We’re just a Minor Threat! These are the bands (listened […]

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About the Cover: Kevin Sloan

Kevin Sloan’s allegorical paintings tell of the intersection of natural and man-made worlds. He aims to convey the darkness in this conflict and to create a sense of hope, illustrating a transitional world where, he says, “some things will be lost and others will continue on.” His art comes from “the tension between loss and […]

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HONEYMOON

From our current Summer Reading issue, Dorianne Laux’s “HONEYMOON.”   Dorianne Laux’s most recent collections are Facts about the Moon and The Book of Men. She teaches poetry in North Carolina Sate University’s MFA Program. 

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Issue #68: Summer Reading

Let this Summer Reading 2016 issue be a love letter to all of the fantastic indie bookstores and booksellers around the world. Those who took a chance on us when we first debuted in the spring of 1999, when “distribution” required hand delivering issues from the back of a beat-up old Audi, and to the bookstores today who continue to help sustain us.

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In the Massif Central

From the Faith issue, an excerpt from Michael Helm’s forthcoming novel After James, out from Tin House Books in September 2016. Since the summer Celia turned twelve her father had taken her on expeditions. He led teams of interchangeable members, opening plague pits in London, coring ice in Siberia, hose-blasting permafrost in the far north to find […]

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About the Cover: James R. Eads

Through his art, Eads expresses complex themes, such as the notion of an eternal soul and the passage of time. He gives the soul a physical form, suggesting “something inside us in between the heart and the mind.”

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Introducing Tin House Issue 67: FAITH

This month sees the release of our newest issue, the Faith issue. Read our Editor Rob Spillman’s introduction below, scope some hopefully tantalizing quotes, read a few excerpts online, and then buy the issue or—better yet—subscribe! We have faith you’ll make the right call. Samuel Beckett famously ended his novel The Unnamable “You must go on. I can’t […]

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The Jewel Heist

From our Theft Issue, the tables turn as Mary Higgins Clark gets robbed.  Eighteen years ago, I decided to insure my jewelry. I realized that over the years I had gradually accumulated valuable rings, necklaces, bracelets, and pins. The reason for my treasure trove was that every year when I turned in the latest book […]

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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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About the Cover: Martin Wittfooth

Anthropomorphized animals exist in the ruins of humankind as both victims and aggressors. They are a natural evolution of our wild nature.

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Issue #65: Theft

“Talent borrows, genius steals” is usually attributed to Oscar Wilde, and occasionally Pablo Picasso. There is, however, no record of either one actually saying or writing this. T. S. Eliot, on the other hand, wrote, “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, […]

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Ace House

We are thrilled to announce that Tin House is now the Gideons Bible of Ace Hotel. Look for our magazines in their Portland and Midtown Manhattan rooms.

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Issue #64: Summer Reading

Since our first issue, back in 1999, we have prided ourselves on recognizing new voices. It has been a thrill to discover writers such as Victor LaValle, Justin Torres, and Dylan Landis, and then to watch their careers unfold and blossom. It speaks well of the current literary climate that we are continually surprised and […]

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