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Trash Sold Out

Issue #13, Fall 2002

When contributing editor Dorothy Allison's first story collection, Trash, came out in 1988, it was a revelation. The autobiographical stories about "a cross-eyed working-class lesbian, addicted to violence, language, and hope" leaped off the page. The collection is being reissued this month, and Tin House is proud to publish "Compassion," a new story written for the new edition. We're also excited to run an excerpt from Richard Powers's new novel, The Time of Our Singing. Another contemporary master, Francine Prose, talks with our editor at large, Elissa Schappell, about her new book, The Lives of the Muses, the state of literature today (too many size queens), and bad sex.

Dylan Landis

RANA FEGRINA • She has never stood this close to a slut. She thought a slut would have yellow teeth.

Richard Powers

An excerpt from his upcoming novel, THE TIME OF OUR SINGING • She had that bruised, hothouse flower look, her face the color of spun sugar, trimmed by glossy black, unnervingly straight hair that fell in a pert Prince Valiant helmet.

Dorothy Allison

COMPASSION • 'Mama sits up late smoking dope and listening to Black Sabbath on the headphones. Acts like she's seventeen and nothing's changed in the world at all.'

Helen Schulman

THE INTERVIEW • In truth, her desirous nature had been one of the things that helped her rope in her husband--Dan's first wife had been more of a once-a-monther.

Ryan Harty

WHY THE SKY TURNS RED WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN • Why settle for a child who breaks down all the time when you can have a new one who won't?

Olena Kalytiak Davis

THE TRUE REPERTORY OF THE WRACK AND REDEMPTION OF SIR OLENA KALYTIAK DAVIS
YOU ART A SCHOLAR, HORATIO, SPEAK TO IT

Philip Metres

STOPPING BY KRISPY KREME

Monica Ferrell

THE LAST TIBERIUS
LAUDANUM

Karl Kirchwey

PHILADELPHIA ZOO

Daniel Tiffany

RED VELOCE
VIRTUOSO

Lisa Michaels

THE OLDEST LOVE IN NEW SHAPES • In the footsteps of thirteenth-century Sufi poet Rumi.

Francine Prose

Francine Prose talks with Elissa Schappell about muses, bad sex, and Yoko Ono.

Fiction
Margot Meyers

CIRCA • He strews the names of discreet, sophisticated women throughout their conversation, encouraging her to take one as a lover.

Shannon Welch

Poetry
PLANETARIUM

Cynthia Kaplan

on James Thurber's The 13 Clocks, the master satirist's ostensible children's book about an evil duke.

Gerald Howard

on James Leigh's novel What Can You Do? a seamless conflation of French sex farce, English antihero comedy, and American coming-of-age novel.

Julia Bryan-Wilson

on I See/You Mean by Lucy Lippard, a 70s experimental novel that reads like your hippie aunt's psychadelic sex diary.

Michelle Wildgen

on Lillian Hellman and Peter Feibleman's cookbook, Eating Together, an extended, affectionate culinary argument that's pure Hellman.

Karen Karbo

on Carolyn See's Rhine Maidens, a timeless 1981 mother-daughter double narrative, set in southern California, that depicts familial angst with edginess, expertise, and a wit to rival Lorrie Moore.

Sara Roahen

DRINKING MY INHERITANCE • Brandy old-fashioneds: THE Wisconsin cocktail.

Lynne Sampson

A SEASON IN ELK COUNTRY • Rare and wild, Oregon's elk meat is a cult unto itself.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal

VIRUS WARNING • Crashing your computer is only the beginning.