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Issue #1, Spring 1999
Welcome to our house. Let us show you around the pad. The name Tin House comes from our Portland office, a Victorian house literally covered in tin, a strangely arresting landmark, a Modigliani in a neighborhood of Hoppers. Tin House is a similar oddity, a literary magazine with a mission to be readable, even interesting. We're a bi-coastal, international magazine with contributing editors scattered from San Francisco to Santiago, from Edinburgh to New York. Tin House is a haven for writers and readers who are unconcerned with the latest or the trendiest, a safe house for the most provocative and engaging writing. Along with poetry and fiction, look for regular columns on food and drink, pilgrimages to the sacred and profane, profiles and interviews with literary and non-literary heroes, satire, and a section from writers to champion their favorite underappreciated authors and out-of-print books, as well as portfolios from visionary photographers and artists. Our staff and contributors are geographically scattered, varied in their interests, but united by the conviction that good writing can change your life, that authentic writing is still the purest form of intellectual engagement.
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Ron Carlson, Stuart Dybek, David Foster Wallace, James Kelman
THE CLICKER AT TIPS • I was gladdened to be wrong, sitting there so wrong, waiting for this fine young man.
FICTION • I wanted to tell you a story without telling the story.
ON HIS DEATHBED, HOLDING YOUR HAND, THE ACCLAIMED NEW YOUNG OFF-BROADWAY PLAYWRIGHT'S FATHER BEGS A BOON • Listen: I did despise him. I do.
YEH, THESE STAGES • ...on a sort of downside keel, no wind, just drifting about with the sails slack, not knowing fuck all...
Christina Chiu, Michael Hainey
AUTUMN COMES TO CHICAGO
Nuar Alsadir, Charles Simic, C.K. Williams, Agha Shahid Ali, Joanna Goodman, Philip Fried, Ales Debeljak, trans. Christopher Merrill, Anne-Marie Levine
INTERROGATING MR. WORM
INDIAN SUMMER AT SPRING LAKE
Christopher Merrill, Alberto Fuguet
PETER MATTHIESSEN: UNLETTERED ELOQUENCE; THE LOST RIVER TRILOGY • The last word on the epic trilogy by the acclaimed writer and adventurer.
ARIEL DORFMAN: CONFESSIONS OF AN UNREPENTANT EXILE • The prominent young Chilean novelist during the week of Pinochet's arrest in London.
REPARATIONS SPOKEN HERE? • In a quest for fiscal and psychic reparations, the novelist returns to Poland with family members who survived the Holocaust.
Rick Moody, Angelica Garnett, Richard McCann, Ariel Dorfman
FRACTAL LOVE OF BRIAN ENO • The author of The Ice Storm and Purple America creates an Eno-inspired computer program to shuffle his impressions and homages to the musician whose work transcends categorization.
THE HOURS • The niece of Virginia Woolf, on Michael Cunningham's Woolf-inspired novel The Hours.
THE RESURRECTIONIST • The shadow life of the author's donated liver.
ON ROMAN POLANSKI'S ON-SET OBSESSIONS • The author watches Planski's painstaking preparation for filming the adaptation of Dorfman's second play 'Death and the Maiden.'
Lost & Found:
Francine Prose, Fran Gordon, Helen Schulman, Rachel Resnick, Jim Lewis, David Gates
ON REBECCA WEST'S NUREMBERG TRIAL COVERAGE, Greenhouse for Cyclamens
ON CULT SHORT STORY WRITER KATE BRAVERMAN
ON JEROME BADANES'S LOST CLASSIC The Final Opus of Leon Solomon
ON NELL DUNN'S 60's BRIT ROMP, Up the Junction
ON THE LBJ-INSPIRED The Gay Life
ON THE WILD SURVIVALIST TRACT Possum Living
A Readable Feast:
GRANDMAMAN'S POKER DAY • An excerpt from the noted Egyptian/French food writer's 'Memories of a Lost Egypt; A Memoir with Recipes.'
The Last Word:
TIN HOUSE'S NEXT TEN (OR SO) YEARS • The fantastic future of Tin House