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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, Richard Powers, Dorothy Allison, Helen Schulman, Ryan Harty
RANA FEGRINA • She has never stood this close to a slut. She thought a slut would have yellow teeth.
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.
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.'
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.
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, Philip Metres, Monica Ferrell, Karl Kirchwey, Guiseppe Ungaretti, translated by Andrew Frisardi, Daniel Tiffany
THE TRUE REPERTORY OF THE WRACK AND REDEMPTION OF SIR OLENA KALYTIAK DAVIS
YOU ART A SCHOLAR, HORATIO, SPEAK TO IT
THE LAST TIBERIUS
THE OLDEST LOVE IN NEW SHAPES • In the footsteps of thirteenth-century Sufi poet Rumi.
Francine Prose talks with Elissa Schappell about muses, bad sex, and Yoko Ono.
Margot Meyers, Shannon Welch
CIRCA • He strews the names of discreet, sophisticated women throughout their conversation, encouraging her to take one as a lover.
Lost & Found:
Cynthia Kaplan, Gerald Howard, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Michelle Wildgen, Karen Karbo
on James Thurber's The 13 Clocks, the master satirist's ostensible children's book about an evil duke.
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.
on I See/You Mean by Lucy Lippard, a 70s experimental novel that reads like your hippie aunt's psychadelic sex diary.
on Lillian Hellman and Peter Feibleman's cookbook, Eating Together, an extended, affectionate culinary argument that's pure Hellman.
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.
DRINKING MY INHERITANCE • Brandy old-fashioneds: THE Wisconsin cocktail.
A Readable Feast:
A SEASON IN ELK COUNTRY • Rare and wild, Oregon's elk meat is a cult unto itself.
The Last Word:
Amy Krouse Rosenthal
VIRUS WARNING • Crashing your computer is only the beginning.