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A Real Doll
Issue #2, Fall 1999
The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll
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David Leavitt, Kawabata Yasunari, Mark Poirier
HEAPED EARTH • 'From this Wardwell deduced that he either drank, gambled, or had an ex-wife pressing him for alimony.'
HER HUSBAND DIDN'T • 'Junji had scarcely known known what he was doing when he had pinched that woman's earlobe--his first earlobe.'
SOMETHING GOOD • 'It never ceases to amaze me what people donate: one shoe from a pair, yellowed underpants, used-up votive candles, matted wigs.'
Victor D. LaValle, Helen Ruth Freeman
CLASS TRIP • 'Four black kids on foot spelled little cash and lots of hassles.'
LAUREL TO THE SUN GOD, APOLLO
Les Murray, Henry Israeli, Daniel Hall, Quincy Troupe, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Luljeta Lleshanaku, Jill Bialosky
COOLONGOLOOK TIMBER MILL
Kurt Vonnegut and Lee Stringer, Rachel Resnick and Rikki Ducornet, Agha Shahid Ali and Edward W. Said
The author of Slaughterhouse Five talks with the formerly homeless writer whose work he has compared to Jack London.
A passionate discussion about sex, food and The Fanmaker's Inquisition, Ducornet's bold new novel inspired by the Marquis De Sade.
On the eve of his memoir's publication (See page 131), the controversial Palestinian critic and intellectual muses on a lifetime of publicly thinking against the grain.
ENTRE CHIEN ET LOUP • The author finds there's no place like home, even if it is homophobic rural Idaho.
Walter Kirn, Christopher Merrill, Hal Sirowitz, Edward W. Said, Seamus Heaney, Jim Lewis, Jane Kenyon
WOLFE BITE • The novelist and critic joins Tom Wolfe in shredding a navel-gazing new novel--Kirn's own Thumbsucker.'
TO DIE FOR • The writer dodges snipers' bullets during the Sarajevo Film Festival.
IRIS AND JOHNNY APPLESEED
OUT OF PLACE • In an excerpt from his memoir, Said describes his family's flight from Egypt to Jerusalem as the Nazis raced through the Middle East.
A NEW TRANSLATION OF BEOWULF.
THE GENIUS OF LONESOME • America's poets of isolation, from Hawthorne to Hank Williams.
GABRIEL'S TRUTH • The late poet reflects on the maternal grace of Mary.
Lost & Found:
Jean Nathan, David Gates, Jonathan Dee, Jonathan Lethem, David Lehman
On the haunting children's classic, The Lonely Doll, and the stranger-than-fiction life of its creator Dare Wright.
On In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods, Galen Rowell's account of the disastrous American K2 climb of 1975.
On Max Frisch's self-lacerating memoir of adultery, Montauk.
On Daniel Fuch's epic 1930s Brooklyn saga, The Williamsburg Trilogy.
On Charles Willeford's meta-art-world murder mystery, The Burnt Orange Heresy.
A Readable Feast:
I'M IN PARIS, FRANCE, Y'ALL • The South Carolinian food connoisseur revisits the happy marriage of American artists and soul food in the City of Light.
The Last Word:
ROUND UP • The Algonquin, The Iroquois--wherever the round table, all the big names will be pulling up chairs and slipping into dry martinis.