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Issue #24, 2005
While some magazines are cutting out fiction and devoting more pages to attack-dog book reviews, Tin House is still very much devoted to fiction. In every issue you'll find us flaunting the finest fiction we can get our mitts on, whether it be short stories, like Tony Earley's "Yard Art," or novel excerpts such as "The Reign of Frogs," from Tin House contributing editor Rick Moody's forthcoming novel, The Diviners, or—our secret passion—a brilliant new voice such as Robert Travieso, who debuts here with his wonderfully surreal story "Bouncing." Lest you poets, sensitive souls, and lovers of nonfiction get your bikinis in a twist, rest easy knowing that you will always own a part of us, too. And we show our love by inviting you to get supine by the pool with the suavest man in poetry, Mark Strand, as he talks with the Tin House contributing editor Christopher Merrill over a couple of martinis.
Rick Moody, Tony Earley, Amber Dermont, Amy Albany, Mary Otis
THE REIGN OF FROGS (An excerpt from the novel The Diviners • It's Monday midday in Santa Monica, and Melody Howell Forvath, writer of novels of international intrigue, doesn't give a goddamn what anyone thinks.
YARD ART • The plumber she called was a singer, of all things - Arlen Jones, the High Lonesome Plumber - and it was the High Lonesome Plumber who now sat backwards astride her noisy toilet while she leaned against the door jamb and watched.
STELLA AT THE WINTER PALACE • Nowadays, I'm a professional granddaughter. Women pay me to vacation with them. Part escort, part tour guide. A bit of a nursemaid as well.
THE ASCENSION OF THIN SKIN • He lived alone, in apartment 104. He had been there for close to a year. The boy figured he was the only twelve-year-old in town living by himself.
UNSTRUCK • Pritchard told her they could get jobs as dishwashers at the International House of Pancakes. Pritchard knew an older kid who would get them in. The kid said that lots of children worked there. Nobody minded.
Sarah Bartlett, Robert Travieso, Paul Cohen
BOUNCING • Seth's mother said, "From here on in, every day, for the rest of my life, I'm going to be a little bit dumber than the day before, and a little less pretty."
THE MARKS • The ski corporation owned the mountain, and they had about fifteen enforcers, guys with walkie-talkies and shades. They made sweeps looking for people like us - looking for us, I liked to think.
Bin Ramke, Rebecca Aronson, Mark Levine, Matthea Harvey, Zach Finch, Scott Zieher
BUT YEATS WAS ASKED TO WRITE A POEM ABOUT THE WAR
THE QUESTION OF FIRE
IMPLICATIONS FOR MODERN LIFE
FOR LOVE TO EXIST
HISTORY OF ACCIDENTS
OBSOLETE KNOWLEDGE (AFTER HEGEL)
THE GOD THAT SLEEPS IN MUSEUMS
At the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop, Strand joined Christopher Merrill for martinis and a chat about Wallace Stevens, disguising a good literary theft, and giving yourself a few months to figure out what you're written.
THE END OF THE WORLD • Years after a car bomb killed their father, one son became an artist, the other a political activist. A Chilean-born artist revisits his brother and his home country amid the indictments of the former Pinochet regime.
THE OTHER LIFE OF ANY BOOK • From Cambridge to Cuernavaca, Malcolm Lowry's novel, Under the Volcano, still resonates.
Lost & Found:
Chris Beha, Diana Fox, William Giraldi
ON MAVIS GALLANT'S The Collected Stories • Memory should save us from repeating our mistakes, Gallant writes, but never does.
ON DODIE SMITH'S I Capture the Castle • The author of The Hundred and One Dalmatians also wrote for grown-ups.
ON ALISTAIR MACLEOD'S The Lost Salt Gift of Blood • The dead are never far away in this austere, hypnotic collection.
EPIC AGENT: THE GREAT CANDIDA DONADIO • With an unerring eye for the offbeat, the late agent discovered Joseph Heller, Tomas Pynchon, and William Gaddis.
FILLING WHAT'S EMPTY • Is the author's refrigerator doomed to barrenness?
POST-NATIONAL WRITERS • A spirited call to read, and write, outside of borderlines.