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Summer Reading

Issue #36, 2008

What remains? What matters? What endures? These are some of the themes that run through the summer reading issue. Three authors are remembered and reconsidered—Gerald Howard looks at the checkered, brutally vivid work of Leonard Michaels, whose works are currently being reissued by FSG; Elizabeth Benedict casts a softer light on the often harshly viewed Elizabeth Hardwick, novelist, public intellectual, founder of the New York Review of Books, and ex-wife of Robert Lowell; while Douglas Bauer fondly recalls the indomitable spirit and curiosity of M.F.K. Fisher. The aftermath of Katrina is the backdrop for Adam Johnson's fictional search for lasting love in "Hurricanes Anonymous" and in Allan Gurganus's "Fetch," an off-season walk on the beach turns life-threatening, stripping the lives of a privileged couple to the core; while Frank Bidart, Mary Jo Bang, and Eileen Myles take poetic turns at capturing the ineffable.

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Allan Gurganus

FETCH • Something is thrown. Wr retrieve it without quite knowing why.

Alice Fulton

A SHADOW TABLE • That's how I came to be a waitress. I wanted to serve food. And I wanted to serve Ray.

Ehud Havazelet

BILL AND ARLENE • They were happy and in love and saw no reason to believe a good life didn't stretch out before them. Then Bill noticed an ad toward the back of the Sunday travel section.

Adam Johnson

HURRICANES ANONYMOUS • The boarded-up Outback Steakhouse next door is swamped with FEMA campers, and a darkened AMC 16 is a Lollapalooza of urban camping.

Helen Schulman

PARENTS' NIGHT • We were at a cocktail party for incoming parents at our daughter's school when I spied my ex-husban amid a sea of ophthalmologic surgeons and hedge fund guys.

Keith Lee Morris

An Excerpt from the Novel THE DART LEAGUE KING • Liza Hatter had a thing for him, Tristan happened to know, in the same way he almost always knew... when it came to love or sex or however you wanted to refer to it.

Mary Jo Bang

THE MAGIC THAT MAKES EVERYTHING RIGHT
FINAL REPORT
CONSIDER THIS CORRUPTION

Thomas James

DRAGON'S TEETH
RURAL WINTER

Beth Bachmann

SECOND MYSTERY OF MY SISTER

Eileen Myles

SNOWFLAKE
ROCK ON
QUESTIONS

Oliver de la Paz

EXCUSE POEM
PENTIMENTO APOLOGIA

Marissa Perry—Fiction

TRESPASSING • Cindy Ferris spun the bottle on her bedroom floor and kissed us one by one. It was just a peck. It was only practice.

Paul Feldman—Fiction

SPECIALISTS • The lunar transport is not trimmed up with the latest sensors and the auto controls are a bit blunt, so it's a tricky beast.

Bridget Talone—Poetry

EXPECTING HONEY
GIVEN DISTANCE, I MIGHT SEE HIS DYING

Garald Howard

THE CRAZY SPASMODIC • Wherein we learn how author Leonard Michaels was crowned the once and future king of literary badass-ness. And wherein we learn how sex, violence, and Yiddish make strange bedfellows.

Elizabeth Benedict

WHY NOT SAY WHAT HAPPENED? • Elizabeth Hardwick's bullying presence belied the sensitivity of her writing voice, but it helped her storm the gates of the good old boys' club of American letters.

Chris Adrian

A GOOD CREATURE • The writer loses a lover to a retriever because of a Levitical fear of uncleanliness, and is doomed to a dogged and desperate search for a home in creation.

Jesse Nathan

ON J.P. JACOBSEN'S Mogens and Other Stories

Cheston Knapp

ON The Journal of Jules Renard

Aaron Hamburger

ON J.S. MARCUS'S The Captain's Fire

Edward Schwarzschild

ON PHILIP ROTH'S Letting Go

CJ Evans

ON THOMAS JAMES'S Letters to a Stranger

Douglas Bauer

WHAT WE HUNGER FOR • Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher lived to eat. For her, food opened the doors to the deeper meanings of life...