People often ask us what Tin House looks for in a submission. I wish I had an easy answer. While it is impossible to quantify the ineffable, the issue you're holding can be decoded for signs and clues. Insight and mystery are two qualities we search out, and are some of the reasons we love the work of Etgar Keret. We also love writers who reinvent, who surprise us with old forms turned inside out. Steven Millhauser, in his gothic teen love story "Tales of Darkness and the Unknown Volume XIV: The White Glove," echoes Poe, but is vintage Milhauser. Similarly, Lydia MiIlet pulls the fairy tale into the modern, messy world in "Snow White, Rose Red." There are plenty of other examples: poet Mark Doty's rememberance of the late James L. White, or Daniel Handler on Berhard DeVoto's classic cocktail manifesto The Hour, which Tin House Books has just reissued. My sure-fire method for knowning that I'm reading something Tin House-worthy is when I am so engrossed I miss my subway stop. We hope that you are as surprised and as engaged by this issue as we are, and that you will become happily distracted and lost because of us.
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