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Issue #7, Spring 2001
If ever there was a story to turn a man into a primate-ophile, it's Nick Tosches's strange but true report on the 1930s medical scandal in which seemingly otherwise sane men paid to have monkey glands implanted in their scrotums to enhance their virility. If ever there was an essay to get you picking at your scalp, it's Kathryn Harrison's "Nit Pickers," a first-person account of her family's run-ins with lice! lice! lice! and more lice! Mary Gaitskill, as ever, crawls under the skin in her story "Therapy," which is what one might require after reading Lydia Davis's "Letter to a Funeral Parlor." And, on the other hand, we have some awe-inspiring offerings from some of our favorite poets: James Tate, Sharon Olds, Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska, Diane Ackerman, as well as a remembrance of the late Yehuda Amichai by Charles Simic. The distinguished and beloved Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz sits down with TH poetry editor Amy Bartlett and reminisces about D.H. Lawrence and other writers he has known during his ninety-five years.
Peter Rock, Mary Gaitskill, Lydia Davis, Quintan Ana Wikswo, Peter Vilbig
BLOOMS • If I could tell the librarian one story, it would be this one. And I would tell her only a little at a time, until she couldn't stand it.
THERAPY • She would watch with her arms folded and a look of satisfaction on her face; a decent, ordinary person entitled to her decent, ordinary hate.
LETTER TO A FUNERAL PARLOR • There is nothing wrong with inventing words, especially in a business. But grieving families are not prepared for this one.
WHEN I WATCHED HIM HANG THE HORSE • The bones weren't scattered around. They were laid out in the pasture as neat and close as the yarn in a sweater.
BOA • From this mess, his left and only eye stared out as if it were the one living thing in his face.
B.T. Shaw, Debra Burns
AFTER A FASHION
A MATTER OF TIME • Irregular and labored, deep and then deeper, the sound is clearly coming from the apartment across the street.
Michael Morse, Diane Ackerman, James Tate, Yehuda Amichai, Sharon Olds, Wislawa Szymborska, Jason Shinder
COME BACK AS A THRUSH
WATERCOLOR BY PAUL KLEE
THE BEAUTIFUL SHOESHINE
SO MUCH ALIKE
WIND AMONG THE LEAVES
ON THE HEARTH OF THE BROKEN HOME
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
Nick Tosches, Charles Simic, Eric Konigsberg, Kathryn Harrison
SAM AND BILL AT THE MONKEY-GLAND CLINIC • Faulkner's affinity for minstrelsy, the blues, and the sexual elixir of monkey glands.
POETRY: THE ART OF MEMORY • Remembering Yehuda Amichai.
COWBOY ARTISTS OF AMERICA • Behind the nation's largest and richest art market.
NIT PICKERS • When lice attack!!!
Interviews & Profiles:
Jennifer Levasseur & Kevin Rabalais, Amy Bartlett
CHARLES BAXTER • The master of the mundane on getting failure right.
STANLEY KUNITZ • The ninety-five-year-old Poet Laureate's memories and passions.
BORN TO RUN • Immigrant dreaming, from the real desert of Jordan to the spiritual desert of L.A.
Lost & Found:
Robert Cohen, Fiona Maazel, Mark Yates, Janet Fitch
On Paulo Emilio Salles Gomes's P's Three Women
Love and deception - Brazilian style.
On Humberto Constantini's The Long Night of The Francisco Sanctis
An Argentinian bureaucratic confronts his country's systematic repression in this harrowing and hilarious farce.
On Bohumil Hrabal.
The Czech writer championed the ordinary and slid under the Communist radar.
On Samantha Dunn's Failing Paris
An American expat on getting it wrong in Paris. The winner of PEN-West, yet unpublished in the United States.
A Readable Feast:
PERSIAN CUISINE • In exile in London, the Iranian writer keeps a family's culinary legacy alive and cooking
LOW-DOWN MEZCAL • Don't put on any airs when you're down on Rue Morgue Avenue.
The Last Word:
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS • Thank you, really.