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Crying on the Inside

Issue #9, Fall 2001

We've got some of Tierney's paper dolls such as Pocahontas and Gertrude Stein for you to dress and undress. There's also David Shields's meta-essay on the profundity of Bill Murray (with, naturally, an original Bill Murray paper doll). And, our own Jeanne McCulloch sits down with Nancy Milford, author of the long-awaited scandalous biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay (and no, sadly, there is no Jeanne McCulloch paper doll... yet. Though TH staff paper dolls would undoubtedly make nice dart practice for other magazines). We count ourselves lucky to also be able to offer you "Charity," by great America craftsman Richard Ford. In addition, Mary Gaitskill goes primal in "A Bestial Noise," and Jim Shepard melds history and fiction in "Alicia and Emmett with the 17th Lancers at Balaclava." In the realm of poetry, we go Nobel laureate on Nobel laureate with a meditation by Czeslaw Milosz on the late Joseph Brodsky, and wonderful (if we do say so ourselves) new work from Nick Flynn, Marge Piercy, Judith Hall, and Tom Sleigh.

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Richard Ford

CHARITY ● The word FUCK was provocative but also, she realized, slightly pathetic as an address to your husband.

Jim Shepard

ALICIAN AND EMMETT WITH THE 17TH LANCERS AT BALACLAVA ● The Russians peering down at them are serenely puzzled as to what they could possibly be doing.

Mary Gaitskill

A BESTIAL NOISE ● 'Do you want to have a baby? Do you want to?'

Peter Gadol

LINE UP ● I don't know why I didn't lay it bare for my dying mother on that or any other night.

Diana Abu-Jaber

A TALE OF LOVE AND DROWNING ● He hears the summons of the sea horses, the longing manta ray and wistful eel, the cry of mermaids, mermen, the whole mer-world chants his name: Abdelrahman Salahadin! Where are you?

Brett Berk

EXCELSIOR ● 'There are no perverts in our woods.'

Marge Piercy

RESORT OFFSEASON

Judith Hall

I SAW IN LATE NOVEMBER PUMPKINS

Mark Doty

TO THE ENGRAVER OF MY SKIN
WATERMELON SODA

Yves Bonnefoy, translated by Hoyt Rogers

THE BRANCH
TREE FROGS, IN THE EVENING

Terese Svoboda

THE NICKEL WIFE

Edward Nobles

TOWARD ACCEPTANCE
THE BAUDELAIRE LAMP ($22.95)

Tom Sleigh

ON THE YARD

Nick Flynn

PHEROMONE
WORKER (LOST)

Julie Benesh

Fiction
HABITS OF HAPPINESS ● Angel knows people who know people who page their boyfriends hourly to ask them if there are any women around who are prettier than them.

Matthew Dickman

Poetry
APOLOGY AND WINTER THINGS
HELEN: GO HOME

Czeslaw Milosz

NOTES ABOUT BRODSKY ● Ruminations on the poet who permitted himself everything except complaints.

David Shields

THE ONLY SOLUTION TO THE SOUL IS THE SENSES: A MEDIATION ON BILL MURRAY AND MYSELF The genius of America's quintessential antistar star.

Jeanne McCulloch

A CONVERSATION WITH NANCY MILFORD ● The author talks about her biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay, twenty-nine years in the making.

Elizabeth Gold

THE KING OF PAPERDOLLS ● Tom Tierney, the world's preeminent paper doll artist, chats with an avid fan. Includes cut-out paper doll portfolio!

Jeanne McCulloch

ON PAUL T. GILBERT'S BERTRAM AND HIS FUNNY ANIMALS

Frank Bures

ON CHINUA ACHEBE'S NO LONGER AT EASE

Amy Bartlett

ON PATRICK MCGRATH'S LETTER TO AN IMAGINARY FRIEND

Misha Angrist

ON NIKOLAI LESKOV'S THE LADY MACBETH OF THE MTSENSK DISTRICT

Elizabeth Benedict

ON NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS, AN AMERICAN SLAVE

Necee Regis

HAVE CHEF'S KNIFE, WILL TRAVEL ● In Arcosanti, the experimental Arizona town designed by architect Paolo Soleri, the author whips up a 240-person Italian feast.

Anne Chotzinoff Grossman and Lisa Grossman

MILKING THE BULL: THE TRUE ROUTES OF HORCHATA ● The drink you'll spot wherever Spanish is spoken and summers are hot.

Frank Moorhouse

ON PREFERRING TO DRINK ALONE AT CHRISTMAS ● The author offers tips on how to make the best of a table for one