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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, Jim Shepard, Mary Gaitskill, Peter Gadol, Diana Abu-Jaber, Brett Berk
CHARITY ● The word FUCK was provocative but also, she realized, slightly pathetic as an address to your husband.
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.
A BESTIAL NOISE ● 'Do you want to have a baby? Do you want to?'
LINE UP ● I don't know why I didn't lay it bare for my dying mother on that or any other night.
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?
EXCELSIOR ● 'There are no perverts in our woods.'
Marge Piercy, Judith Hall, Mark Doty, Yves Bonnefoy, translated by Hoyt Rogers, Terese Svoboda, Edward Nobles, Tom Sleigh, Nick Flynn
I SAW IN LATE NOVEMBER PUMPKINS
TO THE ENGRAVER OF MY SKIN
TREE FROGS, IN THE EVENING
THE BAUDELAIRE LAMP ($22.95)
Julie Benesh, Matthew Dickman
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.
APOLOGY AND WINTER THINGS
HELEN: GO HOME
Czeslaw Milosz, David Shields
NOTES ABOUT BRODSKY ● Ruminations on the poet who permitted himself everything except complaints.
THE ONLY SOLUTION TO THE SOUL IS THE SENSES: A MEDIATION ON BILL MURRAY AND MYSELF The genius of America's quintessential antistar star.
Interviews and Profiles:
Jeanne McCulloch, Elizabeth Gold
A CONVERSATION WITH NANCY MILFORD ● The author talks about her biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay, twenty-nine years in the making.
THE KING OF PAPERDOLLS ● Tom Tierney, the world's preeminent paper doll artist, chats with an avid fan. Includes cut-out paper doll portfolio!
Lost and Found:
Jeanne McCulloch, Frank Bures, Amy Bartlett, Misha Angrist, Elizabeth Benedict
ON PAUL T. GILBERT'S BERTRAM AND HIS FUNNY ANIMALS
ON CHINUA ACHEBE'S NO LONGER AT EASE
ON PATRICK MCGRATH'S LETTER TO AN IMAGINARY FRIEND
ON NIKOLAI LESKOV'S THE LADY MACBETH OF THE MTSENSK DISTRICT
ON NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS, AN AMERICAN SLAVE
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.
The Last Word:
ON PREFERRING TO DRINK ALONE AT CHRISTMAS ● The author offers tips on how to make the best of a table for one