Twice a year we set sail on a new issue without a theme to guide us. We open ourselves up to the universe. We search the skies and look to the stars and the unknown for inspiration. This summer we present a constellation new to us, Jodi Angel. At a reading with Tin House favorites Ron Carlson and Dorothy Allison, I heard Angel read "A Good Deuce," her story of a rural California teen dealing with the aftermath of a mother's overdose, and it blew me away. See for yourself on page 12. Literary cult-hero Gary Lutz appears in our pages for the first time with his prickly, language-driven story "Divorcer," while Walter Mosley offers a deceptively smooth story in "Familiar Music." Curious as to why Terrance Hayes won the 2010 National Book Award? Turn to page 132. We also interview Ann Patchett and Jean-Philippe Toussaint, the French phenom. As Bill Moyers once said, "Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous." We wish everyone a summer filled with the marvelous.
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