“…musically, I told my father, it’s probably easier if you think about the sixth chapter of my critical exegesis of your first novel, “Fantasies of Masculine Annulment: A Paratextual History,” in terms of a permutation fugue, as like, in layman’s terms, a cantata of invertible counterpoints…” Fiction by Rod Moody-Corbett.
“Who is speaking to you? Is it the man with the crooked nose or is it the woman with the crooked chin? And what’s that noise?” Paul Cunningham reviews Joshua Kornreich’s richly styled and mysterious new novel, Horsebuggy.
“Once, I typed all of my secrets into an anonymous Internet survey. After I was done typing them, I pressed ‘send.’ Who, I wonder, was the recipient of my shame?” Claire Donato with a moving personal essay, inspired by Cigarettes After Sex’s “Affection.” Art by Sara Jimenez.
Joseph Rathgeber reflects on how the career high point of winning an NEA grant spiraled into a neurotic abyss of self-doubt and rejection amid a hyper-competitive field of literary hopes and dreams.