Web Exclusive Interview: Allegra Hyde

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May’s flash fiction exclusive, “Endangered,” imagines a world in which artists are kept in cages for their own safety. But author Allegra Hyde is more about the utopia than the dystopia—and what with the sorry state of the world right now, it’s completely understandable. We talked recently about utopias, how to get closer to your own (hint: it involves going off social media), and how there are little slivers of real utopias worth paying attention to. […]

Web Exclusive Interview: Daisy Johnson

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April’s Web Exclusive, “A Bruise the Size and Shape of a Door Handle,” is a haunting story whose slow, creeping tension evokes the likes of Edgar Allen Poe and Shirley Jackson. And yet it is so thoroughly modern, an enlightened study of unhinged, potent adolescent-female sexuality. […]

Web Exclusive Interview: Libby Flores

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Our March Web Exclusive story, “Good,” viewed a goodbye from the perspective of the one who did the dick move, “the bad guy,” reminding us that good writing isn’t at all interested in concept of “the bad guy.” Author Libby Flores talked with us about writing the other side of the story, Amy Hempel’s advice about tackling a big concept, and how Tom Waits lyrics are basically terrific flash fiction. […]

Web Exclusive Interview: Michael Powers

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In February’s Web Exclusive, “Lake House,” a couple has retired to a remote location. We know there is tension between them, and between the narrator and his adult son, but the origins and causes of this tension are only hinted at, the way a painting focuses its composition by suggesting some elements and detailing others. Our more detailed image is that of a drone silently making its way across the treetops […]

Web Exclusive Interview: Rose Gowen

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July’s web exclusive story, “The Sun and the Pacific, Flowers,” is both a beautiful meditation on the passage of time and a careful, close look at a young person’s anxiety that she’s not doing or being quite enough. Writer Rose Gowen’s images and sensory details are stunning; the story is brimming over with oleander and hibiscus, rosemary, agave, palms, and citrus trees. The smells and sounds of the Santa Barbara coast […]

To Be in Love in Brooklyn: An interview with Emma Straub

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Emma Straub’s latest novel, Modern Lovers, came out on Tuesday—just in time to top your summer reading lists. The book follows a group of college friends and ex-bandmates as they struggle to come to terms with their middle aged, adult lives in Brooklyn, navigating the difficulties of marriage, parenting, and illegal kombucha production. […]

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