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10 Questions for GennaRose Nethercott

- By Abby MacGregor

“A ru­mor states that if you wait there for the devil, you can trade your soul in exchange for otherworldly guitar chops or a booming dentistry career or a lifelong tropical vacation. Those down-and-out enough are prone to superstition. They’ll believe just about anything. They’ll even believe that your average Sorbis is Satan himself. . .” —from “Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart”, Fall 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 3)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
If we’re talking genuine firsts, I do have a glittery Lisa Frank...


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Stop! In the Name of History

- By Michael Thurston

(Photo by The Onion)

Let’s get one thing straight about the Supremes. In this moment, where hope still springs for the defeat of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court (hope that ought to be shared not only by those to the left of center but by anyone who cares about the rule of law, the basic trustworthiness and, well, judgment of their judges), it’s worth remembering that we’ve seen this before. If justice once again loses and allows the unjust elevation to “Justice” of an unworthy candidate, that’s pretty much par for the Court’s course. Many of us came of age when the Supreme...


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That Foreign Face

- By Erri De Luca

WHO IS THE FOREIGNER? In principle, everyone—according to the scriptures—beginning with Abraham, caught and held by a voice that orders him to take leave of his land, of the home of his father, and head off for an unidentified destination. Abraham must become a foreigner so he will continue to hear the voice that has sent him. One night the words arrive, inviting him into the open air; under a densely crowded caravan of stars, they anticipate his countless descendants, as many as tower in the shimmering sky above.

One has to have been a foreigner for at least some time in order to catch a corner of Abraham’s enthusiasm on that night, laden with limitlessness. One needs to feel in one’s blood that instinct in order to light out for the territory and breathe...


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10 Questions for Robert Crossley

- By Abby MacGregor

"But to find women in heroic tales whose roles embrace something beyond spousal identity and dogged faithfulness, we need to move outside Mediterranean and Anglocen­tric circles. We must look north."

—from "Alone in the Center: Brynhild and Brünnhilde", Fall 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 3)

 

 

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.

The second piece I ever published happened to be for The Massachusetts Review back in 1976. Titled “Culture and Controversy,” it explored two debates about the roles of science and literature in the formation of culture—the nineteenth-century debate between Matthew Arnold and T. H. Huxley and the twentieth-century debate between C. P....


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10 Questions for Caitlin O'Neil

- By Abby MacGregor

We tried everything: ovulation predictors, herbal elixirs, ten cycles of IVF, and one illegal Indian surrogate. I’m telling you this because I want you to know how we got to this dark room on the edge of the Navy yard filled with 3-D printed bio-wombs, among them my soon-to-be daughter.
from “Gen XX”, Fall 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 3)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
My first published story was about a sign I’d seen as a graduate student in New York City, “Dainty Dot Hosiery”, one of those painted signs you’ll see on the side of brick buildings. It also included postcards, which I love. It was about a shut-in who was mailing the postcards to the wrong person. It took me a really long...


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