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Of human children & language children
Svetlana Lavochkina

The first word I ever wrote was stsikukha: « pisser ». This is how my nanny Frosya called me to my face. On poetry and pathos in a bastard tongue.

Review
Curtain call
George Blaustein

An iron curtain makes a powerful canvas. Images from Sven Johne & Falk Haberkorn’s Aus Sicht des Archivs, documenting life in the former East Germany in the 1990s.

Pearl
Planes, tanks & automobiles
Pete Kowalczyk

You could tell the US army had arrived because the local garages had sold out of whiskey. Old maps, new wars & vanishing memories along the Polish-Ukrainian border.

Essay
The room I am in
Lilia Topouzova

Tight pants. Fashionable coats. Music. Defiant looks. On the last men & women who passed through the Bulgarian gulag.

Essay
Of Anders & Kreuzwendedich
Sander Pleij

On two tales of racial metamorphosis, salted or sugared, one hundred years apart.

Review
No money off a dead woman’s body (& other poems)
Nadia de Vries

« I like my tyrants like I like my heroes. That is, crushed by a giant chandelier. »

Pearl
Gerard Croiset & the adventure of the psychic detective
Nienke Groskamp

The clairvoyant Dutch grocer who charted the frontiers of parapsychology and lent a hand to the FBI. « Unbelievable but true! »

Essay
When the world makes rags of us
Gabriel Rom

He spoke of painting like a starving man speaks of food. On Józef Czapski, Memories of Starobielsk and the art of observation.

Review
Glossomania-mania
Ed Simon

On language invention. To desire some other perfect language is at once to acknowledge and to overlook the miraculousness of what we have.

Review
Flags & bones
Mathieu Segers

On Curzio Malaparte’s Europe — and ours. The midcentury novelist read anew, on war’s aftermath and transatlantic romance. What was, or is, « postwar Europe », anyway?

Review
A Silence Shared
Lalla Romano

« If a story just like that one — dying babies, divine retribution — had come back to me from childhood memories, it would have seemed fantastical, unreal. »

Story
A recipe for word vomit
Wiegertje Postma

On pregnant silences, and how to abort them — via Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship and our own manners & morals.

Review
Flags & bones
Mathieu Segers

On Curzio Malaparte’s Europe — and ours. The midcentury novelist read anew, on war’s aftermath and transatlantic romance. What was, or is, « postwar Europe », anyway?

Review
Skinned alive
Christy Wampole

Imagine your therapist assigned you to write your autobiography, after which you decided you were cured, so your therapist published it as revenge. Zeno’s Conscience turns 99.

Review
Kill your darlings
The Editors

Like plots in a garden cemetery, with lamentations, good-riddances or other epitaphs.

From the editors
The Ogre, the Monk and the Maiden
Margaret Drabble

A story about quarks and antiquarks, beauty quarks and strangelets, gluons, muons, prions, hadrons and charms.

Story
Planes, tanks & automobiles
Pete Kowalczyk

You could tell the US army had arrived because the local garages had sold out of whiskey. Old maps, new wars & vanishing memories along the Polish-Ukrainian border.

Essay
An Unlucky Man
Samanta Schweblin

« He rolled down the window, went back to honking the horn, and started waving my underpants out the window. »

Story
How Americans edit sex out of my writing
Francesco Pacifico

What is editing? Two people who both lead a literary life — an augmented reality where the connections between existence and sentences are investigated daily — wage sensual war for the soul of the page.

Essay
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