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(Fall 2019, Vol. 77, No. 4)

Fall 2019It will come as no surprise to our readers that since 1978, when we published his “Two Families,” Gordon Lish’s work has appeared here frequently. Now after a period of silence we have received a burst of words from our friend, advisor, and eminent critic.

Gordon’s cryptic postcards are amongst my favorite correspondence and run second to our ongoing conversations about life, children, and family.

Our lead story is vintage Lish that forces you—the reader—to pay attention to every word, every turn of the story that links one paragraph with another. And From Our Archives features his 1986 story “A Fool for Salinger.”

It is complemented by another story from the work of Henrich Böll (translated by Robert Conard) who deserves a larger audience in America despite his international fame as a Nobel Laureate.

We have a distinguished essay from the pen of Texas critic Anis Shivani whose pieces have appeared since Fall 2004 when he was a child. Our poetry editor, Judith Hall, now resides in New York in Manhattan, not Brooklyn, and will continue to extend our reach from that perch. We—for the foreseeable future—continue to reside in the heartland where we have no fires, have lots of water, and a certain confidence that we have found the omphalos of literary culture.

What we also have at the moment is snow and a growing pile of manuscripts from near and far, thanks to the expanding influence of JSTOR.

Aside from its reach, JSTOR provides us with valuable statistics, including a remarkable figure that tells us how many downloads (not “hits”) occur each year. Last year it was over 200,000. This means serioues readers, not just browsers. We have both depth and width. Also in this issue you will find a stunning story, titled “Cause of Death: Hooked Nose,” that is both chilling and profound.”

Robert S. Fogarty, Editor 

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