FICTION
Adam Atlas New Year’s Weekend on the Hand Surgery Ward, Old Pilgrim’s Hospital, Naples, Italy
Richard Bausch Overcast
Janet Burroway White Space
Robert Olen Butler The News from Hell
Gail Godwin Unfinished Desires
Tom Grimes Water for New Delhi
Ann Packer Molten
Evan James Roskos How We Handle Pain

POETRY
Sherwin Bitsui
Stephen Dobyns
Laura Kasischke
Ben Lerner
Charlie Smith
Connie Wanek

NONFICTION
David Bradley That Ain’t Jazz
Melanie Gideon The Mattress Wars
Joyce Carol Oates In the Absence of Mentors/Monsters

INTERVIEWS
Gail Godwin

BEST ADVICE
Lynn Ahrens

LETTERS TO A YOUNG WRITER
Louis Menand

CARTOONS
Farley Katz, Julia Suits, Liza Donnelly, Glen Le Lievre, Drew Dernavich, and Feggo

READERS’ NARRATIVES
Jane Lancellotti Scalabrini Villa

FIRST & SECOND LOOKS
Max Frisch Homo Faber
Charles Palliser The Quincunx

CLASSICS
Ambrose Bierce The Man and the Snake