Putting the alternate in alternate history: Whitman, Poe, and “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt”
Dismiss Kurt Vonnegut’s “modest, winking profundity” at your own peril, says Ron Currie, Jr.
Sandra Simonds: Plath, Ginsberg, and an “urgently necessary” personal canon
Musharraf Ali Farooqi: Isaac Bashevis Singer’s world is my own
Luc Sante takes a “headlong plunge” into the lives of nineteenth-century American poets
Playwright-turned-novelist Kirk Lynn on Joe Brainard, James Thurber, and other influences on Rules for Werewolves
Sara Jaffe: From James Baldwin to Lynne Tillman—four influences on Dryland
Alexandra Kleeman: Philip K. Dick’s “gnostic logic” and other influences on You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine
Amitava Kumar: Philip Roth teaches me to be a bit more honest
Annie Liontas: Influences, identity, and what defines the “self-respecting immigrant novel”
“A quintessential black literary hero” and other influences on Jabari Asim’s first novel
Viet Thanh Nguyen: We still live in Ralph Ellison’s moment
Maggie Nelson: American classics that influenced the writing of The Argonauts
Lorenzo Carcaterra: Elmore Leonard “brought his characters close enough to life they could be touched”
Elmore Leonard: John Steinbeck “set me free”
J. Courtney Sullivan on whom she re-reads: W. H. Auden, Dorothy Parker, Jane Smiley, Richard Yates
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