Ben Marcus talks about sequencing his stories, writing characters that want the unattainable, and mood-enhancing mist, among other things.
In Amateur, Thomas Page McBee ponders how he can become a good man and embody a non-toxic masculinity.
how can you be lonely/ when the offices lights/ shine into your room from/ across the river.
The Dark Interval is a collection of letters from Rainer Maria Rilke to bereaved acquaintances.
The twelve tales in Abbey Mei Otis's short story collection lure you in with the fantastic and surreal.
David Joy talks about the organization of disorder, the upside of writing in the middle of the night, and the compulsion to create.
We spent the day fighting. It was like a game and we were taking turns.
Poso Wells, a satirical thriller by Gabriela Aleman recently translated by Dick Cluster, is a nonstop ride between the dimensions of real and fantastic.
Welcome to Blurbed, a new round-up of literary recommendations from the editors and staff of the Columbia Journal.
Ants announce spring from the corners of the house,/their neat swarms quiet and inevitable./The bleeding heart is back.
Alexander Chee talks about learning about yourself as a writer and choosing to go back in with each book.
Crystal Hana Kim talks about habit versus inspiration, her favorite Louise Erdrich quote, and the advice she follows when she’s writing character.