CutBank continues its voyage through the colorful, concise, and odd remarks found within our used copy of Moby-Dick. This week: phallic fashion pieces!
“Is it I, God, or who, that lifts this arm?” Before his final, three-day chase to kill Moby-Dick, Ahab questions his will, wonders whether he or some other force moves his hand. When we found our used copy of Moby-Dick, we wondered the same about its previous owner.
Diana Xin: “Sometimes in America people think race is a problem that no longer exists, and people can be dismissive of race as an issue today. In doing so they silence or ignore very valid concerns. It’s important for us to keep talking about race.”
Review by Benjamin Landry
Candie Sanderson: “Reading about Vietnam and speaking with my mother has been a huge part of the journey towards understanding my own ethnicity.”
Read a translation from our newest issue here! By Hisham Bustani
“By design, there is no view. It’s more a bunker than an office. But I built in a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, and having all of those wonderful books in one place so near me really is quite the view.”
“Donald Antrim is a push-mower novelist, while Rachel Kushner is a ride-mower novelist, and Jonathan Safran Foer cuts grass with an artisanal scythe.”
“Bogotá is more than 9,000 feet above sea level, so it’s permanently chilly. To stay warm, I drink liberal amounts of hot water with lemon and dress for a Canadian fall.”
As she works on her second novel, the follow-up to 1997′s Booker Prize-winning The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy recounts decades of political engagement in a superb New York Times profile
The New Yorker’s Page Turner blog publishes an essay about Gordon Lish’s creative writing workshop methods. The essay, from a forthcoming anthology edited by n+1′s Chad Harbach and written by Carla Blumenkranz, questions the value of writing to appeal, erotically or otherwise, to a lone figure.
The CutBank crew is headed to AWP this week—perhaps you’d care to drop by our table at the book fair or help us celebrate Issue No. 80? And, if you’re headed to Seattle, may we recommend bringing a few episodes of the Longform podcast with you on your journey?