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Back at The Atlantic after the long pandemic exile, I discovered pages from an unfinished issue of the magazine, written and illustrated in a different world.
To the author Robert McGill, fiction’s job is to unsettle.
Paul Yoon on writing to recover what’s lost to the past
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“You could say conspiracy theories are like bad fiction, which attempts to tie everything up and explain it all.”
Te-Ping Chen discusses the gift of imagining alternative realities in a society divided by class.
Tackling Proust’s famously massive work started as a challenge. Then it turned into something else.
“I’d never written fiction that stays with a single character for hundreds of pages; it almost felt like too much freedom.”
“The American experience for many people is the very act of questioning who we are.”