In Fear Itself, Edward Albee, Edwidge Danticat, and others think about what fear means to them; Yoshihiro Tatsumi depicts hell; and a detainee describes Guantánamo. Plus new fiction from Lydia Davis and Etgar Keret, poems from Burma, fiction from Mexico—and much more. Writing from this issue has been reprinted in The Utne Reader and Harper’s.

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Fear Itself: A Forum

Edward AlbeeEdwidge Danticat, Joshua Furst, Hooman Majd, Marie Arana, Irina Reyn, Nawal El Saadawi, Patricia Spears Jones, Edmund Keeley, Maggie Nelson, T Cooper, M Mark, and Paul LaFarge

Poetry 

Kimiko Hahn, Things that Convey Fear in No Particular Order 
Christian Hawkey, From my mother’s sleep and Stars are shredding machines
Tomasz Rozycki, Scorched Maps
John Yarbrough, Knowing a Place
Nicole Cooley, The Flood Notebooks
Kyi Muang Than, Deeperinga
Chris Abani, Processional
Saw Wei, February Fourteenth
Meena Alexander, Fear Not: Two for Phillis Wheatley
Jeremy Schmall, The Functioning Synapse Papered Over

Fiction

Hari Kunzru, Memories of the Decadence
Colum McCann, A Code for the Disappeared
Rawi Hage, Révolution et litérature
Etgar Keret, Rachamim and the Worm Man (an Evil Story)
Lucy Corin, Seven Small Apocalypses
Guillermo Fadanelli, The Dream of Vladimir Pérez
Lydia Davis, The Landing
James Yeh, Some Kind of Change
Petina Gappah, Rosie’s Bridegroom                               

Drama

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Being Saïd
Jeffrey Lependorf, Firing Line: A Libretto

Nonfiction

Studs Terkel, from Hard Times
José Rubén Zamora, Public Demons
Amitava Kumar, A Collaborator in Kashmir
Mourad Benchellali, Postcard from Camp X-Ray
Anonymous, Sworn Statement
Anouar Benmalek, To Be Human
Umberto Eco, On the Advantages of Fiction
Lynne Tillman, Save Me from the Pious and the Vengeful

Conversations

Matt Weiland, Yousef Al-Mohaimeed, Joshua Furst, Francisco Goldman, and Juan De Recacoechea, The Secret Lives of Cities
Leon Wieseltier and A.B. Yehoshua, Going to Jerusalem
Dahlia Lithwick, Anour Benmalek, Scott Horton, Lisa Magarrell, Elisa Massimino, and Jane Mayer, Speaking of Torture
Colum McCann and Michael Ondaatje, Without a Map
Umberto Eco and Adam Gopnik, Slow Reading
Paul Holdengräber, Yousef Al-Mohaimeed, Catherine Millet, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Annie Proulx, and Olivier Rolin, Books that Changed My Life

Graphic Narrative

Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Hell