In Transit explores the adapted, uprooted, translated, and relocated, following literature that moves through space and time. In this issue, Lydia Davis discusses short forms with Osama Alomar and Sjón, and Martin Amis goes back in time. With fiction by Xiaolu Guo, Anthony Marra, Amanda Michalopoulou, and Shawn Vestal; poetry by Frank Bidart, Ruth Ellen Kocher, and Gozo Yoshimasu; new translations of Yannis Ritsos and Payam Feili; and short talks from Judith Butler, Natalie Diaz, Eileen Myles, and Justin Vivian Bond. Issue 18 will transport you to the spaces between exits and arrivals.

 

Plus train trips, car rides, graphic memoir by Mana Neyestani, art by Bryan Olson, and detailed instructions on letters and living from some of our favorite writers.

 

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How To: A Forum

Christian Bök, Eric Boyd, Leopoldine Core, Amitava Kumar, Paul La Farge, Kiese Laymon, Claire Messud, Ander Monson, Joanna Scott, Deb Olin Unferth, Joe Wenderoth

Fiction

Anthony Marra,The Missing
Franz Kafka, translated by Susan Bernofsky, Metamorphosis
Bruno Schulz, translated by Celina Wieniewska, Father’s Last Escape
Lydia Davis, Idea for a Sign

Osama Alomar, Two Stories
Xiaolu Guo, Letter to the Queen
Amanda Michalopoulou, translated by Patricia Felisa Barbeito, Deer in the Woods
Payam Feili, translated by Sara Khalili, Walking on Water
Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, translated by Joanne Turnbull, Yellow Coal
Alexi Zentner, And a Lie
Shawn Vestal, Families Are Forever!
Qiu Miaojin, translated by Bonnie Huie, Enter Cartoon Music

Poetry

Elizabeth Haysom, An Ordinary Prison
Yannis Ritsos, translated by Karen Emmerich and Edmund Keeley, Diary of Exile
Natalie Lyalin, First Husband
Sjón, Stones
Agustín Fernández Mallo, translated by Zachary Rockwell Ludington, Pixel Flesh
Ruth Ellen Kocher, Two Poems
Andrew Jaicks, UN Plaza
Rachel B. Glaser, Tragic Snoopys
Joanne C. Hillhouse, Ah Write!
Frank Bidart, Two Poems

Art

Collages by Bryan Olson

Graphic Memoir

Mana Neyestani, translated by Ghazal Mosadeq, An Iranian Metamorphosis

Conversation

Osama Alomar, Lydia Davis, and Sjón, Crazy Little Things 
Martin Amis and John Freeman, The Re-Interview

Nonfiction

Colm Tóibín, On the Edge
Judith Butler, On Grief and Rage
Jennifer Finney Boylan, Lost Loves
Eileen Myles, Spoilage
Anne Boyer, Suggestions for Roundabout Reading

DIY

Natalie Diaz, How to Sacrifice Your Brother, Even When He is an Aztec
Justin Vivian Bond, How to Take a Flying Leap