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An Interview with Lydia Davis

By Caitlin Fitzpatrick In October 2016, Lydia Davis—who has published six collections of stories, translated both Flaubert and Proust, and is a recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant—spent a month at UVa as the Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence. For those of us who love to read or write, her work needs little introduction. What fans of Davis might not know, however, is… Read more →

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Review: Kayla Rae Whitaker, The Animators

To borrow a phrase from its main character, this book is “a story of consumption.” Hunger—for sex, love, high art, truth, authentic experience—drives the narrative, wavering between hollow pain, satisfaction, and over-indulgence. The Animators is at first wild, wicked fun. As it progresses, the work deepens to the profound. You’ll fall for the two main characters—animation partners, friends so close… Read more →

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Review: Rachel Cusk, Transit

In Murray Bail’s 1998 novel Eucalyptus, the narrator describes the action at the center of the book as ‘a mosaic of necessary slowness.’ This is a declaration of form on Murray’s part, an attempt to say: this pace is deliberate, and what’s more, be patient. While Rachel Cusk makes no similar declaration in Transit, it would perhaps be appropriate to… Read more →

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Review: Elif Batuman, The Idiot

Elif Batuman’s novel The Idiot can be described as a 432-page expansion of five pages from her first book, a nonfiction collection called The Possessed. In the novel, as in the essay, a Turkish-American Harvard freshman falls in love with a Hungarian classmate who secures the narrator-protagonist a summer gig teaching English in Hungary so she can visit him in… Read more →

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Meridian Contributor Spotlight – Summer 2016

Meridian contributors are a hardworking and talented bunch. Here’s a rundown of the latest news about our contributors. If we’ve missed anything (it’s tough to keep up with such overachieving writers, you know), please let us know. We’d be happy to edit this post to include anything we may have overlooked. Wendy Rawlings (Meridian 36) has an essay in the latest… Read more →

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Issue 37 as ePub

We continue our efforts to distribute Meridian in many forms, and we expect to have our ePub version ready in coming days. We’re building a new interface that will let current print subscribers download an ePub for free, and as a test, we plan to set up a similar program for anyone who has sent work to us on Submittable… Read more →