What follows is a blow-by-blow account of the first issue of Gordon Lish’s legendary literary journal The Quarterly. Here I’ll examine stories by Amy Hempel, Tom Spanbauer, Matthew Levine, Chris Spain, Pamela Schirmeister, Yannick Murphy, J.S. Marcus, Darrell Spencer, Kaye Gibbons, Peter Christopher, Janet Kauffman, and Tom Rayfiel; a novella by Jane Smiley; poems by Paulette Jiles, Robert Gibb, John Allman, William Freedman, Jack Gilbert, Ansie Baird, Diane DeSanders, and Harvey Shapiro; and letters by Nancy Lemann, Pagan Kennedy, Harold Brodkey, James Laughlin, Amy Hempel, Patty Marx, Robert Jones, E.J. Cullen, and Dan Duffy; and drawings by Don Nace. I hope to eventually cover every single issue of this incredible journal.