I love San Francisco. Especially the book stores and thrift stores. The Community Thrift Store in the Mission has been a goldmine for me the last six years and each time I come here I check in and check out with jewels for about $1.50 each. I remember going there and finding the first six issues of NOON for $.50 each. Last year there were two first editions of Donald Antrim’s The Verificationist and one of his The Hundred Brothers. Ardvark Books in the Castro also has great finds. The first two days of my trip there was, bookwise, delightful.
Sean Lovelace interviews Ken Sparling for Big Other
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.