It’s here! Tin House #76: Summer Reading (Vol. 19, No. 4). Now that I’m getting back to normal (sorta), it’s comforting to have easy access to some great reading in one of my favorite literary journals.
That night, though, a bad thought came to her as she drowsed in the old rump-sprung armchair near the bed. Where did Mr. Cowper keep his money?
She couldn’t worry about it then, in the middle of the night. But she did. Next day as soon as she’d got him looked after she went into the other room of the two he’d sub-rented from her and Petey two weeks ago and looked around. She felt like a criminal, but she looked into his coat pockets, and at the pocketbook she found there, which had twelve dollars in it. She checked the little chest of drawers where he’d put his shirts and stuff. There was nothing else of his in the room but some books and papers on the worktable, and under the table the little humpback trunk that was all his luggage.
He’d locked it, but there was a trunk key lying out on the table with what had been in his pockets when he went up to the mine. She had to look.
—URSULA K. LE GUIN, “Pity and Shame”
Dive into Tin House #76 this summer and prepare for exploration of waters unknown. Start with one last short story by the late Ursula K. Le Guin, “Pity and Shame,” whose prose is, as ever, filled with her poignant intellect and humor. Plumb the mysteriously strange lives of “Rich People” with emerging writer Abbey Mei Otis, or find uneasy accommodation with Catherine Lacey’s “The Grand Claremont Hotel.” And Meghan O’Gieblyn’s essay “On Subtlety” will make you think twice about the stories you’ve been told and things better left half-said. All this and more in an issue as expansive as it is wild, mercurial, and tempting.
Fiction from Ursula K. Le Guin, Abbey Mei Otis, J. Jezewska Stevens, Catherine Lacey and Leigh Newman, and New Voices by Ashley Whitaker and Carrie Grinstead
Poetry from Lia Purpura, Yusef Komunyakaa, Shane McCrae, Adam Clay, James Hoch, Philip Metres, Maggie Smith, Mildred Barya, Nomi Stone, Ira Sadoff, Teddy Macker, Sally Ball, Gerardo Pacheco Matus, and Rosebud Ben-Oni
Nonfiction from Ashleigh Young and Meghan O’Gieblyn
Books Lost & Found from Tabitha Blankenbiller, Jon Michaud, Joshua James Amberson, Cheston Knapp, and Ruby Brunton
And a Blithe Spirit from Elissa Schappell