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Subject: Unpublished Updike, Aimee Bender, and the cost of saving a frog.

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Dear readers,

It's been nearly two years since the literary world lost John Updike to cancer. In a previously unpublished interview, Updike, arguably America's greatest short story writer and a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, discusses his admiration for Nabokov (who gave Updike and J.D. Salinger an A+ for their stories) as well as his politics (and why writers shouldn't concern themselves with such things), the heaven of print, and how we're all a little jittery. Current literary star Aimee Bender discusses the writers who influenced her, as well as turning the ordinary into the extraordinary, and how writers think mathematically. And, what price is a country willing to pay to save an endangered species? The government of Tanzania, desperately in need of energy and development, had to answer the question: "is it worth paying all that money for some tiny reptiles called spray toads when thousands of Tanzanian under-five kids, pregnant mothers and retired senior citizens are dying of want?" Plus, fiction from Ian Bassingthwaighte, poetry from Martín Espada and
Michael Meyerhofer, and photos from Alexander Bartsch.

INTERVIEW: Updike Redux: In a previously unpublished interview, John Updike talks about Nabokov and his other literary heroes, why he wrote a book about a terrorist, and why he never expected to be a novelist.

FEATURES: The Toad: Will protecting an endangered toad trump Tanzania's need for energy and development?

INTERVIEW: A Kind of Flag-Planting: On the heels of her second novel and fourth work of fiction, Aimee Bender considers magic and math, craft and discipline, and the influence of other writers and artists on her work.

Updike Redux
O'Connor: Frogs of Tanzania

POETRY: People Like Us Are Dangerous: Martín Espada recalls an adolescent desire to be the next Carlos Ortiz, lightweight champion of the world. 

FICTION: Iftar at Isabelle's: A modern-day Cairo tale by Ian Bassingthwaighte.

POETRY: Dust: In Michael Meyerhofer's break-up poem, the lover is left with more than a cold. 

ART: The City is a Playground: For photographer Alexander Bartsch, beauty can be found in the most forgotten, rundown places.

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