Fiction, poems, and free-for-all with two of America's greatest writers.

"One book that I’ve long admired is Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year, a masterpiece of noncommittal writing.… It taught me that you could write passionately without being overtly passionate. Another person who does that is Joseph McElroy, in my opinion the best American novelist alive today." —Harry Mathews, Paris Review

"Playing the game is easy for Harry Mathews, the most unfaultable living writer of English I know." —Daniel Soar, London Review of Books

"Joseph McElroy's mammoth Women and Men is … the most important novel to appear in America since Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow in 1973.… McElroy, in this novel, is our first planetary realist." —Tom LeClair, Washington Post Book World

"If Raymond Roussel … speaks for the republic of dreams, Harry Mathews sets up his tent in the untamed and unlost paradise of language." —Geoffrey O’Brien, New York Review of Books
  • Harry Mathews is the author of six novels and several collections of poetry; his most recent publications are The Human Country: New and Collected Stories, The Case of the Persevering Maltese: Collected Essays, Oulipo Compendium (edited with Alastair Brotchie), and My Life in CIA: A Chronicle of 1973.
  • Joseph McElroy is the author of nine novels, including Women and Men and Cannonball, as well as a forthcoming nonfiction book about water.