The New Generation of Classic Short Stories

Vol. 21, No. 1


Guest Designer: Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop is a musician, producer, and actor. He was the vocalist of the iconic proto-punk band The Stooges, whose first three records—The Stooges (1969), Fun House (1970), and Raw Power (1973)—influenced generations of artists. As an actor, his film credits include Martin Scorsese’s The Color of Money (1986), John Waters’s Cry-Baby (1990), Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man (1995) and Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), and Terrence Malick’s Song to Song (2017). His song with Danger Mouse, “Gold,” was nominated for a 2017 Golden Globe Award, and his album Post Pop Depression, which he recorded with Josh Homme, was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award. In 2016 he received the honor of Commandeur from the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Téa Obreht’s debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction, and was a National Book Award finalist and an international bestseller. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the AtlanticHarper’s Magazine, and the anthologies The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, among other publications. A recipient of a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, she lives in New York City and teaches at Hunter College.

Kathryn Harrison is the author of the novels EnchantmentsEnvy, The Seal WifeThe Binding Chair, Poison, Exposure, and Thicker Than Water; the memoirs The Kiss and The Mother Knot; the travel memoir The Road to Santiago; the biographies Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured; the true-crime work While They Slept: An Inquiry into the Murder of a Family; and the essay collections Seeking Rapture and True Crimes: A Family Album. Her work has appeared in the New YorkerHarper’s MagazineVogue, the New York Times Book Review, and many anthologies.

Elena Ferrante is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), Troubling Love (Europa, 2006), The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2008), the Neapolitan Quartet (Europa, 2012–15), and Frantumaglia (Europa, 2017). She is also the author of a children’s book illustrated by Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night.

Mario Martone is an Italian screenwriter and director whose films include Morte di un matematico napoletano (1992), L’amore molesto (1995), Noi credevamo (2010), and Leopardi (2014), and whose accolades include multiple David di Donatello Awards and the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.