Fall 2023

In the Fall issue, physician and writer Emily Silverman reports on the quixotic movement in health care known as direct primary care, or DPC. Through the DPC model, physicians fed up with the conventional business model of health care strike out on their own, offering a subscription-based service to patients, which in turn allows doctors and patients more time to build stronger relationships, and break free from the bureaucratic madness that plagues so much of the American health-care experience. The biggest question is: If DPC is as good as it seems, why isn’t it more popular? The essays in this issue are rooted in memoir. In each, the author learns a bit about themselves through their relationships with outside forces—whether a daughter, Hollywood monsters, or even a resilient river in an industrial town. Peter Bebergal, Nicole Graev Lipson, and J. C. Lee deliver these remarkably original works that take a fresh look at the familial and the familiar. The portfolios offer radically different takes on the human condition. Robin Alysha Clemens has spent the last several years documenting the lives of members of a Ukrainian homeless community that has been reshaped by the war; Margeaux Walter, meanwhile, uses subtle but nonetheless stunning juxtapositions of figures and landscapes to ask sobering questions about the impact of the anthropocene. The fiction in this issue, illustrated by Anna Schuleit Haber, includes Regina Porter’s historical short story “Horatio’s First Gun,” imbued with rich details of an early-twentieth-century Southern town; Taisia Kitaiskaia’s dark comedy “Engelond,” one part gothic and one part absurdist contemporary detective story; and Shannon Sanders’s “The Opal Cleft,” which settles in on a tension between cousins that eventually illuminates the unspoken regrets, affections, and envy that color so many family bonds. VQR’s Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry winner Martín Espada leads off a section that also features work by Tiana Clark, Marisa Tirado, and Nick Flynn. And columnists Jim Coan, Laura Kolbe, and Anuj Shrestha round out the issue with columns on the science (and imperative) of cooperation, the strange timing of retrospectives in the art world, and the constancy of being plugged in in contemporary life.
Fall 2023

Volume 99, Number 3

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Table of contents

Drawing It Out 
Open Letter 
Art & The Archive 
Editor's Desk 

Contributor Profiles

Martín Espada’s latest book of poems is Floaters (Norton, 2021), winner of the National Book Award and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Taisia Kitaiskaia is the author of four books, most recently The Nightgown and Other Poems (Deep Vellum, 2020).

Nicole Graev Lipson is the author of the memoir-in-essays Mothers and Other Fictional Characters (Princeton Architectural Press, forthcoming).

Emily Silverman is an internal-medicine physician at UCSF, writer, and creator of The Nocturnists, an award-winning medical storytelling program that has uplifted the voices of more than 450 clinicians since 2016 through its pod

Margeaux Walter’s work has been exhibited at institutions such as MOCA, the Butler Institute of American Art, Tacoma Art Museum, and the Griffin Museum of Photography.

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