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Aja Gabel


D. H. Lawrence in VQR

May 17, 2010 | Profiles

The author and the young magazine were a perfect fit—a writer known for his insistence on challenging convention and a publication establishing itself as a progressive voice of the South.

7 Questions for Robert Cohen

January 27, 2010 | Interviews

The VQR contributor talks about his essay about the return of the Axum obelisk to Ethiopia from Italy, featured in the current issue of the magazine.

Literary Sex

January 20, 2010 | Criticism

Endorsing Portnoy’s penis as a guide post for literary sex is like saying guys these days should act more like Don Draper.

Walt Whitman, Denim Salesman

November 30, 2009 | Poetry

Levi’s needed to convince those who are about to jump the designer ship to buy their cheaper version. Their go-to was a man from the first generation of Brooklyn hipsters.

Best New American Voices

October 22, 2009 | Criticism

Lysley Tenorio, Laura van den Berg, and Caitlin Horrocks are a few of the standouts in the latest Best New American Voices and PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies.

Say You’re One of Them

October 5, 2009 | Criticism

The first short story collection by the promising Uwem Akpan doesn’t so much celebrate the form as it does the success of gimmickry.