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Landis Blair

Landis Blair is the author and illustrator of The Envious Siblings and Other Morbid Nursery Rhymes (Norton, 2019). Additionally, he illustrated the New York Times bestseller From Here to Eternity (Norton, 2017) and the graphic novel The Hunting Accident (First Second, 2017), which won Best in Adult Books at the Excellence in Graphic Literature awards.


Pretty Much a Gift

Winter 2023 | Columns

My sense of gratitude seems to have grown with time. I feel grateful about as often as I need to pee, which these days is a matter of minutes more than hours. 

Illustration by Landis Blair

A Friend

March 2, 2020 | Fiction

Margo’s daughter came home from school that Friday with a new friend. From the window in the kitchen, where she was trying and failing to make decent croissants for the third time this week, Margo watched the bus deposit her eight-year-old daughter, Anya, and some unknown boy, which was odd because the town was so small and Margo had often been at Anya’s school to volunteer and had no memory of him.

Illustration by Landis Blair

The Tobacconist

March 2, 2020 | Fiction

There was a period of my life when I saw wombs all around me, and so of course the chandeliers were uteruses.

Illustration by Landis Blair

The Year 2003 Minus 20

March 2, 2020 | Fiction

Reney’s bones can feel a fight long before the rest of her wakes to the rising voices and clattering bottles. She is eight, almost nine. Granny and Lula live in a new rent house across the tracks and down a long hill, not so very far. Over there—standing on a chair rolling up balls of dough as Granny’s hearing aids whistle, or lying curled into Granny’s great body napping—is Reney’s best place. But Reney knows that her place is with her mom.

Reaper Madness

Fall 2019 | Essays

When your four-year-old begins talking incessantly about death, there are a few tactics for dealing with it. One is curiosity. Why do you want to die? Why do you hope you die today? Why do you love to die? Why do you want to kill yourself? The four-year-old doesn’t know what death is, not really, and so he cannot truly answer the question.