Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to kick back with a cold beverage and a good book. Author Margaret Lazarus Dean (Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight) gives us both. Pick up a copy of Leaving Orbit and try one of these three space-themed cocktails created by the author herself.

What does it take for you to decide to read the second sentence of a book? Editorial director Ethan Nosowsky weighs in on what did it for him when it came to Maggie Nelson's electric new book, The Argonauts.

The winner of the 2015 Graywolf SLS Prize, awarded to the best novel excerpt from an emerging writer, is Ling Ma, for Chinese Bible.

"I loved the energy of the train as it sped around the curve, and the depth created by the mountains and train tracks receding into the background." Graphic designer Jeenee Lee talks about her creative process in designing The Last Two Seconds.

Poem
of the Week
May 18, 2015
by
Jo Sarzotti

Here’s a poem by Jo Sarzotti, from her Bakeless Prize-winning collection Mother Desert. Here’s coming-of-age, here’s playing witness to death, to time’s slow roll forward, to a persistent, maybe callous, yearning for new life. 

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