Brick 111

Language is a sign of life, like swimming, and a form / of life, like eels—but it’s not a way of living.
—Robert Bringhurst


  • Omar El Akkad swims from Doha to Orgeon
  • Hanif Kureishi rediscovers his subject matter
  • Rahul Bhattacharya on the greatest cricket photo ever taken
  • Kaiama L. Glover translates Haiti’s revolutionary poet
  • Eleanor Wachtel interviews Percival Everett
  • Lorna Goodison leaves the dinner party
  • Suzanne Gardinier locates poetry’s moral core
  • Chris Bailey confronts the wreckage
  • Karen Benning encounters the loneliest element
  • Phoebe Wang raises the main
  • Fiction by Kanako Nishi and Steven Heighton
  • Poetry by Robert Bringhurst, Jesse Nathan, and René Depestre
  • Plus artwork by Tom Hegen, Manny Trinh, Leanne Shapton, and Lauren Tamaki