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January 7th, 2015 | 7:00am

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I expect the countless eyes and cameras that have adored this place to have dulled it. But I see all colors in the desert; and they’re not tainted, as far as I can tell. I try to learn the terms and reasons for why it became the way it is. I don’t forget one name—desert varnish: the volcanic gleam over rusty red cliffs, as if spread by palette knife—and I repeat it in my head every time I pass it.

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January 6th, 2015 | 10:00am

Diane Cook’s debut short-story collection Man V. Nature was recently published by HarperCollins. The New York Times called it a book of “great beauty and strangeness.” Cook is a former producer on NPR’s “This American Life” and a graduate of the Graduate Writing Program at Columbia University. She currently lives in Oakland, California where she is at work on a novel. S. Tremaine Nelson talked with Cook about writing “unnerving stories, her least favorite author, and the many perks of novel writing.

January 2nd, 2015 | 7:00am

To go from inspiration to the completion of a work of art or literature or architecture is a voyage in the dark. Artists smuggle intuitions from a place beyond words into achievements the public can regard and appreciate or not. This voyage fascinates the Italian architect Matteo Pericoli, author of the new book Windows on the World, which collects 50 of his drawings published over recent years by The Paris Review. Strong, solid lines render rooms around the world, rooms where every day the likes of Orhan Pamuk, Teju Cole, Francisco Goldman, and others sit down to do their writing. In Pericoli’s drawings, the architectural feature of the window frames a writer’s consciousness.

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December 26th, 2014 | 7:00am

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user JR Aquila

Please enjoy four new poems by The Common contributors.

Sandeep Parmar

from Eidolon, xxxv.

December 23rd, 2014 | 7:00am

AMHERST, MA. DEC. 23, 2014—In its first year of eligibility, The Common literary magazine has been awarded an Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Based at Amherst College, The Common is one of 55 organizations across the country to receive an NEA Literature grant in 2014. $10,000 in NEA funds will be matched by $20,000 from Amherst College to bring The Commons place-based literature into classrooms, to develop and promote its online presence, and to grow its readership.