The Coffin Factory, Issue Five


John Banville – That Tormenting Quest for Perfection
Noam ChomskyThink It Through
Jorge Luis BorgesOn Thomas Carlyle
José Ángel ValenteA Song
Kathleen AlcottSaturation
Joshua CohenThe Creation of Attention
László KrasznahorkaiUp on the Acropolis
Azareen Van der Vliet OloomiIsland of the Martyred Men
Santiago RoncaglioloButterflies Fastened with Pins
Jeremy SchmallThe Hammer
Elvis BegoThe Night I Met Luisa
An interview with Twelve


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Kathleen Alcott is the author of The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets, published by Other Press. She lives in Brooklyn.

John Banville was born in Ireland in 1945, and is the author of over twenty novels, including Doctor Copernicus, Kepler, The Book of Evidence, The Sea, and, most recently, Ancient Light. He lives in Dublin.

Elvis Bego was born in Bosnia, became a refugee at age twelve, and currently lives in Copenhagen.

Jorge Luis Borges, born in Buenos Aires in 1899, is one of the most widely acclaimed writers of the twentieth century. He is the author of many collections of poems, essays, and short stories, including The Aleph, Ficciones, and Labyrinths. He died in Geneva in 1986.

Noam Chomsky is professor emeritus in the Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at M.I.T., and the author of over one hundred books.

Joshua Cohen is the author of three novels and three collections of short fiction. Attention! A (Short) History will be published by Notting Hill Editions. He lives in New York City.

László Krasznahorkai was born in Hungary in 1954, and is the author of Satantango, The Melancholy of Resistance, and War & War. His novel Seiobo There Below is forthcoming from New Directions.

Santiago Roncagliolo is a Peruvian novelist and investigative journalist. He is the author of Red April, and was named one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists. Hi, This is Conchita is forthcoming from Two Lines Press.

Jeremy Schmall is the founder and co-editor of The Agriculture Reader, and the author of Jeremy Schmall & The Cult of Comfort (X-ING). He lives in Detroit.

José Ángel Valente is widely considered Spain’s greatest postwar poet. Landscape with Yellow Birds, a collection that spans his entire career, is forthcoming from Archipelago Books.

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is the Iranian-American author of Fra Keeler, recently published by Dorothy, a publishing project. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Grant, and currently teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame.




Thomas Christensen has translated works by Carlos Fuentes, Alejo Carpentier, and Julio Cortázar. He is director of publications at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Edith Grossman has translated work by Gabriel García Márquez, Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Miguel de Cervantes. She is the recipient of Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson, and Guggenheim Fellowships, the PEN Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation, and has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Ottilie Mulzet translates from Hungarian and Mongolian. Her artwork, prose, and photography have appeared in the Prague-based journal Revolver Revue since 2000.

Katherine Silver has translated more than twenty-five literary works from Spanish, most recently by César Aira, Daniel Sada, Horacio Castellanos Moya, and Martín Adán. She lives in California.




Emmie van Biervliet is a mixed media artist. Her work is represented by Quantum Gallery, Jerram Gallery, and The Wiseman Gallery.

Bill Hayward is a photographer living in New York City. His most recent book is Bad Behavior. All boat images are from a series entitled: The Quality of Objects-The American Way of Memory.

David Leventi was born in 1978. His photographs have been published in Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Esquire, Forbes, and LIFE Magazine. All images courtesy of the artist and Jackson Fine Art.

Ian Sanquist was born in Seattle, Washington, and is a student at Western Washington University. His short stories have been published in issues two and four of The Coffin Factory.

Susan Seubert is a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveler Magazine and The New York Times, and has been granted LIFE Magazine’s Alfred Eisenstaedt Award. Her work is represented by the Froelick Gallery, the G. Gibson Gallery, and the Joseph Bellows Gallery.

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