JUNE 2000
Photo by Mary Ellen Mark


In an abbreviated version of his new novella, The Beast God Forgot to Invent (page 145), contributing editor Jim Harrison introduces Joe Lacort, who, because of a head injury, is suddenly able to perceive strange, otherworldly creatures in the Michigan wilderness--specifically, a beast that changes forms. "The wilderness seems to be familiar territory," says Harrison, "but it's utterly unfamiliar when you consider the suspicious nature of our perception of reality." Harrison is the author of three volumes of novellas, seven novels, nine collections of poetry, and an anthology of nonfiction. His fourth collection of novellas will be published in October by Atlantic Monthly Press.