Do writers of fiction have to create a cosmology in order to exist? How does the secular world challenge a fiction that is wrestling with questions of faith? For cultural atheists, what is it like to work and live in the US, the most religious country in the West?

In the video below, Aleksandar Hemon and Stuart Dybek talk about what Chicago means to them. The video was made for Granta 108: Chicago, where Hemon’s memoir piece ‘If God Existed, He’d be a Solid Midfielder’ and Dybek’s ‘Seiche’ both appeared.



Photograph © John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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