for November/December 2010

  • Natasha Boas is an independent contemporary-art curator and writer based in San Francisco. She is currently working on an oral history on the Mission School.
  • Alvin Buenaventura publishes comics and books with Pigeon Press.
  • Avi Davis thanks Mr. M.W. and Ms. A.A. for their assistance with this project. His last piece for the Believer appeared in 2010’s Best American Travel Writing. More from him can be found on the blog Shreds and Clippings.
  • Mike Doughty is a songwriter born in 1970. His album Sad Man Happy Man was released in 2009. His zip code is 11225.
  • Nick Hornby lives in North London.
  • David Humphrey is a New York artist represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. An anthology of his art writing, Blind Handshake, was released this year by Periscope Publishing. He is a senior critic at the Yale School of Art.
  • Scott Indrisek is the senior editor of Modern Painters. He lives in Brooklyn with his girlfriend and two cats. He will sell you artwork made of tape if you ask nicely.
  • Last December, Alex Kitnick curated the exhibition Frottage at the Miguel Abreu Gallery in New York.
  • L. S. Klatt’s poetry has appeared recently in the Cincinnati Review, Boston Review, and Drunken Boat. His new collection, Cloud of Ink, was awarded the Iowa Poetry Prize and will be published by the University of Iowa Press this coming March.
  • C. S. Leigh is a writer and filmmaker.
  • Ed Lin is the author of Waylaid, This Is a Bust, and Snakes Can’t Run. He lives in New York City with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung.
  • Greil Marcus is the author of Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century, Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music, and The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice, and other books. His column, Real Life Rock Top Ten, runs monthly in the Believer.
  • Eleanor Morgan is a journalist who works at the Observer in London. She writes about art and film for other British newspapers like the Guardian and the Times, and magazines like Dazed & Confused, where she edited the front section for a number of years.
  • James Morrison is a writer, editor and designer who lives in Adelaide, Australia. He blogs about book design at, and is in the process of setting up the financially imprudent Whisky Priest Books to republish forgotten books.
  • Jack Pendarvis has written three books.
  • The International Necronautical Society (INS) was founded by novelist Tom McCarthy in 1999, and comprises an amorphous and often occluded network of writers, artists, philosophers, and others. Surfacing through publications, media interventions, artworks, and live events, the INS constantly reiterates (or reenacts) its First Manifesto commitment to “map, enter, colonise and, eventually, inhabit” spaces that open up around the sign of death.
  • Karolina Waclawiak is the assistant editor of the Believer and a graduate of the Columbia MFA Fiction program. She recently finished her first novel and also wrote the screen adaptation of Sam Lipsyte’s Venus Drive.
  • Lawrence Weschler’s recent books have included Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences, and a pair of counterpunctal biographies of Robert Irwin (a massively updated edition of his first book, Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees) and David Hockney (True to Life).