Fall 2015
Fall 2015
Cover by Michael Kirkham.
VOL. 13. NO. 3


El Desencanto
by Aaron Shulman
The irresistible disenchantments of the Panero family, introduced by the best Spanish cult documentary you’ve never heard of.

Satan in Poughkeepsie
by Alex Mar
Anton LaVey exposed the show business of religion when he founded the Church of Satan. Half a century later, its high priest holds afternoon tea in suburban New York.

Epidemic in the Borderland
by Dan Werb
Dr. Thomas Patterson is pioneering HIV prevention in Tijuana’s most dangerous districts, and the results are staggering.

Toward a Pathology of the Possessed
by Esmé Weijun Wang
Schizophrenia’s effects are often discussed in metaphors. What is it like to live with those metaphors?

What’s Left Behind
by Kea Krause
A flooded copper mine outside Butte, Montana, is the largest contaminated body of water in the country. And it contains a slime that could save the mine, the town, and maybe even the world.

Anarchy in the USA
by Zander Sherman
Four years after Occupy Wall Street, meet John Zerzan, the man who’s been quietly fanning the flames of the country’s most important insurrectionary movements.

Secret Reserves
by Pablo Calvi
In a land as exceptional for its fragile and fiercely guarded biodiversity as for its dwindling population of guardians, the indigenous Sápara are first in line for a new form of extinction. And they are staking the only thing they have left against it—their afterlife.

The Believer Book Award

The Believer Poetry Award


Seasons change, silence remains
by Rachel Z. Arndt

A Good Deaf Man Is Hard to Find
by Sara Nović

Power, without Speech Balloons
by Stephen Burt

Palpable and Mute
by Matthew Zapruder

The Silence of the Ducks
by Diane Cook


Miranda July
interviewed by Ross Simonini
The writer, artist, musician, and filmmaker discusses her life and work by telephone, battling a poor connection.

Megan Rapinoe
interviewed by Kevin Koczwara
The US women’s soccer team star on growing up playing with her twin, the world of women’s soccer, and the changing landscape for gay athletes.

Michael Schur
interviewed by Stephanie Palumbo
The sitcom writer, director, and producer tells her, “The system of network TV is creaking under its own weight right now.”

Ronald Cotton
interviewed by Alexandra Molotkow
The forensic reform advocate spent nearly eleven years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit; now he speaks about the conviction, forgiveness, and closure.

Jerry Stahl
interviewed by Sabra Embury
A discussion about subcultures, fanatics, drug problems, and being a dad, held over the course of several humorous emails.

Sheila Nevins
interviewed by Kathleen Hale
HBO’s “de Medici” of television has won more prime-time Emmys than any other individual.

The Process
interviewed by Alex Dueben
The cartoonist discusses creating his noir graphic novel Kill My Mother.


How to Field-Dress a Deer
by Roger D. Hodge
An installment in our series of essential advice.

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby
The popular column returns.

What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler


On Giving Birth: A new poem
by Kathleen Ossip

Fatal Flaw: A new poem
by Kay Ryan

Sock: A new poem
by Kay Ryan