The cover depicts, clockwise from the top left,
Shirley Hazzard, Danica Phelps, Nick Hornby, and Don Quixote.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 2, NO. 7

Anglicizing El Ingenioso Hidalgo
by Natasha Wimmer
Don Quixote is still a proving ground for translators—but are their efforts beside the point?

by David Warshofsky
Newspapers don’t have time to look back at one of the four men dismembered in Fallujah.

In the Penthouse of the Ivory Tower
by Gideon Lewis-Kraus
A dispatch from the Modern Language Association convention, where nine thousand English professors wonder what they’re for.

The Most-Lost Tribe
by Matthew Power
They eat unleavened bread and engage in unanesthetized circumcision. Are the Kuki-Chin-Mizo Jews?

John Darnielle
interviewed by Daniel Handler
The man behind the Mountain Goats on the charm of single-issue death metal and other forms of simplicity.

Danica Phelps
interviewed by Suzanne Snider
New York–based artist Danica Phelps has—finally!—successfully integrated sex back into everyday life.

Slavoj Žižek
interviewed by Dianna Dilworth
A ticklish cultural critic shows us how pessimistic atheists can still enjoy The Shawshank Redemption.

Shirley Hazzard
interviewed by Vendela Vida
The novelist wishes we would spontaneously recite poetry, stroll slowly through the city after dinner, and stop listening to psychiatrists.

Child: Spencer Tweedy
by Eric Spitznagel

Benjamin Weissman’s Headless
reviewed by John Haskell

Didier van Cauwelaert’s One-Way
reviewed by Ben Ehrenreich

David Bezmozgis’s Natasha
reviewed by Julie Orringer

David Markson’s Vanishing Point
reviewed by Jorge Morales

Rae Armantrout’s Up to Speed
reviewed by Stephen Burt

Fanny Howe’s Tis of Thee
reviewed by Sarah Manguso

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby
A warning to philandering novelists: Don’t delete those emails!

by Milana Vuković Runjić

Schema: The Tale of Backwater Spiritualism: Eight Years of Folk in the Age of Psychedelic Rock
by Eric Lidji

Four-Color Comics: “Gangway for Murder, Pt. II”
by Michael Kupperman