The cover depicts, clockwise from the top left,
Tintin, Teresa Edwards, Tobias Wolff, and Steve Martin.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 3, NO. 4

Saving Private Ryan and the Politics of Deception
by Jim Shepard
George W. Bush and Steven Spielberg use the same manipulative logic to please their audience.

The Conlangers’ Art
by Annalee Newitz
Engineers, mathematicians, teenagers, Klingons, and linguists are reinventing language and the world.

Church Of Monsters
by Dorna Khazeni
H.P. Lovecraft’s fanbase has taken literature to a whole new visceral level—and they will make you feel the horror.

The New World: or, How Frederic Tuten Discovered a Continent
by Paul La Farge
Tintin voyages to Macchu Picchu and develops interiority of character a sex life. Is he the Jaguar god?

Welcome to the Almost Cult-Like Fan-World of American Women’s Pro Basketball
by Stephen Burt
If an NBA fan is someone who loves basketball, why must a WNBA fan be someone who loves women’s sports?

Tobias Wolff
interviewed by Julie Orringer
The novelist and mentor to a literary generation can also guess your weight to within three pounds.

Steve Martin
interviewed by Meghan Daum
The one-time Jerk warns us about depression, critics, and the testicle-burning effects of Mentholatum.

Craig Venter
interviewed by David Ewing Duncan
He wants to be the Robin Hood of science. And he might just be, as long as poor people become more interested in genomes than money.

Yo La Tengo
interviewed by Matthew Derby
Rock geniuses decipher the sound of Don DeLillo and explore the ethics of paying a roomful of children to say the word “motherfucker.”

Expert: The Clog Master of Sweden
by Amy Barrett

Harry Mathews’s My Life in CIA
reviewed by Matthew Derby

Jonathan Coe’s The Closed Circle
reviewed by Jessica Winter

Laurie Foos’s Before Elvis There Was Nothing
reviewed by Mary Guterson

Tayari Jones’s The Untelling
reviewed by Susan Straight

Donald Revell’s Pennyweight Windows
reviewed by Stephen Burt

Peter Rock’s The Bewildered
reviewed by Morgan Meis

by Amy Sedaris

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

La Zona Fantasma
by Javier Marías

Schema: Build Your Own Conlang
by Annalee Newitz

Four-Color Comics: “Holiday Frolics”
by Michael Kupperman