The cover depicts, clockwise from the top left,
Sarah Silverman, Tom Stoppard, Cerebus, and Mark Mothersbaugh.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 3, NO. 7

We Need Heart-Touching, Soul-Penetrating Stories!
by Jessica Lamb-Shapiro
The wisdom of philosophy, psychology, and religion, all boiled down to one best-selling formula.

Aardvark Politick
by Douglas Wolk
Dave Sim’s Cerebus, while at times idiosyncratically misogynistic, realizes an incredible twenty-seven-year project of comic-book brilliance.

On George W.S. Trow’s The Harvard Black Rock Forest and His Formally Unique Cultural Criticism
by Greg Bottoms
George W. S. Trow’s pre-post-structuralist fight against basic cultural stupidity.

The Periscopic Penis of Protagonist P
by James Browning
J. P. Donleavy’s characters are obsessed with accents and incomes. He’s obsessed with their erections.

Tom Stoppard
interviewed by Adam Thirlwell
The playwright enjoys a cricket match, and explains why it’s odd for bicycle makers to stop making bicycles post-9/11.

Mark Mothersbaugh
interviewed by Maura Kelly
The lead singer for Devo also wrote the music for Pee-wee’s Playhouse and the last few Wes Anderson films.

Sarah Silverman
interviewed by Tim Bennett
Email dispatches from the now Xanax-free comedienne on the inherent humor of Marlo Thomas shitting on a coffee table.

I Review Books Based on One Random Sentence
by Jack Pendarvis

Daniel Borzutzky’s Arbitrary Tales
reviewed by Adam Novy

Wesley Stace’s Misfortune
reviewed by Chris Bachelder

Kirstin Allio’s Garner
reviewed by Heather Birrell

Aimee Bender’s Willful Creatures
reviewed by Margaret Wappler

Lydia Millet’s Oh Pure and Radiant Heart
reviewed by Meredith Phillips

David Allan Cates’s X Out of Wonderland: A Saga
reviewed by Lara Tupper

Light: Brown Mountain Lights
by Rebecca Bengal

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

La Zona Fantasma
by Javier Marías

by Amy Sedaris

Nibble, Lick, Suck, and Feast
by Davy Rothbart
The founder of Found magazine traveled across the country and appeared on 139 local morning news shows to often riotous effect.

Schema: Self-Help Venn Diagrams
by Rachel Meresman

Four-Color Comics: “Storm Cloudfront’s Julius Caesar”
by Michael Kupperman