The cover depicts, clockwise from the top left,
Maya Rudolph, William H. Gass, Devendra Banhart,
and a doctor peering into James McManus’s colon.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 3, NO. 9

In Defense of Difficulty
by Mark Kamine
Laird Hunt’s The Impossibly is traditionally “difficult” literature. It’s also traditionally accessible literature. What the fuck?

The Land of Macho Literature
by Milana Vuković Runjić
Miljenko Jergović, Haruki Murakami, and other current favorites from the Croatian publishing world.

Other People’s Bookmarks: Fellow Wanderers of a Forgotten Republic
by Michael Atkinson
Found between the pages of used books, the faded receipts, photographs, ticket stubs, and fox pelts reveal the intersection of life and literature.

The Human Fence
by Ben Ehrenreich
Angry, paranoid, and frightened, the Minutemen mourn the American dream, patrolling the Mexico–U.S. border in their SUVs.

James Howard Kunstler
interviewed by Lakis Polycarpou
The age of oil is nearing its end. Will cities, food, and The American Way follow?

William H. Gass
interviewed by Stephen Schenkenberg
The decorated author and critic reveals that the French read John Hawkes and that M.F.A. students don’t read.

Maya Rudolph
interviewed by Carrie Clifford
Featuring transcribed impersonations of Beyoncé, Saturday Night Live’s audience, Donatella Versace, tarot-card psychics, and Laura Bush.

Devendra Banhart
interviewed by John O’Connor
The warbler extraordinaire explains the alchemy of reducing a sprawling notebook to a single lyric.

My Extremely Fancy Colonoscopy
by James McManus
Painful lessons from a three-day executive physical at the historic and legendary Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Rafi Zabor’s I, Wabenzi
reviewed by Christopher Byrd

Gilbert Sorrentino’s Lunar Follies
reviewed by John Domini

Bill Roorbach’s Temple Stream: A Rural Odyssey
reviewed by Lara Tupper

Albert Sánchez Piñol’s Cold Skin
reviewed by Dan Johnson

Aaron Dinin’s The Krzyzewskiville Tales
reviewed by Chad W. Post

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Bird: Hadeda Ibis
by Anthony Schneider

by Amy Sedaris

La Zona Fantasma
by Javier Marías

Confession of a Novel Reader: a new poem
by Jenn Habel

Schema: Thumbnails of Other People’s Bookmarks
by Michael Atkinson and Brian McMullen

Four-Color Comics: “Are You Being Worn Out by Unnecessary Foreplay?”
by Michael Kupperman