The cover depicts, clockwise from the top left,
Orhan Pamuk, Nicole Holofcener,
Jim White, and a taxidermied wallaby.
Also depicted are photographs by Maya
Bookbinder of other taxidermied animals.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 4, NO. 4

Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in L.A.
by Jenny Price
The relentlessly iconic city of Los Angeles is the ideal place to challenge the established American nature story.

“They Want Us to Look.”
by Andy Selsberg
Finding meaning in the meaningless sex of ’80s teen sex comedies.

Always Intense
by Jim Ruland
Team Believer repossesses Repo Man with a scavenger hunt through the netherlands of L.A.

Charming Deformities
by Michelle Tea
Passing as heterosexual and culturally “normal” at the Annual Taxidermy Convention in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Jim White
interviewed by Steve Almond
Beginning a career as professional surfer, fashion model, taxi driver, and filmmaker, White is now the most evocative lyricist on Earth.

Arnold Davidson
interviewed by Benjamin Cohen
What do the stigmata of Francis of Assisi have to do with WMDs?

Orhan Pamuk
interviewed by Alexandra Rockingham
The Turkish writer on readers as religious minority.

Nicole Holofcener
interviewed by Meghan Daum
Making movies about coming of age that aren’t coming-of-age movies.

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

by Fred Armisen

Charles D’Ambrosio’s The Dead Fish Museum
reviewed by John Glassie

Killoffer’s 676 Apparitions of Killoffer
reviewed by Chris Tamarri

Maile Meloy’s A Family Daughter
reviewed by Ross Simonini

Kim Ponders’s The Art of Uncontrolled Flight
reviewed by Lara Tupper

Shanxing Wang’s Mad Science in Imperial City
reviewed by Lytton Smith

Etgar Keret’s The Nimrod Flipout
reviewed by Kimberly Chisholm

Four-Color Comics: Incompetent Comics
by Michael Kupperman

Schema: Lighthearted Cookbook Blurbs
by Brian McMullen