The cover depicts, clockwise from the top left,
Laurel Nakadate, Joe Henry, Alison Young,
and a woman living in Gaza. Also featured are
four details from Laurel Nakadate’s video work.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 4, NO. 8

The New New Middle East
by Stephen Elliott
Following danger through Israel and Palestine in order to understand the story of conflict.

The Tourist Who Influenced the Terrorists
by Rolf Potts
Arab travelers to the U.S. can be just as credulous, self-absorbed, and touristically dorky as their American counterparts.

The Evidence of Things Unseen
by Anne Trubek
On the melancholy and sleepy pleasures of visiting writers’ house museums.

Waiting for the Bad Thing
by Sam Lipsyte
A week of anticipated depravity on a road trip through California with Michel Houellebecq.

Laurel Nakadate
interviewed by Scott Indrisek
The often beautiful process of turning lonely men living by themselves into works of art.

Alison Young
interviewed by Jill Stauffer
How law governs art, and how art governs law.

Joe Henry
interviewed by Steve Almond
Steak n’ eggs, babysitting infants, and the quiet path to respectability.

William Kennedy
interviewed by Edward Schwarzschild
“If I know too much too soon I’ll stop writing out of boredom.”

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Light: Streetlight on the Corner of Lake and Hazel
by Peter Orner

Naked in New York
by Davy Rothbart
A funny story about waking up naked in Manhattan.

by Jerri Blank

Chris Kraus’s Torpor
reviewed by Alex Kitnick

Mark Binelli’s Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die!
reviewed by Morgan Meis

Louis Paul Boon’s Summer in Termuren
reviewed by Christopher Byrd

Amanda Nadelberg’s Isa the Truck Named Isadore
reviewed by Stephen Burt

Eloy Urroz’s The Obstacles
reviewed by Karla Starr

Cormac McCarthy’s The Road
reviewed by R. Emmet Sweeney

Russell Edson’s The Rooster’s Wife
reviewed by Christopher Kennedy

Schema: An Urban Genealogy
by Neil Freeman