The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left,
Pankaj Mishra, Ruth Ozeki, Eric Bogosian, and Joey Lauren Adams.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 5, NO. 2

The Savage Detective
by Rodrigo Fresán
For Roberto Bolaño, literature was basically a “dangerous profession,” the thing that plants itself “in the territory of risk.”

On the Art of the Disappeared
by Lawrence Weschler
After legal accountability reached the old regimes of Latin America, artists began addressing the cultural damage. Some notes on their success.

The Score
by Stephen Elliott
Between Theo van Gogh’s grisly murder and an ex-girlfriend’s triple-infidelity in the desert, there is a fractured life that makes sense.

History of a Repugnant Handicraft
by Hillery Hugg
What’s lost if medical students stop dissecting real human cadavers?

Pankaj Mishra
interviewed by Sarah Fay
The invisibility of American suffering, the deep unpleasantness of airports, and why every American should read Naipaul.

Joey Lauren Adams
interviewed by Jack Pendarvis
Acting roles in Dazed and Confused and Chasing Amy have given way to writing, directing, and chicken on a stick.

Eric Bogosian
interviewed by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
Andy Kaufman, Sonic Youth, David Mamet, Shakespeare, Alan Rickman in Die Hard: a lifetime of influences.

Ruth Ozeki
interviewed by Malena Watrous
“Vegetables are filled with drama. Even the pea.”

Souvenir: The Snow Globe
by Anne Trubek

Mischa Berlinski’s Fieldwork
reviewed by Lara Tupper

Juan Goytisolo’s Marks of Identity
reviewed by Idra Novey

Lynda Hull’s Collected Poems
reviewed by Craig Morgan Teicher

Nathaniel Mackey’s Splay Anthem
reviewed by Alan Gilbert

reviewed by Buzz Poole

Alain Mabanckou’s African Psycho
reviewed by John Domini

The Kindness of Strangers
by Davy Rothbart
How to inadvertently make a middle-aged businessman think you’re going to murder him.

Schema: A Compendium of Kircherian Inventions
by Joshua Foer