The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left,
Mira Nair, Thomas Bernhard, Janeane Garofalo,
and Scott McCloud’s self-portrait.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 5, NO. 3

Admiration Journey
by Jonathan Taylor
Thomas Bernhard’s house in Austria is a true fiction that reflects the fictionalized truth of his best novels.

The Two Jameses
by Carlo Rotella
Political lessons from an artist who used to be a gangster, and a political philosopher who exploits market weakness for a living.

Voyage to the Poles (With Mom), Part 1
by Scott Browning
Battling depression, chronic bronchitis, and psychic vertigo on possibly the first-ever mother-son voyage to the North Pole.

Voyage to the Poles (With Mom), Part 2
by James Browning
Ha Jin, J. D. Salinger in Spanish, and other things to take one’s mind off of the sublime Antarctic void.

The Dance of Hands
by Rod O’Connor
The theory, practice, and spectacle of the game of “rock paper scissors.”

Mira Nair
interviewed by Daphne Beal
The Indian-born maker of vital, swirling films prefers wearing her heart on her sleeve to sentimentality.

Michael Pollan
interviewed by Benjamin Cohen
“If you want to make people realize they have a stake in the natural world, food is a really good way to do that.”

Brenda Dunne
interviewed by Suzanne Snider
For nearly thirty years, Brenda Dunne and Princeton University’s PEAR laboratory have been taking telepathy incredibly seriously.

Scott McCloud
interviewed by Hillary Chute
“Nobody picks a comic up off the stands and gasps in admiration at all the unnecessary panels that were left out.”

by Paul Collins
Several prime examples of an old species of literary fungi.

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Katie Degentesh’s The Anger Scale
reviewed by Stephen Burt

Derek White’s Poste Restante
reviewed by Ross Simonini

Carol Emshwiller’s The Secret City
reviewed by Peter Bebergal

Peter Rushforth’s A Dead Language
reviewed by Christine Lagorio

Stephen Elliott’s My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up
reviewed by Steve Almond

Inger Christensen’s it
reviewed by Milton L. Welch

by Janeane Garofalo

Like Having a Light at Your Back You Can’t See but You Can Still Feel (1)
by C. D. Wright

Like Having a Light at Your Back You Can’t See but You Can Still Feel (2)
by C. D. Wright

Schema: Polar Literature
by Greg Larson and Maxwell Klinger