The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left,
a creature from the Codex Seraphinianus,
Monica Ali, Will Sheff, and Lauren Weinstein.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 5, NO. 4

A Short Walk Through The Rings of Saturn
by Rick Moody
Mapping several routes (with diagrams!) through the maze of W. G. Sebald’s beautiful and nearly indefinable “prose fiction.”

The Codex Seraphinianus
by Justin Taylor
What do Borges, the entire history of scientific illustration, and Breton’s attempts to introduce a new letter to the French alphabet have in common?

Death Comes (and Comes and Comes) to the Quantum Physicist
by Rivka Ricky Galchen
Die-hard science fiction readers—along with heavy-drinking millionare quantum physicists—are realism’s greatest champions.

Lauren Weinstein
interviewed by Emily Bobrow
Why is it so difficult for a graphic novel to express joy?

Tim Kehoe
interviewed by Rachel Khong
A toy designer revolutionizes the world of bubbles, and dyes himself blue in the process.

Monica Ali
interviewed by Sylvia Brownrigg
“I definitely feel an affection for all the characters I have written to date. Even the ones who are monsters.”

Will Sheff
interviewed by Sean Michaels
The lead singer of the literate band Okkervil River on why the literate tag is insulting to pop music.

Bridge: The Mackinac Bridge
by Josh Fischel

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

The 2006 Believer Book Awards

Lydia Davis’s Varieties of Disturbance
reviewed by Michael Miller

Benjamin Black’s Christine Falls
reviewed by Giles Harvey

Nathan Englander’s The Ministry of Special Cases
reviewed by Izzy Grinspan

James Thomas Stevens’s A Bridge Dead in the Water
reviewed by Alan Gilbert

Angela Pneuman’s Home Remedies
reviewed by Thom Blaylock

Nick Mamatas’s Under My Roof
reviewed by Jory John

by John Hodgman

Poem in the Ninth Month: a new poem
by Beth Ann Fennelly

Schema: Generic Names from Around the World
by Jude Stewart