The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left,
a bonobo, Mike Scott, Jorge Luis Borges, and Paula Fox.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 5, NO. 7

The Late Style of Thomas McGuane
by Mark Kamine
The novelist’s language has become more direct, his terrain more realistic, and his comedy less over-the-top. Where will he go next?

by Ander Monson
What can the songs of New Order and the funeral of Gerald R. Ford teach us about citizenship?

Follow the Fear
by Eric Spitznagel
Del Close was one of the most influential figures in U.S. comedy. But his real legacy can’t be found on his résumé, and may not be entirely true.

Skinning the Americans
by Jason Boog
The parade of zombies, serial killers, and ghosts from Arch Oboler’s ’40s radio drama paved the way for the twenty-first-century B movie.

Frans de Waal
interviewed by Tamler Sommers
Are humans the only species to have moral feelings?

Paula Fox
interviewed by Nick Poppy
The author of Desperate Characters (and more than twenty books for children) describes the difference between sentiment and sentimentality.

Little Boy
by Paula Fox
At the end of her interview with the Believer, Fox produced this, the only poem she’s ever attempted, written when she was thirteen.

Helen Simpson
interviewed by Amanda Eyre Ward
“The only rule I can come up with for short stories is something’s got to happen, but not too much.”

Mike Scott
interviewed by Colin Meloy
The guitarist and lead singer for the Decemberists queries his hero from the Waterboys on Scotland, literature, and Raggle Taggle.

Ask Your Newsstand Guy
by Gustavo Turner
The best introduction to Borges may be a comedian under several pounds of latex on ’80s Argentine TV.

by Thomas Lennon

Naguib Mahfouz’s Three Novels of Ancient Egypt
reviewed by Brendan Hughes

Elizabeth Treadwell’s Birds and Fancies
reviewed by Stephen Burt

David Marusek’s Getting to Know You
reviewed by R. Emmet Sweeney

Ron Currie, Jr.’s God is Dead
reviewed by Andrew Ervin

Cathy Park Hong’s Dance Dance Revolution
reviewed by Alan Gilbert

Robert Walser’s The Assistant
reviewed by Christopher Byrd

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Schema: A Brief Tribute to Long Titles
by Elizabeth Baird