The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left,
Amy Hempel, Panda Bear, Paul Simonon, and Karl May.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 5, NO. 8

The Apache, The Thief, The Führer, and the Philosopher
by Maria Hummel
Karl May was one of the world’s most popular adventure writers, a devoted pacifist, and possibly responsible for the rise of global fascism.

Hobson’s Choice
by Rachel Aviv
Psychoanalysis turns all psychiatrists into literature critics; what does it do to neuroscientists studying the brain during dreams?

The Dropout in Your In-Box
by Mark Sundeen
The true story of how dudes with beards in their underwear actually altered the discourse of American politics.

The Banality of Comedy
by Philip Oltermann
George Tabori tried to Europeanize Hollywood, but Hollywood wouldn’t have any of it.

Adrian Tomine
interviewed by Nicole Rudick
The graphic novelist and cartoonist distinguishes between more precise drawings and better ones.

Amy Hempel
interviewed by Sarah Manguso
“The goal is always to sound unlike myself.”

Ryan Knighton & Jim Knipfel
in conversation
A blind, sarcastic New Yorker and a blind, sarcastic memoirist from Canada walk into a bar in Brooklyn. One of them has a tape recorder.

Panda Bear
interviewed by Trinie Dalton
The Animal Collective member talks about performing solo—without the panda costume.

Damon Albarn & Paul Simonon
interviewed by Nick Coleman
Damon from Blur and the Clash’s legendary bassist (in a new band together) share a deep love of their home territory: North Kensington.

Nutrition Is a Force Multiplier
by Roland Thompson
The first installment in a monthly column about food during wartime.

by Morgan Murphy

Brock Clarke’s An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England
reviewed by David Haglund

Mary Dalton’s Red Ledger
reviewed by Stephen Burt

Denis Johnson’s Tree of Smoke
reviewed by Alec Michod

Jeff Parker’s Ovenman
reviewed by Heather Birrell

Selah Saterstrom’s The Meat and Spirit Plan
reviewed by Ed Park

Alena Hairston’s The Logan Topographies
reviewed by Milton Welch

Wayne Koestenbaum’s Hotel Theory
reviewed by Alex Kitnick

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Souvenir: Portuguese Corduroy
by Michael Ames

Luck: a poem
by Roberto Bolaño (translated by Laura Healy)

Schema: When Basketball Imitates Melville
by Chris Bachelder