The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left, Muriel Spark,
Thornton Wilder, Mary Gaitskill, and John Ashbery.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 7, NO. 2

A Partisan of Eternity
by Christopher R. Beha
A reconsideration of the oeuvre of Thornton Wilder, whose plays gave their author the reputation of being the Norman Rockwell of words.

Kill All Superheroes
by Oliver Broudy
A decidedly unanarchic Democrat drives his rental car into the woods to live and train among the anarchists.

Mental Chickens
by Todd Pruzan
Proust had his madeleines; Todd Pruzan has a CD of noisy New Zealish pop from the ’90s.

Genuine Artifice
by Brock Clarke
Self-consciousness and contrivance in Muriel Spark’s work is part of the story, but it’s not the whole story.

David Levine
in conversation with Christian Hawkey
Potato farming as theater, unsolicited headshots, and the space between theatrical realism and reality.

John Ashbery
interviewed by Travis Nichols
How difficult is it to write an overtly political poem that still functions as poetry?

Heather Chaplin
in conversation with Tom Bissell
What are the implications for art, civic engagement, and emotional intelligence in a generation of gamers?

Mary Gaitskill
interviewed by Sheila Heti
The author of Veronica and Bad Behavior explains the difference between shame and guilt, between emotion and sentimentality.

Harold McGee
micro-interviewed by Rachel Khong

The 2008 Believer Book Award: Editors’ Short List

by Eugene Mirman

Robyn Schiff’s Revolver
reviewed by Stephen Burt

Brian Francis Slattery’s Liberation
reviewed by Jeff VanderMeer

Lisa Russ Spaar’s Satin Cash
reviewed by Jennifer Chang

Chris Ware’s Acme Novelty Library #19
reviewed by Mark Edmund Doten

Bragi Ólafsson’s The Pets
reviewed by Lara Tupper

S. Yizhar’s Khirbet Khizeh
reviewed by Mark Kamine

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

The Fifty Greatest Things That Just Popped Into My Head
by Jack Pendarvis

Avian: The Loggerhead Shrike
by John O’Connor

Ground: A new poem
by Rae Armantrout

Gone Through: A new poem
by Elizabeth Bradfield

Schema: Untimely Demises of Celebrated Philosophers
by Simon Critchley