Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 8, NO. 3

Watching Shrek in Tehran
by Brian T. Edwards
The seen and the unseen in Iranian cinema.

Buddy Ebsen
by Hilton Als
Manhattan piers, Ballet Review, Justin Bond, and other paths through queer culture.

The Apocalypse Will Be Televised
by Mark Holcomb
British television writer Nigel Kneale never met a cultural totem or TV trope he couldn’t reduce to rubble.

Black Notes
by Graham T. Beck
The story of a former boxer from Pennsylvania’s coal country who can kill you—and bring you back to life—merely by touching you in the right place.

Bonus Disc Fever
by Alex Rose
Supplementary culture and the paradox of accessibility.

The Healing Machine
by Mike Plante
DIY filmmaker Brent Green builds an actual town in service of love and a bizarre form of therapy.

by Leyla Ertegun
Sitting in the dark, next to a man, escaping into pictures.

Charlyne Yi
interviewed by Sheila Heti
“Hey guys, I’m wearing a sweater. What’s going on?”

Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor
interviewed by Peter Orner
“I always found a certain irony in this idea of men trying to figure out how to nurse lambs.”

Harmony Korine
interviewed by Ross Simonini
“Child acrobats, people who can set themselves on fire—that’s always what kept me going. Goldfish swallowers, pygmies—to me, that’s the greatest thing in life.”

Gary Hustwit
micro-interviewed by Melissa Goldstein

Cinema, Happiness: Six Short Films by Karpo Godina
edited and arranged by Jacob Perlin
introduced by Jurij Meden
Notes on the DVD of short films included with the print issue.

Creative Accounting: Independent Feature Film
by M. Rebekah Otto

Whatever Surrogate: A new poem
by Albert Goldbarth

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis

The Believer Book Award: Editors’ Shortlist

Austerity Program
by David Khoury and Tucker Nichols

edited by Alvin Buenaventura

Missed Encounters with the Movies
by Elif Batuman
Seven unproduced screenplays by famous intellectuals.

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Teamwork Should Come From the Soul: A new poem
by Heather Christle

by Julie Klausner

Schema: Classic Movie Tie-Ins
by Steve Seid

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