June 2010
June 2010
The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left,
Phoebe Gloeckner, Xi Chuan, Elaine Dundy, and Yu Jian.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 8, NO. 5

The Last Stand of Free Town
by Porter Fox
What made one of the longest-lasting social experiments in modern history fall apart?

Two Poets
by Robert Hass
A lively new generation of poets in China is trying to find its way through, and around, the ideology of the past.

Blacked Out
by Michael G. Powell
The black marks covering government documents have a rich history, from FOIA and Man Ray to George W. Bush and Jenny Holzer.

Laughing a Lot, and Often Over Nothing Much
by Elizabeth Gumport
The screwball heroism of Elaine Dundy, chick-lit’s brilliantly angry and funny stepmother.

Phoebe Gloeckner
interviewed by Hillary Chute
The former medical illustrator has spent her career producing formally experimental work on the lives of young women.

David Shields
in conversation with Sarah Manguso
Two epigrammatic and genre-melting writers discuss the narrative gene, the best “white-space books” of all time, and self-karaoke.

Michael Silverblatt
interviewed by Sarah Fay
This radio host weeps during interviews, knows his abstract math, and threw away his stuffed animals because Susan Sontag told him to.

Three poems
by Yu Jian
translated from the Chinese
by Wang Ping and Ron Padgett

Three sections from Misfortune
by Xi Chuan
translated from the Chinese by
Wang Ping and Alex Lemon

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis

edited by Alvin Buenaventura

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Jane Unrue’s Life of a Star
reviewed by Gary Lutz

Karen Weiser’s To Light Out
reviewed by Stephen Burt

Joshua Cohen’s Witz
reviewed by Blake Butler

Tove Jansson’s The True Deceiver
reviewed by Theodore McDermott

by Rose McGowan

Schema: Our Nation’s Poets Laureate
by Moze Halperin

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