February 2011
February 2011
The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left,
Margaret and Christine Wertheim, H. P. Lovecraft,
Mollie the Maltese, and Y. R. Chao.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 9, NO. 2

So There’s This Man
by T Cooper
A firsthand account of the difficulty of capturing the truth about a life in transition, the most natural thing in the world.

The Dead Chipmunk
by Chris Bachelder
The jokiness of a joke can be explained by the Ontic-Epistemic Theory, the surprisy, and the absence of post-Chekhovian details.

Slaying the Chinese Jabberwock
by Alan Levinovitz
What the failure of one Chinese translator's attempt to follow Alice through the looking-glass tells us about the dimensions of nonsense.

Lisa Dierbeck’s The Autobiography of Jenny X
reviewed by Mark Doten

Thalia Field’s Bird Lovers, Backyard
reviewed by Blake Bronson-Bartlett

H. L. Hix’s First Fire, Then Birds
reviewed by Stephen Burt

Sadegh Hedayat’s The Blind Owl
reviewed by Dalia Sofer

Celebrate People’s History (ed. Josh MacPhee) and Signs of Change by Dara Greenwald & Josh MacPhee
reviewed by Meehan Crist

Eileen Myles’s Inferno (a poet’s novel)
reviewed by Emily Cooke

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Margaret and Christine Wertheim
interviewed by Lawrence Weschler
Two sisters—a painter and a physicist—are spearheading a global project at the intersection of mathematics, science, ecology, feminism, and art.

Gary Francione
interviewed by Deb Olin Unferth
“The best justification that we have for killing billions of animals every year is that they taste good. That simply cannot suffice.”

by Paul Scheer

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

S. T. Joshi
micro-interviewed by Fritz Swanson

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis

Grime Glossary
by John McDonnell
An insider's guide to the linguistic world of Britain's grime music MCs.

edited by Alvin Buenaventura

Schema: Esoteric Concepts in Copyright Law
by Angie Waller

Le Loup Garou Déconstruit and Double Dutch Me, Hippocrates
two new poems by Jeannette Allée

Creative Accounting: Restoration, The Falls of Eternal Despair
by Christopher Benz, Victoria Binder, and Debra Evans

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