September 2011
July/August 2011
The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left,
Sarah Palin, J.-K. Huysmans, a wig, and Jason Schwartzman.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 9, NO. 7

Doubling in the Middle
Barry Duncan explains how to get from “a man, a plan, a canal, Panama” to a mega-palindrome of over a thousand characters.
by Gregory Kornbluh

Orthodox Chic
What happens when Brooklyn’s Jewish women turn to blogging to vent their frustration at two-thousand-year-old customs?
by Meaghan Winter

“Local News”
a new poem
by Allan Peterson

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Sedaratives with guest columnist Kristen Schaal

Declining in Style
France’s decadents introduced Europe to a world so overstuffed one psychoanalyst feared it would irreparably damage sensory capacity.
by Marc Katz

The Process
A conversation with artist Hilary Harkness about her painting Alice at Loggerheads.
by Sheila Heti

What the Swedes Read
a monthly column by Daniel Handler

What the Butler Did
The lasting appeal of mystery fiction’s ubiquitous catchphrase can be attributed to a handful of sensationally murderous servants.
by Nate Pedersen

Jason Schwartzman
interviewed by Ross Simonini

M. Lynx Qualey on Egyptian protest slogans, Cooper Bennett Burt on black socks and Wallace Stevens, Peter Campion on Norman Dubie, Lee Konstantinou on Andrew Foster Altschul’s Sarah Palin.

edited by Alvin Buenaventura

Don DeLillo in conversation
with Bret Easton Ellis

“[I Once Was a Child Am a Child]”
a new poem by Victoria Chang

Aki Sasamoto in conversation
with Miles Seaton

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Juan Gabriel Vásquez
micro-interviewed by Jesse Tangen-Mills

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis

Schema: The Map of Imagined Cartography
by Rebecca Power