October 2011
October 2011
The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left,
Bette Midler, Amy Winehouse, Steve Carell, and Anna Deavere Smith.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 9, NO. 8

Postmodernism As Liberty Valance: Notes on an Execution
by Jonathan Lethem

How to Explore Like a Real Victorian Adventurer
by Monte Reel

Meat and Light
by Victoria Nelson

Burden of Proof
by Billy Sothern

Is This Any Fun?
by Lisa Levy

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis

with guest columnist Sarah Thyre

What the Swedes Read
A monthly column by Daniel Handler

The Process
Ross Simonini on Christian Holstad’s “Money”

A new poem by Dorian Geisler

The Climb Down
A new poem by Kate Rutledge Jaffe

The Responsibility of Being an Only Child
A new poem by Kent Shaw

Anna Deavere Smith
interviewed by Chinaka Hodge

Steve Carell
interviewed by Kathryn Borel

Kenneth Goldsmith
interviewed by Dave Mandl

Julian Gough
interviewed by Drew Smith

Christopher Owens
micro-interviewed by Alex Scordelis

David Shrigley
interviewed by Jason Polan

Stephen Burt on Harmony Holiday; Andrés Carrasquillo on Machine of Death; Nick Rombes on truth in advertising; John Reed, Tom La Farge, and Annie Julia Wyman on Aelian

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Schema: The Ultimate Fate of the Universe
by Russell Quinn

edited by Alvin Buenaventura