February 2012
February 2012
The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left,
Neko Case, Sherman Alexie, Chris Johanson, and The Thinker.

Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 10, NO. 2

Atomic Bread Baking at Home
by Aaron Bobrow-Strain
The history of sliced bread in America provides a cautionary tale for equating food intake with societal health.

The Invisibility Artist
by Elizabeth Greenwood
Former skip tracer Frank Ahearn’s deception business is flourishing—with the help of a lot of people looking to vanish without a trace.

La Bibliothèque Impossible
by Daniel Levin Becker
Parsing the inner lives of three dozen venerated French experimentalists through a roomful of their marginalia.

My Patron
by Nick Hornby
The early job history of a man with absolutely no ability to accomplish anything that men in suits accomplish during the workday.

Albert Einstein
a new poem by Matthew Zapruder

Tommaso Landolfi’s "Dialogue on the Greater Harmonies"
reviewed by Michael Peck

Julian T. Brolaski’s Gowanus Atropolis
reviewed by Nicolle Elizabeth

Gabriela Avigur-Rotem’s Heatwave and Crazy Birds
reviewed by Michael Casper

Walter Potter’s The Death and Burial of Cock Robin
reviewed by Jeannie Vanasco

Sherman Alexie in conversation with Neko Case
“Nobody ever asks us to have authority. Nobody assigns us authority.”

Sam Farber
interviewed by Katie Bachner
The trustee of the American Folk Art Museum and collector of outsider artists discusses expanding the confines of the mainstream.

Chris Johanson
interviewed by Natasha Boas
The artist reflects on his career so far, including horribly literal flyers for Dead Kennedys shows and succumbing to art-stardom.

Ian Bogost micro-interviewed by Michael Thomsen

Sedaratives with guest columnist: Weird Al Yankovic

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

The Process
by Ross Simonini
A conversation with artist Brian DeGraw about his sculpture The Thinker.

What the Swedes Read
A monthly column by Daniel Handler

Schema: Messages Conveyed Via Balloon by Josh Fischel

edited by Alvin Buenaventura