March 2012
March 2012
Cover illustration: Charles Burns!
VOL. 10, NO. 3

The Wolf Knife: A Feature Film by Laurel Nakadate
Introduction by Deb Olin Unferth

Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things
by Michael Atkinson
How an unglossy monster-crazed rough-pulp tabloid geared toward prepubescents opened the door to an appreciation of culture on the grandest scale

Out of the Blue
by Lili Anolik
Deep Throat, Last Tango in Paris, and the art of cultural penetration

A Sponge-Bag Containing a Small Furious Devil
by Claire Harlan Orsi
Nabokov, the Marx Brothers, and the art of literary slapstick

A Friday of the Living Dead Nightmare
by Adrian Van Young
Wherein a few brave souls watch entire horror-movie franchises in a twenty-four-hour period, risk their sanity, and suffer from total narrative dislocation, but maybe, too, remember what it’s like to be in love

The Lights Go On and You Reach for Your Hat
by Theodore McDermott
What is to be learned from the completely unacceptable films of Bobcat Goldthwait, which are utterly devoid of lessons?

The Inheritance
A new poem by Dolan Morgan

Nicholas Rombes on D. W. Griffith, Luke Reynolds on Rambo IV, and Josh Izenberg on the apocalypse.

Five life-Changing Cinematic Journeys by James Hughes

The Believer Book Award: Editors’ Shortlist

The Believer Poetry Award: Editors’ Shortlist

Geoff Dyer interviewed by Ethan Nosowsky

Jeffrey Wright interviewed by Miles Marshall Lewis
The American public too often perceives Africa through a glass darkly.”

Nora Ephron interviewed by Kathryn Borel
It takes this huge amount of will and energy for anything to happen to you.”

Peter Doig
interviewed by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
Seeing a play, listening to music you’ll always contextualize it in your own way. Whoever you are, wherever you are.”

Amy Finkel
micro-interviewed by Molly Oswaks
Half of the interview footage is people just bawling through basically the entire thing, then they would stop, then occasionally I would cry with them.”

with guest columnist Lena Dunham

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis

What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

“Comics” edited by Alvin Buenaventura