May 2012
May 2012
The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left, Miss Futurama,
Ricky Jay, Kateřina Šedá, and a sentient jelly blob.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 10, NO. 4

The Believer Book Award
and The Believer Poetry Award
The Editors
The Reader Survey
Believer readers vote for their favorites

American Isolato
by Ginger Strand
How the creation of the United States Highway System led to the unremarked rise of a very American breed of serial killer

What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler
A monthly column

Americans Talk About Their Dogs
by Krista Whetstone
“I wouldn’t have said this before, but now I have a tremendous fear of having anything I have to protect.”

Drying in the Wilderness
by Tana Wojczuk
The false promises of Manifest Destiny and the individualism of the American West created a mirage in the middle of the desert

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis

Schema: The Many Brows of Wallace Shawn
by Megan Roberts

White Migraine: A new poem
by Michael Dickman

On Dodgem Jockeys
by Tom McCarthy
Hast thou considered the hired hands on the bumper-car circuit?

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Colossal in Scale, Appalling in Complexity
by B. Alexandra Szerlip
The tiny, meticulous re-creations of golf courses, racetracks, and the fields of war that were the precursors of a sweeping view of the future

Kateřina Šedá
interviewed by Darren O’Donnell
The artist who brought a village from the Czech Republic to London describes what it takes to curate entire lives

Ricky Jay
interviewed by Greg Buium
How far can you trust a man who’s a sleight-of-hand artist, card-sharp, actor, and storyteller?

William Connolly
interviewed by Jill Stauffer
The political theorist discusses the dangers of pretending that the personal and the political can be separated.

Jonathan Lethem
micro-interviewed by Peter Andrey Smith
Jonathan Lethem microinterviewed by Peter Andrey Smith

Rick Moody on Ryan Boudinot

Ronnie Scott on the BBC's South Pacific

John Reed on Edward Gorey and Peter Neumeyer

edited by Alvin Buenaventura