June 2012
June 2012
The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left, Sophie Calle, Penn Badgley as Dan Humphrey, Shawn Nelson Schmitt, and Karen Armstrong. Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 10, NO. 5

Street View
by Geoff Dyer
Michael Wolf, Jon Rafman, and Doug Rickard may be the art world’s first stay-at-home street photographers.

A Dog Named Humphrey
by Sloane Crosley
A writer plays herself, or “herself,” on a fictional TV series about richer, more glamorous, and better-dressed New Yorkers.

a new poem by Jericho Brown

When You Lift the Avocado to Your Mouth
a new poem by Troy Jollimore

What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler
A monthly column

The Gentleman’s Library, a Nowaday Redux
by Bill Cotter
One somewhat-ill-read man’s quest to create the ultimate collection of the most important works of literature of all time.

Schema: The Harley Davidson in American Culture
by Tim Lane

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

with guest columnist Wyatt Cenac

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus
Special Over Seventy Edition!

Shawn Nelson Schmitt On Deafness: A Conversation About Language And Communication
interview by Catherine Lacey

A conversation between Wayne Koestenbaum, Matthew Rohrer, & Rachel Zucker

Karen Armstrong
interviewed by Lauren Bride

Sophie Calle
interviewed by Sheila Heti

Simon Rich
in conversation with Simon Rich

Yevgeniya Traps reviews Chester Brown’s Paying for It

Zac Hill reviews Ian Holding’s Of Beasts and Beings

Catherine Lacey reviews Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s The Truth About Marie

James Santel on Advertising Copy: Standards, Gimmicks

Stephen Burt reviews the Gadabout TM 1050 Cudworth-Hooper Owner’s Manual

The Process
by Ross Simonini
A conversation with artist Eddie Martinez about his painting Ghost Fish