February 2013
February 2013
This cover depicts, clockwise from the top left,
Alison Pill, Renata Adler, Sarah Schulman, and Tenzin Choegyal.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 11, NO. 2

Reincarnation in Exile
by Tim McGirk
What happens when a monastic system is forced, after eight hundred years, to encounter the temptations of the twenty-first century?

Leaving the Witness
by Amber Scorah
A young Jehovah’s Witness travels to China and finds her own religious freedom.

A Steeplechase Composed Entirely of Hurdles
by Matthew Specktor
On books that can be likened to party lines, still-wet paintings stared at from too close, radios with restless operators, and chess games.

Hitler, Cineast
by Michael Atkinson
A look at the movies that fueled the myth-creation of the Third Reich's Aryan dream.

Samuel Carlisle reviews Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho

Stephen Burt reviews Brent Cunningham’s Journey to the Sun

Michael Peck reviews Mozart: The Complete Piano Sonatas performed by Glenn Gould

Kristopher Jansma reviews François Vigneault‘s illustrated “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”

Schema: Artists’ Liaisons in the Twentieth Century
by Catherine Lacey

A new poem by George David Clark

“We Have Invented a New Form of Death”
an interview with Colin Dayan by Jill Stauffer
On solitary confinement as “a new form of death, a death-in-life that needs no judicial decision and is not open to scrutiny."

Allyson Strafella
interviewed by Suzanne Snider
The artist discusses making her works, which are drawn entirely on electric typewriters.

Alison Pill
interviewed by Sheila Heti
The actor talks about self-destruction, losing her blankie, working with Woody Allen, and her love for Jennifer Lawrence.

Sarah Schulman
interviewed by Zoe Whittall
“My generation is the first to be completely out in popular culture.”

Jeffrey Eugenides
micro-interviewed by Zack Ruskin

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis

What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler

with guest columnist Steven Yeun