March/April 2013
March/April 2013
This tenth-anniversary cover is not illustrated by our usual cover artist, Charles Burns, who has, over the past decade, responded with nearly inhuman calm and grace to our requests for drawings of such things as “a white dog named Mollie” and “a dude from John Baldessari walking up a giant muscle-man tongue.”

This cover is a stock-photography depiction of a champagne toast, and was created by guest designer Brian McMullen.

Depending on which version you hold in your hands, the photographs are either Couple Enjoying Champagne in Bubble Bath, © Steve Hix/Somos Images/Corbis and (inside) Business Group Celebrating, © Yuri Arcurs/BigStock, or the aforementioned business group and Four Young People in the Bathtub Drinking Champagne, © Pinto/Corbis. Confidential to Steve, Yuri, and Pinto: cheers!
VOL. 11, NO. 3

The Believer Book Award
The Believer Poetry Award

Letter to the Editors
by Marc Herman
Ten years on, a reexamination of a piece from issue one

Noise-Canceling Headphones
by Paul La Farge
A mole's-eye view of the novel, its pleasures and inconveniences

The Anarchists Must Go
by Justin Wadland
In the wake of a president's assassination, a community newspaper with a circulation of seven hundred and a section focused largely on steamer schedules and tomato yields found itself defending the right to free speech while an angry mob formed a raiding party

November 24, 1963
by Susan Straight
What my brother left behind

Some Permutations of We
by Margo Jefferson
Criticism that comes close to home

Partial Magic in Pat the Bunny
by Ed Park
Grappling with the horror of infinite mammal regression

Nicholas Rombes on a ten-year-old film: Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Doppelganger

Adriane Quinlan on a museum ten years in the making: Museum of Motherhood (M.O.M.)

Stephen Burt on a statesman of ten years ago: Chris Van Hollen

Benjamin Weissman on writing gigs of ten years ago: Pornography and Professional Skiing

Blue Prints
A new poem by Bob Hicok

Spring Formal
A new poem by Rosalie Moffett

Theory of Relativity
A new poem by Eric Weinstein

Joe Frank
interviewed by Jonathan Goldstein
“Stop at nothing to get the best work that you can get. Betray, violate, cause enormous harm.”

Rev. James Lawson
interviewed by Diane Lefer
“How can you claim to love God, who is invisible, if you hate the neighbor who you can see?”

Martha Plimpton
interviewed by Kathryn Borel
“When you start worrying about how you are being perceived, your work loses integrity.”

Jeanette Winterson
interviewed by Andrea Tetrick
“I was so angry and thought, I'm not playing the game, because I didn't want to play the literary game. I wanted to write books, which is different.”

The Process
Kati Heck interviewed by Makeal Flammini
The artist discusses making her painting Entfuhrung der Mutter mit Hase

Four Paintings by Raymond Pettibon, with text by Jonathan Lethem

What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler

“Comics” edited by Alvin Buenaventura

Schema: Toll-Free Ogres
by Brian McMullen

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby