May 2013
May 2013
This cover depicts, clockwise from the top left, luchadores whose respective identities are yet to be revealed.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 11, NO. 4

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

Lucha Libro
by Christopher Heaney
On Saturday nights in Lima, a bracket of thirty-two unpublished writers don luchador masks and battle for the future of Peruvian literature.

by Rachel Kushner
The black comedy of Curzio Malaparte, in which Americans eat manatees and vendors hawk pubic wigs in postwar Italy.

A Trip to Japan in Sixteen Minutes
by Michelle Legro
In 1944, the self-imposed exile Sadakichi Hartmann died dreaming of the perfume concert that failed to take him home.

Search Party
A new poem by Jean Monahan

Here in America
by Lawrence Weschler
How a community arts center in west central Illinois started a discussion on censorship, abuse, and the power of transgressive art.

Greg Cwik on Elliott Gould’s Philip Marlowe in Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye

Scott Esposito on Gerald Murnane’s Barley Patch

Aaron Cutler on Dave Kehr’s When Movies Mattered

Noah Baumbach
interviewed by Vendela Vida

Rudy Wurlitzer
interviewed by Alan Licht

Rashida Jones
interviewed by Kathryn Borel

Zhuang Zhou
interviewed by Alan Levinovitz

The Process
by Christopher Bollen
A conversation with the artist Seth Price about his book How to Disappear in America.

What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Schema: Team Dostoevsky
by Bob Solotaroff

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis

edited by Alvin Buenaventura