September 2013
September 2013
The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left,
Edward Albee, Margaret Cho, Chris Kraus, and Harold “Red” Grange.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 11, NO. 7

Mercury’s Ghost
by Rich Cohen
Scandalized, lionized, and then forgotten, 1920s NFL superstar Harold “Red” Grange once made sportswriters resort to poetry.

The Ark and the Archivist
by Dalia Sofer
Danilo Kiš’s tragic early life left him with an insatiable appetite for the truth—though he sometimes had to invent it.

Christmas in Thessaloniki
by Arnon Grunberg
Life in the long shadow of Greece’s economic collapse, as related by five citizens of the nation’s second-largest city.

Conducting Ivy with the Girl Down the Street
A new poem by Jamaal May

What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler

Sedaratives with guest columnist Nell Scovell

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
with Jack Pendarvis

Schema: Freight Train Hopping in America
by Tim Lane

edited by Alvin Buenaventura

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

“Nobody ‘Deserves’ Any Of This”
an interview with Linda Ross Meyer by Jill Stauffer
Part three in a series of interviews on criminal justice, incarceration, and solitary confinement.

Edward Albee
interviewed by Linda Leseman
“I get some interesting people together, and I see what happens to them.”

Margaret Cho
interviewed by Anna Suzuki
The pioneering comic on crowd control, tattoos, and why comedians are the blue-collar workers of the entertainment industry.

Chris Kraus
interviewed by Sheila Heti
“I see my writing as transcription—a transcription of what I see, hear, think, live. I’ve always been a fan of plain writing.”

Adam M. Goldstein
micro-interviewed by Nicholas Hune-Brown

Aaron Gilbreath on anonymous promotional materials

Nathan C. Martin reviews Kurt Hollander’s Several Ways To Die In Mexico City

Tana Wojczuk on William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus