January 2014
January 2014
The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left:
Lena Dunham, Judy Blume, Nancy Kerrigan, and Tonya Harding. Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 12. NO. 1

Remote Control
by Sarah Marshall
Revisiting the myths and media narratives behind the off-ice melodrama of Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan, and the 1994 winter Olympics.

The Ecstasy of Maurice Wilson
by Keir Roper-Caldbeck
The story of a British adventurer who tackled Everest alone in order to prove the power of faith and fasting.

Indian Lake
by Katie Ryder
Digging up the tangled roots of Americans’ (generally erroneous) belief in their own Indian heritage.

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus
“You get the feeling all of the people here could walk out of the gallery and into any other place and buy whatever they want with the currency of their mere existence.”

Pillow of Air
by Lawrence Weschler

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

edited by Alvin Buenaventura

A new poem by Allan Peterson

Judy Blume
in conversation with Lena Dunham
“I feel so much more than my gender and I feel so much more than my relationship to my body and my relationship to men, but suddenly you’re asked to be an expert.”

Anne Enright
interviewed by Conan Putnam
“There is a run, a fantastic slide toward the end. And with the run there is this terrible pang of loss.”

The Process
interviewed by Chris Clayton
Alec Soth and Brad Zellar talk about the LBM Dispatch and its recent focus on the Silicon, Death, and San Joaquin valleys.

Hip-hop as a Power Tool for Self-Examination
Starlito interviewed by Joshua Bauchner

Deborah Woodard’s Borrowed Tales
reviewed by Stephen Burt

Monthly Junk Mailcoupons
reviewed by Douglas W. Milliken

Saul Bellow’s Humboldt’s Gift
reviewed by James Santel

Schema: Appointments with Death
by Shoshana Akabas