February 2014
February 2014
The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left:
Patrice Wilson, a nurse, Lydia Millet, and a dolphin.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 12. NO. 2

The Empathy Exams
by Leslie Jamison
Acting out pain until that pain becomes real, for $13.50 an hour.

Everything Is Going to Be OK
by Michael Schulman
In 1994, the Coca-Cola Company created an apathetic soda brand to win the hearts of Generation X. It didn’t work.

On the Open Polar Sea
by Colin Dickey
Near the North Pole, discredited science makes for great science fiction.

A new poem by Tyler Mills

What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler

Pillow of Air
by Lawrence Weschler

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

edited by Alvin Buenaventura

The Rest Was Just Imagination
Lydia Millet interviewed by Colin Winnette
The novelist discusses her early-’90s stint working as a copy editor” at Hustler magazine.

Diana Reiss
interviewed by Meehan Crist
The animal-cognition researcher explains explains how dolphins are a little like human children and a lot like aliens.

Patrice Wilson
interviewed by John Semley
The songwriter/producer/viral-video mastermind on the haters and on rhyming broccoli with Monopoly.

Nathan Jandl on Ted Leeson’s The Habit of Rivers

Stephen Burt on the melodica

Mark Sussman on Daniel Spoerri’s In the Museum of Natural History — An Incompetent Dialogue?

Schema: Literary Technoprognosticators
by Michael Barron

Tin House