May 2014
May 2014
The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left:
Chuck Palahniuk, Jemima Kirke, Wong May, and Ava Gardner.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 12. NO. 4

The Believer Book Award
The Believer Poetry Award
The Reader Survey


Mr. Nhem’s Genocide Camera
by Lauren Quinn
In Cambodia, an ex–Khmer Rouge attempts to open a museum of atrocity.

Consider the Mort
by Vladic Ravich
Scientists, fishermen, and environmentalists contemplate the possibility of consciousness in fish, and what it might mean for the aquaculture industry.

Confidentially Yours
by Anne Helen Petersen
Behind the the Hollywood celebrity-gossip industry complex.


Matthew Stokoe’s High Life
reviewed by David Rice

Mia Couto’s The Tuner of Silences
reviewed by Abigail Sindzinski

Daniel Canty’s Wigrum
reviewed by Colette DeDonato


A new poem by Hannah Gamble

Schema: Things I Learned from Browsing the Catalog of the Leading Hotels of the World
by Ben Schott


“What You Write Is Nobody’s Business”
Wong May interviewed by Zachary Schomburg

Chuck Palahniuk in conversation with Tom Spanbauer
“Focus on exorcising your demons in the work. If you can do that, then you’ll succeed in the world.”

“A Nice Game and a Beautiful Game”
Judit Polgár interviewed by Sheila Heti

Kenneth Lonergan
interviewed by Lucas Kavner
“It’s sort of embarrassing for me to be the boss.”

The Process
by Ross Simonini
Artist and actor Jemima Kirke talks about her painting, Rafaella.


What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

edited by Alvin Buenaventura