January/February 2015
January/February 2015
The cover features a figure from the Jimi Hendrix–commissioned, hundred-foot-long sci-fi/erotica mural that lines the hallway of Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village, painted by Lance Jost in 1970.
VOL. 13. NO. 1


A River Runs Through It
by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah
Two generations of guardians have fostered Jimi Hendrix’s dream of Electric Lady Studios as a haven for peace, love, and the universal language of music.

Encounter with the Infinite
by Robert Schneider
A mathematics so powerful that it anticipated discoveries by nearly a century—and turned a psychedelic-pop musician into a number theorist.

All Across the Desert Our Bread Is Blooming!
by Lisa Wells
I was asking Jesus to guide me to a living bread, and by God, he did. I ended up right in the middle of it.”

Perpetually Awaiting a Rebirth of Wonder
by Steven Boyd Saum
Observations of life along the borders during Ukraine’s elections last May.

You'll Never Write About Me Again
by Livia Manera Sambuy
A relationship that caused the journalist to ask herself, “Would I be able to avoid betrayal and still produce serious work?”

A Discussion about (mostly) books as they relate to a theme of contemporary interest.

Readings for Space Tourists
by Marc Katz


The War on Terror: Delayed Symptoms
by David Roth

What We Talk About When We Talk About Virality
by Stephen Burt

Lifestyles of the Gluten-Intolerant
by Theodore Gioia

Tomorrow's Epidemic of Forgetting, Today
by Colin Dickey

The Brutal Democracy of AIDS
by Nicole Pasulka


The Process
by Sara Roffino

Robert Crumb
interviewed by Dan Nadel

Zainab Salbi
interviewed by Jonathan Meiburg

Roz Chast
interviewed by Joanne Furio

Stephin Merritt
interviewed by Ross Simonini

Dian Hanson
interviewed by Elina Shatkin

Kumail Nanjiani
interviewed by Jane Marie


What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler

How to Follow a Recipe
by Tamar Adler

edited by Alvin Buenaventura

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby


The Undeserving River: A new poem
by John Ashbery

Everything We Can See in the Universe Glows: A new poem
by Jynne Dilling Martin

The Craft Talk: A new poem
by Rae Armantrout

Schema: Now Let Us Laugh Together
by Annie Julia Wyman