VOL. 13, NO. 3
by Pablo Calvi
In a land as exceptional for its fragile and fiercely guarded biodiversity as for its dwindling population of guardians, the indigenous Sápara are first in line for a new form of extinction. And they are staking the only thing they have left against it—their afterlife.
ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF
The Eleventh Annual Believer Book Award
The Fifth Annual Believer Poetry Award
[Writer, Artist, Filmmaker]
interviewed by Ross Simonini
“Everywhere I go, I’m more of a novice or an outsider than the other people in the field.”
Satan in Poughkeepsie
by Alex Mar
Anton LaVey exposed the show business of religion when he founded the Church of Satan. Half a century later, its high priest holds afternoon tea in suburban New York.
[SITCOM WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER]
interviewed by Stephanie Palumbo
“The system of network tv is creaking under its own weight right now.”
A Discussion About (Mostly) Books as They Relate to a Theme of Contemporary Interest
This Issue: Silence
A Good Deaf Man Is Hard to Find
By Sara Nović
by Aaron Shulman
The irresistible disenchantments of the Panero family, introduced by the best Spanish cult documentary you’ve never heard of.
interviewed by Kevin Koczwara
The US women’s soccer team star on growing up playing with her twin, the world of women’s soccer, and the changing landscape for gay athletes.
Epidemic in the Borderland
by Dan Werb
Dr. Thomas Patterson is pioneering HIV prevention in Tijuana’s most dangerous districts, and the results are staggering.
interviewed by Alexandra Molotkow
The forensic reform advocate spent nearly eleven years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit; now he speaks about the conviction, forgiveness, and closure.
interviewed by Sabra Embury
A discussion about subcultures, fanatics, drug problems, and being a dad, held over the course of several humorous emails.
Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby
The popular column returns.
interviewed by Kathleen Hale
HBO’s “de Medici” of television has won more prime-time Emmys than any other individual.
Fatal Flaw: A new poem
by Kay Ryan
Sock: A new poem
by Kay Ryan
Toward a Pathology of the Possessed
by Esmé Weijun Wang
Schizophrenia’s effects are often discussed in metaphors. What is it like to live with those metaphors?
How to Field-Dress a Deer
by Roger D. Hodge
An installment in our series of essential advice.
What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler
What’s Left Behind
by Kea Krause
A flooded copper mine outside Butte, Montana, is the largest contaminated body of water in the country. And it contains a slime that could save the mine, the town, and maybe even the world.
Schema: Great Moments on the Loo in Literature
by Sylvia Christie
interviewed by Alex Dueben
The cartoonist discusses creating his noir graphic novel Kill My Mother.
A monthly podcast from THE BELIEVER and KCRW
This whole episode (our season one finale) is a conversation between Lena Dunham and Judy Blume, in Blume’s Manhattan apartment.
Also: We asked Lena Dunham to help us score the interview, and we made this mixtape of the songs she suggested. The mix complies songs Lena thinks go well with the interview, as well as music she’s currently listening to.