The Language Plague
by Jyoti Thottam
Doctors say: talking about disease can promote racism, imperialism, and insularity (and may cause dizziness).
The Romantic Fabulist Predicts a Dreamy Apocalypse
by Brian Evenson
Steve Erickson is dark, poetic, romantic, imaginative, and, according to one of his novels, he was murdered in Berlin in the 1990s.
We Are All Harkonnens
by John Giuffo
Frank Herbert’s Dune series is dire prophecy posing as drug-induced science fiction.
Nazis, Nuremberg, and Gold-Digging Women
by Tom Bissell
An exploration of the deadening effects of documentary representation, struggling towards the ultimate question: Are You Hot?
Everything Falls Apart
by Jeff Byles
From the London blitz to greasy Gotham, destruction is the necessary prelude to appreciation.
Grab Your Hankies, All You Women (and Democrats)!
by Jim Shepard
Traditional weepies offer either self-denial or indulged desire. Babette’s Feast is no ordinary weepie.
interviewed by Tom Vanderbilt
Don’t mourn the skeletons of prehistoric children: they’d be dead by now, anyway.
interviewed by Anthony York
America’s new fighting technique is unstoppable and David Rees might be the funniest, most dangerous cartoonist in the world.
interviewed by Robert Birnbaum
On getting unsteadily better and the exhilarations of plot.
interviewed by Vendela Vida
How to spot good songs, avoid black eyes, and perfect the art of the grift.
interviewed by Gideon Lewis-Kraus
Neoconservative intellectuals parade their philosophical roots. Richard Rorty doesn’t believe they have any.
Motel: The Grantmoor Motor Lodge
by Alex Kitnick
by Various Authors
Tool: The Burdizzo® Emasculatone 9
by Sarah Stewart Taylor
Child: Joey Jones (Future Stage Name)
by Glenith Gray
Lost in Translation: China Edition
by Hua Hsu
Fatherly Books: These Books Smell Like Musk
by Lilian Hernandez
Mammal: Jack Russell Terrier
by Amanda Gersh
Light: High-Powered Tabletop Laser
by Akil C. Narayan and Eli Horowitz
Children’s Book: a new poem
by David Berman
Schema: Public Intellectuals in the 20th Century
by Gideon Lewis-Kraus