The End of Escapism and the Beginning of Play
by Benjamin Kunkel
Adam Phillips provides a psychoanalysis more playful than pompous, but if we’re not careful, someone may lose, ahem, an “I.”
by John Giuffo
On the road to 2008, writing a decent biography on Mayor Giuliani is both necessary and impossible.
The Mouthwash of the Past
by Mark Peranson
Transmission from a lazy, filmmaking iconoclast—Guy Maddin’s unique cinema continues to confound our mainstream sensibilities.
Does Javier Marías Have a Leg Fetish?
by Vendela Vida
This Spanish author gives Americans a reason to quit literary tourism.
The Flannel-Swaddled Insomniac
by Howard Hampton
Cat Power, Lora Logic, and Enid Coleslaw give voice to the unsung weirdo republic.
The Unproportioned Ego
by Nick Laird
Was Robert Lowell simply a “maker of period-pieces,” or did his exacting timeliness acquire a timelessness all its own?
interviewed by Touré
The Roots’ drummer, aka Questlove, tells us why hiphop-lovers should be thankful Jesse Jackson never made it to the White House.
interviewed by Dorna Khazeni
The Iranian artist and filmmaker on martyrdom, revolution, Kiarostami, exile, and parking meters.
interviewed by Jill Stauffer
A jet-setting philosopher explains why the ordinary is our only bulwark against meaninglessness.
Felicia Luna Lemus
interviewed by Michelle Tea
Butch or femme? To a Los Angeles-based author of queer latina fiction, it just doesn’t matter.
by Various Authors
The Uninhabited United States Air Force
by Joshuah Bearman
Child: Vonn Weisenberger
by Ken Foster
Tool: Amra Eye Caps
by Mary Roach
Mammal: The Florida Manatee
by Amanda Gersh
Motel: Cliff House Inn
by Phil Busse
by Jason Roberts
Schema: A Coming Of Age Reading Checklist
by Brian McMullen
The High Numbers: a new poem
by David Berman
A Business Proposal for Marsha Johnson
by Don Novello