No Regrets: Goodfellas and American Hardball
by Jim Shepard
Donald Rumsfeld has something in common with the mobsters of GoodFellas: they’re going to do whatever they want, and you won’t care.
Looking Forward to It
by Stephen Elliott
A gonzo novelist goes on tour with Howard Dean and discovers that politics is like high school for grown-ups.
The Ancient Roman Reading Craze
by Tony Perrottet
What crazed Dionysian rites rent the moral fabric of Roman society? Literary readings.
The Mooing of the Ruminant
by Sam Lipsyte
Bad-boy French writer Michel Houellebecq uncovers the simmering Western inertia beneath your lust for Thai prostitutes.
Let Us Now Kill White Elephants
by Howard Hampton
In the salad days of rock criticism, Lester Bangs perceived the music’s self-fulfilling end: excruciating, artificial, and beautiful.
Dostoyevsky, King of Spades
by James Browning
James McManus weaves a story of poker and lap-dances in the greatest belletristic sleight of hand since The Gambler.
interviewed by Heidi Julavits
Why don’t more photographers have crazy nannies, wear braces through high school, and enjoy role-playing with their husbands?
interviewed by Jonathan R. de la Manzana, Jr.
The former Conan costar, poolside, muses on the difficulty of maintaining a balance between marketability and utter crap on television.
interviewed by Joshuah Bearman
Fayyad’s ideas are employed by organizations with some of the scariest names around. But Total Information Awareness is here to help.
in conversation with Chip Kidd
Although he doesn’t believe in retirement, graphic design superstar Milton Glaser, of “I ‘Heart’ NY” fame, received his first inspiration in bed.
Mammal: The Unicorn
by Matthew Derby
Motel: Snow Flake Motel
by Suzanne Snider
by John Hodgman
Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp
by Anthony York
Light: Antler Chandelier
by Ryan Bartelmay
Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby
This month, Nick Hornby reads more than you did. Next month, he might just watch TV.
Tool: Krups FDE3-12 Universal Grill And Panini Maker
by Ayelet Waldman
by James Kass
Schema: Appreciating Your Own Adventure
by Brian McMullen
A Letter to Donald Rumsfeld
by Don Novello