The cover depicts, clockwise from the top left,
Jenny Gage, good Andy Richter, Emperor Augustus, and bad Andy Richter.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 1, NO. 6

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.

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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.

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The Ancient Roman Reading Craze
by Tony Perrottet
What crazed Dionysian rites rent the moral fabric of Roman society? Literary readings.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jenny Gage
interviewed by Heidi Julavits
Why don’t more photographers have crazy nannies, wear braces through high school, and enjoy role-playing with their husbands?

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Andy Richter
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.

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Usama Fayyad
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.

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Milton Glaser
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.

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Mammal: The Unicorn
by Matthew Derby

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Motel: Snow Flake Motel
by Suzanne Snider

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Hodgmina
by John Hodgman

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Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp
by Anthony York

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Light: Antler Chandelier
by Ryan Bartelmay

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby
This month, Nick Hornby reads more than you did. Next month, he might just watch TV.

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Tool: Krups FDE3-12 Universal Grill And Panini Maker
by Ayelet Waldman

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Underway
by Various

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Child: Gabrielle
by James Kass

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Recommended Reading

Schema: Appreciating Your Own Adventure
by Brian McMullen

A Letter to Donald Rumsfeld
by Don Novello