The cover depicts, clockwise from the top left,
John Kerry.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 2, NO. 10

The Insurgency in Iraq—A Tutorial in Four Ordnance-Filled Lessons
by Charles Duhigg
A journalist’s brushes with the Iraqi insurgency inspire a primer in the science of guerrilla warfare.

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Let There Be Darkness
by William Giraldi
In which the phrase “read it and weep” is transformed from blithe sarcasm to earnest advice.

H. P. Lovecraft: Against Nature, Against Life
by Michel Houellebecq
The first appearance in English of Houellebecq’s appreciation of Lovecraft, “the supreme antidote against all forms of reason.”

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A Soldier Upon a Hard Campaign
by Chris Bachelder
On satire, Upton Sinclair’s astonishing deployment of exclamation points, and the possibilities of politically engaged writing.

The Gloriously Irresponsible Career of Scott Bradfield
by Benjamin Strong
Scott Bradfield’s psychotic child prodigies and malaise-ridden dogs have something to tell us about the narcotizing ordinariness of modern life.

John Kerry
interviewed by ZZ Packer
The candidate on improving health care, education, the tax code, the unemployment rate, the prison system, and the rest of the world, too.

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Michael Bell
interviewed by Matthew Derby
Goths at the mall and Dracula aren’t vampires. Vampires are just rotting corpses who kill their kin while still lying inside their coffins.

Janet Malcolm
interviewed by Daphne Beal
The author of The Journalist and the Murderer on the rhetoric of email and the betrayal of the interview subject.

David Lodge’s Author, Author and Colm Tóibín’s The Master
reviewed by Jeff Alexander

Lindsay Ahl’s Desire
reviewed by Amanda Stern

Stephen Amidon’s Human Capital
reviewed by Heidi Julavits

China Miéville’s Iron Council
reviewed by Christopher Byrd

Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty
reviewed by Dan Johnson

Teen: Daniel (and Marcus, in absentia)
by T Cooper

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Seksopolis
by Milana Vuković Runjić

Factory: Fábrica de Muñecas Yoruba
by Monica Ferrell

Underway
by Various

Nashville Rascail Sprots R’prot: a new poem
by David Berman

Schema: Election Day Flowchart
by Neil Freeman

Four-Color Comics: “Gangway for Murder, Pt. V”
by Michael Kupperman