The cover depicts, counterclockwise from the top right,
Lorrie Moore, Nosferatu, David Sedaris, and David Mamet.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 3, NO. 8

The Secret Handshake
by Samantha Hunt
The regionally specific and sometimes incomprehensible language in Breece D’J Pancake’s fiction is a warning to readers: Enter at your own risk.

The Limits of Empathy
by B. Kite
J. M. Coetzee’s new novel Slow Man details the self-eating introspection of a protagonist with one leg.

The Hatchet Man
by Paul Collins
After his mentor snubbed him in his will, John T. Smith promptly wrote one of the most magnificently peevish biographies of all time.

Sacrifice and Rage from Nosferatu to Pat Tillman
by Jim Shepard
Count Orlok and Dick Cheney have more in common than just looks.

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Carnivores, Capitalists, and the Meat We Read
by Jon Mooallem
From Upton Sinclair to Fast-Food Nation, the way to the public’s heart is through its stomach.

David Sedaris
interviewed by Eric Spitznagel
He speaks the language of the people. And of helper monkeys.

Bob Mould
interviewed by Matthew Derby
The legendary Hüsker Dü frontman on confessional songwriting and professional wrestling consulting.

Peter Fitzpatrick
interviewed by Jill Stauffer
If we don’t really know what a nation is, how can we know what laws are?

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Lorrie Moore
interviewed by Angela Pneuman
The writer and professor on failing better in several totally different mediums.

Mammal: The Quagga
by Anne Landsman

Carol Emshwiller’s I Live With You
reviewed by Chris Tamarri

James Lasdun’s Seven Lies
reviewed by Theo Schell-Lambert

Holiday Reinhorn’s Big Cats
reviewed by Ryan Bartelmay

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Karen Olsson’s Waterloo
reviewed by Izzy Grinspan

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Erri De Luca’s Three Horses
reviewed by Darren Reidy

Harold Jaffe’s Terror-Dot-Gov
reviewed by Andrew Ervin

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

La Zona Fantasma
by Javier Marías

Sedaratives
by Amy Sedaris

Linguistic Anomalies for Shut-Ins
by David Mamet
The secret history of three American idioms.

Schema: Golems at Large!
by Jenny Traig & Brian McMullen