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.
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.
interviewed by Eric Spitznagel
He speaks the language of the people. And of helper monkeys.
interviewed by Matthew Derby
The legendary Hüsker Dü frontman on confessional songwriting and professional wrestling consulting.
interviewed by Jill Stauffer
If we don’t really know what a nation is, how can we know what laws are?
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
Karen Olsson’s Waterloo
reviewed by Izzy Grinspan
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
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