The cover depicts a self-portrait
by the spectacular Charles Burns,
who has illustrated the cover of each and
every of the Believer’s fifty issues.
Burns is interviewed in this issue.
VOL. 6, NO. 1

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Selling Sex in Honeymoon Heaven
by Ginger Strand
Inside the twin makeovers of Niagara Falls and the American feminine ideal.

Lost in Canada
by Eileen Myles
A lyrical elegy for a four-hundred-page Mead composition notebook, moldering in a giant room full of other lost notebooks.

Ghost Stories for the Very Adult
by Leland de la Durantaye
How a brilliant art historian amassed one of the strangest libraries in the world in between trips to the Wild West and the sanitarium.

The Brain and the Tomb
by Avi Davis
Reading the nearly unreadable, instantly baffling, and endlessly complicated Archimedes Palimpsest.

Charles Burns
interviewed by Hillary Chute
Our brilliant cover artist reveals the genesis of his inimitable drawing style, his chronic genre abuse, and his forthcoming perversion of Hergé.

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Lydia Davis
interviewed by Sarah Manguso
“I don’t believe, in the end, that there is any such thing as no style.”

Linda Thompson
interviewed by Peter Terzian
The English folk-rock legend on spasmodic dysphonia, Nick Drake, musical children, gossipy mythmaking, and Richard Thompson.

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Nutrition Is a Force Multiplier
by Roland Thompson
A monthly column about food in Iraq.

Sedaratives
by Martha Plimpton

Lydia Millet’s How the Dead Dream
reviewed by Matthew Simmons

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Havana Noir
reviewed by Robert Arellano

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Pat Barker’s Life Class
reviewed by Lara Tupper

Jenny Erpenbeck’s The Book of Words
reviewed by Christopher Byrd

Victor Segalen’s Stèles
reviewed by Alan Gilbert

Carrying a Balance: A new poem
by Troy Jollimore

Advisory: A new poem
by Troy Jollimore

Schema: Photos of TV
by Mike Sacks

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