OCTOBER 2008
The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left,
Franz Kafka, Diane Williams, Nico Muhly, and a G.I. Joe figurine.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 6, NO. 8

Amerikas
by Adam Thirlwell
Understanding the possibilities of translation through a miniature history of the novel.

The Military-Toy-Industrial Complex
by Jason Boog
G.I. Joe purified the army for a new generation, scrubbing away the shame of Vietnam.

Hunting the Windy Vapors
by Rachel Poliquin
The stomach is a cauldron that cooks foods in a half-fermented sauce—and other eighteenth-century theories of digestion.

Elizabeth Bishop in correspondence with Robert Lowell
Bishop’s letters and postcards to Lowell, selected from the poets’ voluminous correspondence.

Bruce Jay Friedman
interviewed by Amy Sohn
The novelist (Stern) and screenwriter (Splash) describes the care with which a ten-dollar-a-page check from the Antioch Review must be spent.

Will Eno
interviewed by Patricia Mulgraw
“I grew up in Waslala, Nicaragua, the favorite daughter of a beloved mayor. We had a burro named Gil.”

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Nico Muhly
interviewed by Sean Michaels
The twenty-six-year-old composer and Philip Glass protégé has lately been arranging songs using comments on YouTube.

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Diane Williams
interviewed by Kevin Sampsell
“To try to reproduce something I understand would be a big bore.”

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The Good Fight
by James Browning
How does one lose a bid for the Maryland House of Delegates to a twenty-six-year-old corporate lawyer with a complicated last name?

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Sedaratives
by Maria Bamford

Peter H. Fogtdal’s The Tsar’s Dwarf
reviewed by Mary Rechner

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Takashi Hiraide’s For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut
reviewed by Alan Gilbert

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Norman Lock’s Grim Tales
reviewed by Blake Butler

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David Ohle’s The Pisstown Chaos
reviewed by Benjamin Strong

John Olson’s Backscatter
reviewed by Travis Nichols

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Hannah Tinti’s The Good Thief
reviewed by Katherine Hill

Use of Spies: A new poem
by Nick Laird

Galactic: A new poem
by Joshua Clover

Schema: A Timeline of Twisted Translations
by Jascha Hoffman

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