A Scanner Darkly
by Paul La Farge
Reading The Kindly Ones isn’t a comfortable experience, or an ennobling one. So why is it so compelling?
Every Reader Finds Himself
by Christopher R. Beha
One man’s single-minded immersion in the five-foot bookshelf that birthed the modern American research university.
The Problem of Other People
by Adam Phillips and Barbara Taylor
Of kindness and self-interest, which is the stronger social adhesive?
Ida, Who Vanquishes Goblins
by Hannah Frank
Running the gauntlet of naming: why Isadora will succeed and Kaydence will fail.
by John Adamian
The nineteenth-century architect, phrenologist, and “foulest man on Earth” speaks to our simplest and most gullible elements.
Out of the Woods
by Mary Williams
The wisdom of a woman in her late thirties walking away from marriage prospects and a well-paying job to hike the Appalachian Trail alone.
micro-interviewed by Lee Konstantinou
in conversation with Bob Odenkirk
Two former SNL writers discuss the excellence of quiet, awkward comedy.
in conversation with Todd Barry
The English songwriter and producer reveals his fear of metronomes and certainty.
in correspondence with Deb Olin Unferth
“Your obligation is to know your objects and to steadily, inexorably darken and deepen them.”
interviewed by Ed Halter
The amateur scientist and professional author explains why the fiction section should be desegregated for his new novel.
Creative Accounting: The Puffy Chair (Dir. the Duplass Bros., 2005)
by M. Rebekah Otto
Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus
Joshua Beckman’s Take It
reviewed by Daniel Handler
Patrick deWitt’s Ablutions: Notes for a Novel
reviewed by Theodore McDermott
Horacio Castellanos Moya’s Senselessness
reviewed by Jascha Hoffman
Jesse Ball’s The Way Through Doors
reviewed by Blake Butler
Amina Cain’s I Go To Some Hollow
reviewed by Kate Zambreno
Stacey Levine’s The Girl with Brown Fur
reviewed by Nick Bredie
by Aasif Mandvi
Call Me A Lyre, I Dare You: A new poem
by Bob Hicok
Getting In Line: A new poem
by Bob Hicok
Native: A new poem
by Jessica Fisher
Schema: The Phrenology of Cable News
by Angie Waller