The American Vicarious
by Jonathan Lethem
On Nathanael West’s superb relevance to the ongoing future of American literature.
Close Encounters of the Metafictional Kind
by Garrett McDonough
Tough lessons in life and literature learned from Bret Easton Ellis’s appearance at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square.
Analects on the Influence of Artaud
by Rick Moody
Must one be willing to become mentally ill in the name of art?
by Rozalia Jovanovic
How did the wing chair become such a reliable symbol for power, depravity, and corruption?
The Chapel on the Moon
by Michael Schulman
In 1967, the planners of a lunar church gave Johannes Somary 500 dollars and told him to compose “something to do with the heavens.”
interviewed by David Jacob Kramer
A tour of the artist’s output, from the sets on Pee-wee’s Playhouse to graphic novels, light shows, and paintings of mutant cacti.
interviewed by Ben George
A conversation with a writer whose fiction covers nineteenth-century mapmaking, epidemiology, and the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
interviewed by Jonathan Ball
“Language is like a weed that cannot only endure but also thrive under difficult conditions.”
Will Self in correspondence with Geoff Nicholson
An exchange between two brilliant, raffish British novelists who are obsessed with the cultural and psychological importance of walking.
micro-interviewed by Joel Rice
Short Takes on Books That Don’t Exist
by Steve Hely
Creative Accounting: Art Installation
by Christopher Benz
Gary Copeland Lilley’s Alpha Zulu
reviewed by Stephen Burt
Michael Dickman’s The End of the West
reviewed by Dominic Luxford
Mary Miller’s Big World
reviewed by Jim Ruland
Josh Weil’s The New Valley
reviewed by Don Waters
Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus
by Judd Apatow
B Is for Beatrice: A new poem
by Sabrina Orah Mark
From “Satellites”: Two new poems
by Dan Chiasson
Schema: Paramedic Literature
by Brandon Stosuy
Drawings: Things Your Grandmother Taught You to Steal to Survive a Depression
by Paul Madonna