The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left,
Nathanael West, Antonin Artaud, Gary Panter, and Judd Apatow.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 7, NO. 5

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.

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Analects on the Influence of Artaud
by Rick Moody
Must one be willing to become mentally ill in the name of art?

Doomed Sitters
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.”

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Gary Panter
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.

Andrea Barrett
interviewed by Ben George
A conversation with a writer whose fiction covers nineteenth-century mapmaking, epidemiology, and the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

Christian Bök
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.

Charles Simic
micro-interviewed by Joel Rice

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Short Takes on Books That Don’t Exist
by Steve Hely

Creative Accounting: Art Installation
by Christopher Benz

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Gary Copeland Lilley’s Alpha Zulu
reviewed by Stephen Burt

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Michael Dickman’s The End of the West
reviewed by Dominic Luxford

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Mary Miller’s Big World
reviewed by Jim Ruland

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Josh Weil’s The New Valley
reviewed by Don Waters

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Sedaratives
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

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