by Rich Cohen
With the steep decline of the American auto industry, has the car salesman become like the cowboy c. 1910, at the closing of the frontier?
My Father’s Murder
by Stephen Elliott
An attempt to assemble the truth from pulp novels, old photographs, nonexistent police reports, and memories of violence.
by Sara Gran and Megan Abbott
A reconsideration of V. C. Andrews’s much-maligned, utterly strange quasi children’s literature.
by J.T. Thomas
On the grand ideas and strange habits of one of the most influential, brilliant, and iconoclastic archaeologists of the twentieth century.
Carving the Whale
by Damion Searls
Rescuing the digression, texture, and weirdness from a well-meaning abridgement of Moby-Dick.
interviewed by Benjamin Cohen
“How can you write about the obscure things that give you pleasure with a style flexible enough to come to more urgent matters?”
interviewed by Tamler Sommers
The man who conducted the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment considers its implications for ethics, free will, and Abu Ghraib.
interviewed by Tony DuShane
The songwriter has kicked heroin, written a new novel, and is scoring the film version of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.
micro-interviewed by Ken Burns (sort of)
by Anne Beatts
Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus
The Deathbed Version: A new poem
by Scott Zieher
Percival Everett’s I Am Not Sidney Poitier
reviewed by Laird Hunt
Robert Minhinnick’s King Driftwood
reviewed by Stephen Burt
Oscar Casares’s Amigoland
reviewed by Francesca Mari
Jan Kjærstad’s The Discoverer
reviewed by Lara Tupper
Elsa Morante’s Aracoeli
reviewed by Kate Zambreno
Creative Accounting: Commissioned Play
by Christopher Benz
Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis
A Revisionist History of Teeth
by Richard Brouwer
Schema: A Classification of Shaggy-Dog Jokes
by Jude Stewart