The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left,
Vlad Țepeş, Fidel Castro, Agnès Varda, and Jonathan Ames.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 7, NO. 8

The Undead Travel
by Avi Davis
How an English Dracula revived the Romanian tourist industry.

A House Is a Machine to Live In
by J.C. Hallman
A fictional ship full of millionaires, a real ship full of millionaires, and the birth of the modern cruise industry.

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In Pursuit of the Wild Cohiba
by Ginger Strand and James Wallenstein
An American duo seeks out the ideal Cuban cigar experience while avoiding Fidelistas, the (other) Mets, and a shady cigar-selling dwarf.

Guy Nordenson
interviewed by Scott Geiger
The structural engineer and disciple of Buckminster Fuller wants to build the Central Park of the twenty-first century—on water.

My Alaska
by August Kleinzahler
Living in un-religious Alaska with a would-be carpenter, an un-Buddhalike Buddhist, and a guy named Sweetie.

Jonathan Ames
interviewed by Andre Perry
“There’s some connection between your brain and sexuality and childhood and humiliation and power and self-loathing and affection.”

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Agnès Varda
interviewed by Sheila Heti
“The Grandmother of the Nouvelle Vague” at thirty, Varda now has more than thirty-five films—and several grandchildren—to her name.

Juan Filloy’s Op Oloop
reviewed by Jessica Loudis

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Liz Waldner’s Trust
reviewed by Stephen Burt

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David Lau’s Virgil and the Mountain Cat
reviewed by Dominic Luxford

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Matthew Simmons’s A Jello Horse
reviewed by Jim Ruland

Laura van den Berg’s What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us
reviewed by Nina MacLaughlin

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Creative Accounting: Exhibition at Mass MoCA
by M. Rebekah Otto

There Never Really Was a “We” or “Ours”: A new poem
by Derek Walcott

Sedaratives
by Louis C. K.

Schema: Habitats of Regional Burger Chains
by Lincoln Michel

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