October 2010
October 2010
The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left,
Barry Hannah, Robert Jordan, Judy Anderson
(a psychic medium in Lily Dale, New York)
and a gentleman wearing an early gas mask.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 8, NO. 8

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The End of the Story
by Zach Baron
How a thirtysomething former Mormon missionary ended up writing the conclusion to the most popular fantasy series since Tolkien.

The Birth of Autumnal Folk
by David K. O'Hara
In the early 1970s, British pop suddenly sounded like the dawn breaking—intermittent birdsong and all.

Answers from the Dark
by Adrian Van Young
Spiritualism has moved beyond its glory days of William James and P. T. Barnum, and settled down in a nice town in eastern New York.

Light is the Shape Whose Source We Perceive
by Ashley Butler
Chemical warfare, anti-dimming paste, and the development of the modern gas mask.

Travels With My Ex
by Susan Straight
Navigating gridlock and prejudice in the Inland Empire.

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Marianne Constable
interviewed by Jill Stauffer
This legal philosopher studies the relationship of speech and silence to law. Also: what does that have to do with justice?

David Fincher
in conversation with Mark Romanek
Two commercial directors with roots in music videos discuss the psychic demands and buried pleasures of creating and controlling their films.

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Barry Hannah
in conversation with Wells Tower
"I was kind of brokenhearted that I was called difficult. I always intended to be light and open. I misjudged the American audience."

John Currence
micro-interviewed by Jack Pendarvis

Exit Signs Shine Brighter at Night
a new poem by Alan Gilbert

Wife’s Job at the Perpetual Alps Factory
a new poem by Sandra Simonds


Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary
reviewed by Rozalia Jovanovic

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Aaron Kunin’s The Sore Throat & Other Poems
reviewed by Stephen Burt

Mary Rechner’s Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women
reviewed by Malena Watrous

Atsuro Riley’s Romey’s Order
reviewed by Dominic Luxford

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Matt Bell’s How They Were Found
reviewed by Reese Okyong Kwon


Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Sedaratives
by Rich Fulcher

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Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis

Creative Accounting: This American Life Episode #388
by M. Rebekah Otto

Schema: Drinking Games from Around the World
by Jude Stewart

“Comics”
edited by Alvin Buenaventura

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