June 2011
The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left,
Lena Herzog, Joe Sacco, the Fakir of Ava, and Dan Harmon.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 9, NO. 5

An Occasional Hobo
by Robert Ito
Josiah Flynt Willard’s incurable “go-fever” took him from jail cells to boxcars to the tables of Ibsen and Tolstoy.

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In the Atomic City
by Millicent G. Dillon
More than a half century later, an account of one junior physicist’s coming-of-age in a secret nuclear facility.

The Forefather of Charm
by Charity Vogel
“The Genuine Fakir of Ava,” nineteenth-century America’s most famous magician, was also the godfather of the modern game show.


People Floating Near You
by Sheila Heti and Misha Glouberman
Offering insight into such human experiences as feeling not at all responsible while actually being completely responsible


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“Coming out of me living”
by W. H. Auden

reviewed by Annie Julia Wyman

Dr. Seuss’ Fox in Socks
reviewed by Stephen Burt

Destroyer’s Kaputt
reviewed by Brandon Stosuy

The Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan
reviewed by Megan Pugh

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TAGLINE: No Strings Attached
reviewed by Tag Savage


Orange on the Nail
a new poem by Natalie Shapero

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Joe Sacco [COMICS JOURNALIST]
interviewed by Hillary Chute

Lena Herzog [PHOTOGRAPHER]
interviewed by Lawrence Weschler

Jesse Ball [NOVELIST, POET]
interviewed by Jesse Ball

Dan Harmon [TELEVISION WRITER]
interviewed by Toph Eggers

Peter Galison [WRITER/PROFESSOR OF HISTORY OF SCIENCE]
micro-interviewed by Benjamin Cohen


The Process
A conversation with artist Dorian FitzGerald about his painting Table Decorations, Oprah Winfrey Party for Sidney Poitier.
by Sheila Heti

What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler
A monthly column

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Sedaratives
with guest columnist
Adam Mansbach

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis


Schema: A Family Tree
of Literary Detectives

by Doogie Horner

“Comics”
edited by Alvin Buenaventura

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