October 2012
October 2012
This cover depicts, clockwise from the top left, President Barack Obama.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 10, NO. 8

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The Throne of Zion
by Emily Raboteau
The vision of the immaculate present that’s for sale at São Jorge da Mina, Ghana’s most notorious slave castle

Anatomy of Melancholia
by Victoria Nelson
Understanding a 2011 film that owes more to the worldview of premodern Europe than to modern conceptions of psychology

This Gift for You
by Lisa Darms
An examination of the early-’90s teen-girl revolution through the subversively beautiful documents in the Riot Grrrl Collection

Have You Seen Ayla Reynolds?
by Ron Currie Jr
The too-long history of economic depression and tragedy in the hinterlands of Maine


Stephen Burt reviews Darcie Dennigan’s “Madame X”

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Tag Savage reviews Foursquare

Gillian Osborne reviews Thomas Meyer’s “Kintsugi”


“Bibbed in Paisley He Reads Žižek Instead”
A new poem by Natalie Scenters-Zapico

“Wall Street”
A new poem by Mary Jo Bang

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Nick Offerman
interviewed by Elina Shatkin
“Canoeing the L.A. River unironically is like doing non-union theater in Chicago.”

Helen Dewitt
interviewed by Weston Cutter
The author discusses her experience of the inherent trauma, frustration, and illogic of the publishing industry.

The Art Guys
interviewed by Lawrence Weschler
Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing on why their lives’ work can be accurately characterized as “one damn thing after another”

Mika Rottenberg
interviewed by Ross Simonini
“I don’t like to overdictate a cinematic ‘look.’ I’d rather put the ingredients together … and then step back and let it create itself.”


Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler

Sedaratives
with guest columnist Aubrey Plaza

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
with Jack Pendarvis


Schema: Great Sax in the 1980s
by Jason Diamond