Reincarnation in Exile
by Tim McGirk
What happens when a monastic system is forced, after eight hundred years, to encounter the temptations of the twenty-first century?
Leaving the Witness
by Amber Scorah
A young Jehovah’s Witness travels to China and finds her own religious freedom.
A Steeplechase Composed Entirely of Hurdles
by Matthew Specktor
On books that can be likened to party lines, still-wet paintings stared at from too close, radios with restless operators, and chess games.
by Michael Atkinson
A look at the movies that fueled the myth-creation of the Third Reich's Aryan dream.
Samuel Carlisle reviews Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho
Stephen Burt reviews Brent Cunningham’s Journey to the Sun
Michael Peck reviews Mozart: The Complete Piano Sonatas performed by Glenn Gould
Kristopher Jansma reviews François Vigneault‘s illustrated “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”
Schema: Artists’ Liaisons in the Twentieth Century
by Catherine Lacey
A new poem
“We Have Invented a New Form of Death”
an interview with Colin Dayan by Jill Stauffer
On solitary confinement as “a new form of death, a death-in-life that needs no judicial decision and is not open to scrutiny."
interviewed by Suzanne Snider
The artist discusses making her works, which are drawn entirely on electric typewriters.
interviewed by Sheila Heti
The actor talks about self-destruction, losing her blankie, working with Woody Allen, and her love for Jennifer Lawrence.
interviewed by Zoe Whittall
“My generation is the first to be completely out in popular culture.”
micro-interviewed by Zack Ruskin
Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus
Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis
What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler
with guest columnist Steven Yeun