June 2013
June 2013
This cover depicts, clockwise from the top left,
Joyce Carol Oates, Fereidoun Esfandiary, a black mamba, and Alan Moore.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 11, NO. 5

Mithradates of Fond du Lac
by Kent Russell
Will Tim Friede, a self-immunizer with no medical training, be the first human to survive five venemous snakebites in one weekend?

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Man of the Future
by Alex Mar
Fereidoun Esfandiary envisioned a world in which humans were limited by nothing not even death.

Painting at Dora
by Francois Le Lionnais
Surviving the winter in a concentration camp by touring an art museum of the mind.


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The Boss Tells Me
A new poem by Victoria Chang

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Japanese in Three Weeks
A new poem by B. Alexandra Szerlip


Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis

“Comics” edited by Alvin Buenaventura

The Process
by Scott Zieher
A conversation with the artist Trenton Doyle Hancock about his painting Kept On Keeping On.

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Alan Moore
interviewed by Peter Bebergal
The writer of Watchmen, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and much more discusses art, magic, and creating gods.

Bob Glück
interviewed by Miranda Mellis
“By the time I am done with a book, I haunt the sentences, I remain in them, that is where I exist.”

Lisa Guenther
interviewed by Jill Stauffer
Part two of three in an ongoing series of interviews on criminal justice, incarceration, and solitary confinement.

Joyce Carol Oates
interviewed by Agnes Barley
“I never dreamed that I would have a long career.”


B. J. Best’s But Our Princess Is In Another Castle
reviewed by Stephen Burt

Charles Dickens’s The Pickwick Papers
reviewed by Adam Colman

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Zachary Schomburg’s Scary, No Scary
reviewed by Annie Julia Wyman

Douglas W. Milliken on the Idaho-Montana border

Schema: Movie Villains (and a Dude) Who Drink Milk
by Sarah Bean Freed