May 2014
May 2014
The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left:
Chuck Palahniuk, Jemima Kirke, Wong May, and Ava Gardner.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 12. NO. 4

FULL TEXT
The Believer Book Award
The Believer Poetry Award
and
The Reader Survey

ESSAYS

Mr. Nhem’s Genocide Camera
by Lauren Quinn
In Cambodia, an ex–Khmer Rouge attempts to open a museum of atrocity.

Consider the Mort
by Vladic Ravich
Scientists, fishermen, and environmentalists contemplate the possibility of consciousness in fish, and what it might mean for the aquaculture industry.

FULL TEXT
Confidentially Yours
by Anne Helen Petersen
Behind the the Hollywood celebrity-gossip industry complex.


REVIEWS

Matthew Stokoe’s High Life
reviewed by David Rice

Mia Couto’s The Tuner of Silences
reviewed by Abigail Sindzinski

FULL TEXT
Daniel Canty’s Wigrum
reviewed by Colette DeDonato


POEMS

FULL TEXT
Cabana
A new poem by Hannah Gamble


Schema: Things I Learned from Browsing the Catalog of the Leading Hotels of the World
by Ben Schott

INTERVIEWS

“What You Write Is Nobody’s Business”
Wong May interviewed by Zachary Schomburg

FULL TEXT
Chuck Palahniuk in conversation with Tom Spanbauer
“Focus on exorcising your demons in the work. If you can do that, then you’ll succeed in the world.”

“A Nice Game and a Beautiful Game”
Judit Polgár interviewed by Sheila Heti

Kenneth Lonergan
interviewed by Lucas Kavner
“It’s sort of embarrassing for me to be the boss.”

The Process
by Ross Simonini
Artist and actor Jemima Kirke talks about her painting, Rafaella.


COLUMNS

What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

“Comics”
edited by Alvin Buenaventura