September 2014
September 2014
The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left, Kathy Acker, Meshell Ndegeocello, Wayne Koestenbaum, and a turtle.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 12. NO. 7


Discuss Rules Beforehand
by Chris Kraus
Navigating the professional and personal lives of writer Kathy Acker through her work and emails with media theorist McKenzie Wark.

Vampires and Vaccines
by Eula Biss

The Color and the Pageantry of Thoroughbred Turtle Racing
by Joe Kloc
A handful of remaining Greenwich Village bohemians wonder what ever happened to the revolution.

My New Glasses
by Wayne Koestenbaum


Eleni Sikelianos’s You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek)
reviewed by Jenny Hendrix

Ruth Krauss and Phyllis Rowand’s Monkey Day
reviewed by Ingrid Satelmajer

Joseph Massey’s To Keep Time
reviewed by Stephen Burt

“Rail Ultra Super King” Ad: American Airlines
by Andrés Carrasquillo


Black Kite, White Plastic: A new poem
by Kimiko Hahn

The Relic: A new poem
by Yusef Komunyakaa


The Process
by Elisa Albert
Tanja Hollander discusses her quest to meet and photograph every one of her Facebook friends, including those she doesn’t actually know.

“A Vocabulary of Belonging”
Poet Eavan Boland interviewed by J. P. O’Malley

Carroll Dunham
interviewed by Ross Simonini

Neil LaBute
interviewed by Rider Strong
“I mean, were we aware that Nic Cage in a bear suit would be funny? Yeah. But we knew that we were still going to kill him in the end.”

Meshell Ndegeocello
interviewed by Melissa Locker
“If you have a very good bottle of wine and a sunset, the person you’re with may wanna hear Joni Mitchell’s Blue, and things will happen.”


Pillow of Air
by Lawrence Weschler

What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

edited by Alvin Buenaventura