A sprawling and confusing Album Bracketology tournament dominates this issue. Articles more deserving of your time include Theo Prieto on Hernan Ronsino's Glaxo and Patrick McGinty on student poetry versus the internet "explainer." There is also fiction by Don Geary.
Alexis M. Smith chats with Evan P. Schneider about her new novel, Marrow Island. Patrick McGinty reads John Edgar Wideman, Matthew Stahlman listens to Joanna Newsom, M. Allen Cunningham remembers John Berger, and Wendy Bourgeois reads Rae Armantrout. Dan DeWeese reads new political fiction, Matthew Kauffman Smith names a best instrumental album, and Matthew Stahlman considers feminism and Laura Kipnis.
Matthew Robinson on the genesis of his new book, The Horse Latitudes. Lily Brooks-Dalton on her debut novel, Pete Tothero on Young Frankenstein, Wendy Bourgeois on Thomas Hardy and sexual novelty, Patrick McGinty on ASAP-now politics and lines that stick, Ethan DeWeese on Kubrick's Game, Late Night Library calls it a day, and Propeller opens a bookstore.
Rachel Greben on Sophia Loren, Katie Chase chats with Mary Rechner about Man and Wife, Jonah Hall reads Jonathan Abrams's Boys Among Men, Wendy Bourgeois on William James and the perils of theory, Emily Burns Morgan on The Bone People, Patrick McGinty on tennis highlights, and Star Wars spinoffs in trouble.
Michael McGregor talks about writing the life of poet Robert Lax, poems and translations from Michelle Gil-Montero, notes from the founder of Atelier26 Books, Kafka as an alien, how to write that Russian novel you've been putting off, and yet another confusing Album Bracketology tournament.
Alex Behr chats with Margaret Malone about People Like You, Jonah Hall talks to Andrew Callaway about life in an app-driven universe, and Wendy Bourgeois considers Brenda Shaughnessy's "Isn't Love Revision?" Evan P. Schneider attends Sleep No More, Henry Sullivan goes on location with Swiggle Mandela, and Dan DeWeese marks Orson Welles's hundredth birthday by considering Citizen Kane and The Third Man.
Patrick McGinty on Robert Stone, Craft Q&A's with Lily Brooks-Dalton and M. Allen Cunningham, Cohen Perry samples beef and horror at the "Super Fantastic!" Bucheon film festival in South Korea. Tim Parks doubts the world of books, Pete Tothero watches Verizon mock their audience, and the Denver Broncos deal with a sideline situation. A poetry film by Lauren Haldeman, personal history by Noah Powell.
Alex Behr chats with Laura Lippman, Emily Burns Morgan reads James Baldwin, and Rachel Greben and Dan DeWeese read James Salter. Jonah Hall follows NBA free agency indecision and Pete Tothero enters "The Rex Zone." Reviews of Ernest Cline and Peter Mendelsund, poetry by Lauren Shapiro.
Contradictions and conflicts mark the 2015 album bracketology tournament, Rebecca Kelley talks about her novel of modern relationships, Wendy Bourgeois considers a line from Mary Ruefle, Emily Burns Morgan studies Middlemarch, and Evan P. Schneider reads Kent Haruf's final novel. Thoughts on watching (and surviving) Roar!, whether we owe Leonard Maltin a debt of gratitude, and players the Portland Trail Blazers do lose to. Personal history by Benjamin Craig.
Martin Venezky talks about book design as an act of translation and theater, Jonathan Waldman chats about Rust, Nick Jaina's publisher writes a letter, Evan P. Schneider's book hits Portlandia, Laura Poitras goes where Godard and Truffaut could not, Richard Linklater uses conversation as time travel, and Hassan Whiteside hangs on. Personal history by Sarah Kruse, poetry by E.G. Cunningham, and fiction by Margaret Malone.
Elizabeth Lopeman talks about her debut story collection, Trans Europe Express. Steven Church chats about Ultrasonic and Tyler Corbett and Erinn Kathryn discuss their art installation "Metro 14." Patrick McGinty looks to Pittsburgh's past to find Portland's future, Nicholas Pierce meets The Counselor on its own terms, Wendy Bourgeois storms out of a philosophy lecture, Daneen Bergland reads Mary Margaret Alvarado's Hey Folly, and more.
James Herman talks about his book on driftwood forts, Alan Limnis writes about Mina Loy's lost novel, and Chris Leslie-Hynan discusses his basketball novel. Jennifer Ruth looks at the American economy, Nicholas Pierce looks at The Rover, Danny Nowell doesn't buy the marketing of Game of Thrones, and poets remember Russell Edson. Poems by Susan Lewis, analysis of World Cup tweets, and more.
Alex Behr chats with Wendy MacNaughton, Matthew Kauffman Smith runs a tournament to find 2013's best album, and Emily Burns Morgan writes about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Mary Rechner chats with Cari Luna, Jennifer Ruth visits the Museum of the Cultural Revolution, Patrick McGinty reads Valeria Luiselli, and Jonah Hall watches the NBA playoffs. Poems by Melissa Reeser Poulin, fiction by Elizabeth Lopeman, and more.
Alex Behr chats with Lee Ranaldo, Patrick McGinty investigates Pittsburgh's August Wilson Center, Jennifer Ruth studies the films of China's Hu Jie. Q&A's with Tony Wolk & Kevin Sampsell, Doug Cornett on what happened in The Room, Sara Sutter on Mexico's muxes, Emily Burns Morgan on Virginia Woolf's Girls, Dan DeWeese on speculative cinema. Poems by Lauren Haldeman, fiction by Danny Nowell. Reviews of Jenny Offill, Hannah Arendt, Slavoj Zizek, Ed Piskor's Hop Hop Family Tree, and more.
James Salter, Beth Lisick, Paul Collins, Steve Almond, Gerhard Riessbeck, Sallie Tisdale, Jonathan Cushing on Will Oldham, Sean Warren on Lucian Freud, Patrick McGinty on Norman Rush, Emily Burns Morgan on NoViolet Bulawayo, Benjamin Craig on Aaron Becker, Wendy Bourgeois on Robert Pinsky, Jessica Machado on Reality Bites, Sara Sutter in Oaxaca, fiction by Anca Szilagyi, poems by Frank Kuenstler, Tothero on the NFL, and more.
NoViolet Bulawayo, Tyler Corbett & Erinn Kathryn, Paul Yoon, Robert Boswell, Ben Stroud, Duchamp in conversation, Phil Jackson, Apple's delusions of grandeur, Elizabeth Lopeman on Fabio Bianco, Emily Burns Morgan on Dostoevsky, Jessica Machado on Judy Blume, Jonathan Cushing on Czech cinema, Sarah Kruse on Fernando Pessoa, fiction by Mary Rechner, poems by Jane Lewty, personal history from Mark Savage, scary accurate NFL analysis, and more.
Anne Carson, Nancy Zafris, Benjamin Lytal, Garry Winogrand, Ben Fountain, Rachel Kushner, Dave Eggers, Nick Dybek, Leanne Shapton, Raymond Queneau, Alison Bechdel, John Banville, Lebbeus Woods, Boetti at MAXXI, return to Blue Velvet, before Before Midnight, poems by Doug Cox, fiction by Alissa Nielsen, personal history from Jason Squamata, information on whether the NBA team you played for was tanking, and more.
Rachel Greben on reading George Saunders. Alex Behr and Dan DeWeese on Chris Ware's Building Stories. Matthew Kauffman Smith on Weird Al, Elizabeth Lopeman on John Chamberlain, Sarah Kruse on the films of the Quay Brothers, Jessica Machado on Chasing Amy and Magnum, P.I. Wendy Bourgeois on Paul Valery, new poems from Melissa Dickey, and more.
Fall 2012: What Was Film?
A special section on film features Kate McCourt on Barbara Loden, Benjamin Craig on Woody Allen, Sarah Marshall on Linda Lovelace, and Dan DeWeese on New Hollywood. Patrick McGinty discusses dreams in fiction; Elizabeth Lopeman looks at Mucha. Patrick Somerville talks about This Bright River, Holly Laycock talks to Beth Robinson, and Elizabeth Lopeman chats with Dieter Amick. Marie Martin on robot puppets and chemotherapy, Paul Martone on his first vote, and Randon Billings Noble on the D.C. snipers. Reviews of Anna Keesey, Sheila Heti, and Gregory Martin. Poems from Emily Pettit and a science-fiction letter from Benjamin Craig. Plus further reviews, columns, NFL picks, etc.
Summer 2012: Food
Mary Rechner on women, food, and art. Michael Heald on Olympic hopefuls Ian Dobson and Julia Lucas. Q&A's with Leni Zumas, Jon Raymond, and Susan Kirtley. Alex Behr on eating at summer camp, Elizabeth Lopeman dines in Munich, Sarah Kruse searches for the perfect madeleine, and Tiah Keever finds the perfect cup of coffee. Alexis Nelson on Virginia Woolf's biography of a dog. Poems from Michael Thomas Taren, fiction from Lee Ware, and maxims from John Smyth. Book reviews, NFL picks, and more.
Spring 2012: Fashion
GUEST EDITOR: WENDY BOURGEOIS. Donna Hathaway on perfume, Rachel Greben on MOMA's Cindy Sherman retrospective, Alex Behr on Alexander McQueen, Sandra Derrick on wearing black in Azerbaijan, Sarah Kruse on Sonia Delaunay, and Dan DeWeese on the Whitney Biennial. Poems from Whiting Award winner Kerri Webster. Fashion memories from Alexis Nelson, Daneen Bergland, Chelsea Bieker, Lisa Ekman, and Rachel Greben. Fashion advice from history's favorite courtesan, Lola Montez. A Q&A with Jordan Sullivan. Rothko, Part 2: Photographing the paintings up close.
Q&A's with Matt Kish, Janine Oshiro, and Christine Shields. Poems from Seth Abramson and John Craun. Mary Rechner on Edith Pearlman, Dan DeWeese on Mark Rothko. Reviews of Evan Hughes, Pam Houston, Nathan Englander, Daniel Orozco, and Lauren Groff.
Q&A's with Daniel Clowes, Mary Cappello, Bodies of Water, Vanessa Veselka, and Lisa Wells. Helyn Trickey on Sherman Alexie and Paul Simon. Fiction by Elizabeth Lopeman, poems from Ally Harris and Sara Nicholson. Also, "Reading the Longlist": reviews of each of the thirteen titles on the 2011 Man Booker Prize Longlist.
Summer 2011: Sports
Q&A's with Neal Pollack, Channing Frye, Grant Brisbee, and Jackie Stiles. Nico Alvarado and Geoff Hilsabeck on Glass Joe; Derek Stackhouse on foul balls; Dan DeWeese on Downhill Racer. Touchstones from Keri Thomas, Matthew Hein, Chris Leslie-Hynan, Will Jones, and Andy Stallings. Fiction by Chris Leslie-Hynan, poems from Kevin Gonzalez and Michael Anichini.
Patrick Somerville on the conventions of literary fiction; Elizabeth Lopeman on Islamic art in Munich's House der Kunst; Devan Cook on Sun Ra; Lee Ware on New Orleans' Faulkner House Books; Mary Rechner on Louise DeSalvo's Vertigo; fiction from Tony Wolk; poems from Mark Yakich and Wendy Bourgeois; conclusions from Owen Ashworth; pairs from Evan P. Schneider and Rose Gebken.
Amy Cutler and Aimee Bender chat with Alex Behr. Kevin Clark talks to Lucas Bernhardt. Eric Gold tracks Sholem Ugajnik and Devan Cook visits Greenlight Bookstore. Poetry from Maureen Thorson and Jay Thompson; fiction from Evan P. Schneider.
Q&A's with Ben Greenman and Mary Rechner; articles on Container Corps and The Montague Bookmill; Alexis Nelson on Flaubert's workshop nightmare. Reviews of Michele Glazer and Bernard DeVoto. Poetry by Andy Stallings and Blueberry Morningsnow; fiction by Jesse Lichtenstein; photos by Sarah Kruse.
Summer 2010: Science Fiction
Melissa Reeser on Ursula K. LeGuin's The Lathe of Heaven; Benjamin Craig on Edward Teller; Tom Bissell on the best sci-fi video games of all time; Dan DeWeese on Tarkovsky's Solaris; Evan P. Schneider on The World Without Us. Images from Scott Campbell, poetry and prose from Joyelle McSweeney, poems from Daneen Bergland, and fiction from Alex Behr. Science fiction touchstones from Jennifer Ruth, Lucas Bernhardt, Rachel Greben, Shea'la Finch, Sarah Kruse, Lisa Sibbett, NASA, Chuchan of Shanyagir Tribe, and others. Cover and moonscapes by E.L. Swift. Also: a soundtrack!
Hermitage Brooklyn; Roy Tinsel; reviews of Nicholson Baker, Kiki Petrosino, and Octavia Butler. Q&A's with Justin Taylor and Kevin Sampsell. Portfolios from Marci Washington and Deth P. Sun; poems by Mark Leidner and Cheryl Clark Vermeulen. Evan P. Schneider on Hawthorne; Lucas Bernhardt on Landis Everson; Sarah Kruse on bookscent; visual stimuli from Barchael.
Q&A's with Vincent Moon, Debra Gwartney, Nous Vous, Shayla Hason, and Brooklyn's Spoonbill & Sugartown. Benjamin Craig on David Byrne; Sarah Kruse on Albert Camus; Evan P. Schneider on Karel Capek; Alex Behr on "Mortified"; Matthew Hein and Casey Quinlan on indices from the San Francisco Yellow Pages. Photos of Chicago in winter by Mike Datz. Poems from Janine Oshiro and Mande Zecca; fiction from Alan Limnis.
Q&A's with Autopilot is for Lovers and Atlantic Line. Evan P. Schneider on the Tour de Fat; Benjamin Craig on David Soll's documentary, "Puppet"; Lisa Sibbett on Rumer Godden; Matthew Hein on Four Barrel Coffee; Daneen Bergland on the best pencil; Keri Thomas on what animals feel. Images from Ian Dingman; poems from Zach Savich and Geoffrey Hilsabeck; fiction from Mary Rechner.