• Jim Shepard

    In lovingly researched stories and novels, Jim Shepard traverses the globe and glides through history in such a way that reading through his collected output, you’re as likely to encounter ancient Greeks or discontented American teens as you are WWII bomber pilots or Cherno…

  • Duncan Fallowell

    At 21 Duncan Fallowell was the Spectator’s first rock critic. He then released the anthology Drug Tales in 1979, before promptly giving up drugs to prevent “burning out.”

  • “Dr. Morton’s Folly”

    The term “living legend” gets tossed around without qualification all the time, but we think that the 83-year-old genius who literally wrote the horror classic titled I Am Legend has more than earned it.

  • “little Red Riding Hood And Blind Boy Willy The Pirate”

    When Eric Dando’s first novel, Snail, came out in Australia in 1996, he was the youngest author to ever have been published by Penguin.

  • The Mystery Of B. Traven

    B. Traven is the most shadowy figure in the history of literature. Though there are hordes of Traven theorists and stacks of books written about him, there is still no consensus on his real name, his birthplace, or his exact history.

  • “Fathers and Snakes”

    Clancy Martin used to make a living as a jewelry salesman. Now he is a translator of Nietzsche and Kierkegaard and an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Missouri.

  • “Sits the Queen”

    Damion Searls is an author and award-winning translator, most recently of Rilke’s The Inner Sky: Poems, Notes, Dreams, Proust’s On Reading, and the Robert Walser stories in this issue.

  • Annie Proulx

    I have to admit that when they first hit the store shelves of the world, I skipped over Annie Proulx’s books. Maybe it was the titles—Heartsongs and Other Stories, Postcards. I just figured it for melancholic sepia-toned lady lit.

  • David Simon

    David Simon is responsible for one of the greatest feats of storytelling of the past century, and that’s the entire five-season run of the television series The Wire.

  • Wands And Swords, Pentangles And Cups

    For W.B. Yeats, the ordinary world would fade away, and he would walk and talk in a spiritual realm that he believed truly existed around and outside the physical world.

  • “The Ghost Business”

    T. Christopher Gorelick is a mortgage underwriter by day, and by night he’s usually sleeping. He aspires to become a professional writer.

  • Berkeley Breathed

    For those of us who grew up as weird kids in the 1980s, the work of Berkeley Breathed was as important as those twin eternal pillars of weird-kid-dom: Monty Python and Mad magazine.

  • “A Better World”

    Blake Bailey is the author of Cheever: A Life, published earlier this year by Knopf. His previous book, A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

  • Steve Jackson & Ian Livingstone

    In 1982, childhood friends and über-nerds Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone started selling Brits the first ever Dungeons & Dragons game from a tiny flat in west London.

  • Iain Banks

    In a publishing world that restricts writers to one genre, Iain Banks has forged a career as a roundly applauded writer of both science fiction and books that don’t have robots and spaceships in them.

  • “Wild Geese”

    Matthias Connor, aka Wolfboy, is a London-based writer who publishes fanzines that he gives to people for free. He has been doing this for more than 20 years.

  • Modern Fiction Is All Rubbish

    Roger Lewis’ 2002 biography of Anthony Burgess polarised critics and his latest book, Seasonal Suicide Notes, is a diary-cum-memoir that made me laugh until I pissed myself on the 185 bus.

  • “A Passage to India”

    Allen Pearl was the founding editor and publisher of Pearl Files, an exclusive e-newsletter distributed to several thousand media insiders, Golden Circle and average alike.

  • “3 Stories”

    Robert Walser was underappreciated in his time and is still sort of a loosely kept secret today, passed around by writers and literature nerds like a test of how good one’s taste really is.

  • Pete Dexter

    Besides writing hard-edged, blackly funny, and beautifully observed novels, Pete Dexter has spent a lot of time boxing, and he once got beaten so badly by an angry mob in Philadelphia that his back was broken.

  • Olly Todd: Some Poems

    The thing about Olly Todd is that I’ve known him for years as this rad skateboarder and drinker and dancer, but it was only fairly recently that I found out that he is also an excellent poet.

  • “The Hunter and His Dogs”

    Saah Millimono is the chief fiction writer at the Daily Observer, Liberia’s most popular newspaper. Each week, the Observer publishes one of Saah’s stories. They primarily deal with sorcery, witchcraft, deception, and the hardship of life.

  • William H. Gass

    In the late 1970s and early 1980s, William H. Gass played one part in a wide-ranging debate with the novelist John Gardner. It was an examination into the nature of art, theirs and everybody else’s.

  • Peter Owen

    For nearly 60 years Peter Owen has been an iconoclast within British publishing, pioneering the publication of some of the most revered and controversial authors of the last half-century.

  • “Lost Limbs”

    Most people know Arthur Bradford as the creator of How’s Your News?, a documentary series that has been featured on HBO and MTV.

  • Reading List

    I read the milk container while drinking orange juice out of the bottle, holding the refrigerator door open with my body. A better thing to read about while drinking orange juice would be oranges, or sunshine, or even lemons.

  • Rhinestone Tiger

    I don't get expensive hair cuts anymore. But that isn't through lack of vanity. I once spent two-thirds of my monthly pay packet on a long coat that suited neither winter nor summer.

  • Eileen Myles & Jonathan Galassi Talk About Poetry

    Jonathan Galassi is a poet, a translator, an editor, and the president and publisher of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, which happens to be our favorite publishing house.

  • “The Faecalosaurus”

    John Moore’s first brush with notoriety came at a tender age as a drummer for the Jesus and Mary Chain. The story he contributed to this issue is all about fecal matter, and it has made his mother extremely proud.

  • Vice Comics

    The New Yorker Story.

  • “Mankind Through the Ages”

    Ever since awakening to this strange and forbidding dream called the 21st century, Og had been feeling crucially displaced and lonesome.

  • Alan Moore

    Alan Moore is the guy who just about anyone who has ever read a comic book agrees to be the best writer in the form’s entire history.

  • Vice Comics

    Mensch.

  • “Hey, What’s All That Stuff On The Cover?”

    The books on our book shelve.

  • Vice Comics

    Shopping With She-Moose.

  • “List of Scenes of My Childhood to be Written”

    1. Scene describing how my uncle Leon planted a tree in the courtyard of our building.

  • From “Nocturama”

    Brooklynite Skaggs Bernstein (26, self-loathing, recently dumped by his girlfriend, Meghan) has returned home to Vermont to live with his mother.

  • Vice Comics

    The Haunted High School.

  • Vice Comics

    The Miracle.

  • “Dude, No”

    In 11 years as a bounty hunter, Keith had never learned how to pick a lock. He had kicked through his share of doors, but only the hollow cores that guarded the bathrooms and closets his fugitives scurried into, like sick pets.