THE BELIEVER APRIL 2005
Crimes Against the Reader
by Rick Moody
Looking back on the National Book Award and the ire it inspired.
“I Do Not Expect You to Like It”
by Stephen Burt
The passionate, tormented, propulsive, exhilarating, stagy, ambitious, profound, intuitive, and New Zealish poetry of James K. Baxter.
How Far Can You Press a Poet?
by David Orr
Stevie Smith’s clowning rhythms, throwaway jottings, and ludicrous asides adorned her desperate, nakedly lyrical poetry.
by Suzanne Snider
New Age author Carlos Castaneda is dead, but the sorcery of Don Juan Matus is alive and well in a dance studio in TriBeCa.
Dr. Thompson’s Wars
by J. M. Tyree
An appreciation of the late Hunter S. Thompson, relentless opponent of the Nixonian mind-set—still very much with us today in Iraq.
interviewed by Josh Fischel
The National Spelling Bee’s official pronouncer shares a few of his favorite words. And no, “geeldikkop” is not one of them.
interviewed by Lou Anders
Are westerns inherently gay? Do political thrillers need monsters? Was Frankenstein really a golem? China Miéville has the answers.
interviewed by Miles Marshall Lewis
The poetry wunderkind takes on racism, autobiographical fiction, and the perks of being a spoken-word rock star.
interviewed by Peter Grosz
If a man repeatedly dropping a peanut for no apparent reason makes you laugh, then improv director Mick Napier wants to be your friend.
Mannequin Appropriation Project: Sweater Over Untucked Dress Shirt
by Chuck Klosterman
Brigit Pegeen Kelly’s The Orchard
reviewed by Sarah Manguso
Peter Rushforth’s Pinkerton’s Sister
reviewed by Dan Johnson
Petros Abatzoglou’s What Does Mrs. Freeman Want?
reviewed by Darren Reidy
Keith Lee Morris’s The Best Seats In The House
reviewed by William Giraldi
Miriam Toews’s A Complicated Kindness
reviewed by Kevin Sampsell
Michael Palmer’s Company Of Moths
reviewed by Milton L. Welch
Large Books, Small Room
by Ray Bradbury
La Zona Fantasma
by Javier Marías
Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby
Letter from the Mountains: A Poem
by James K. Baxter
Enough: a new poem
by Jenn Habel
Schema: Donor Categories
by Brian McMullen & Leah Beeferman
Four-Color Comics: “Picasso: His Astonishing Life, Narrated by a Hamburger”
by Michael Kupperman