All subscriptions to the Believer placed by February 1, 2023 will start with this issue.

Named the best magazine of 2022 by Alta.

Sound the bugles! The Believer is back with McSweeney’s! This massive 144-page resurrection issue is packed with highlights. We have essays from Rafia Zakaria, Sarah Marshall, and Ryan Walsh, and new guest columns from Claire Vaye Watkins and Hanif Abdurraqib. There is an interview with Alan Alda, in which he extensively discusses fruit cake. There are conversations with musicians Angel Olsen and Rickie Lee Jones, and between Aubrey Plaza and Miguel Arteta . There is a new crossword, which is very difficult but also, in our opinion, very enjoyable. There is commentary, from Oscar Villalon, on San Francisco’s 24th Street McDonald’s, and a tribute to Greg Tate from Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah. There is an exegesis of thirteenth century children’s art. There is a surprise guest advice columnist (you’ll just have to pick it up to find out who it is). There are other new ingredients too, like our first-ever worldwide best sellers list. Not to mention all of the other regular things you have come to expect from The Believer, like Nick Hornby’s column on what he’s been reading, and schemas that exhaustively analyze the demon babies of medieval art. This one is not to be missed. Order today and revel in the relaunch of this unkillable arts and culture magazine.

Table of Contents:

Resurrector: Angels in the Outfield
by Hanif Abdurraqib

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Off-Grid: a new comic
by Bridget Meyne

by Lauren Groff, Leslie Jamison, and Amy Kurzweil

Two American Sonnets Starring Octavia Butler
by Terrance Hayes

Ask Carrie
by Carrie Brownstein

Sacrifice Zone: Yellow Pine
by Claire Vaye Watkins

Colorado Springs: a new poem
by Danez Smith

The Hopper-Consani Connection
by Ryan H. Walsh

A Farewell Note to Greg Tate
by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah

Miguel Arteta interviewed by Aubrey Plaza

Snow in June: a new poem
by Jane Wong

Missed Calls
by Rafia Zakaria

Place: 24th Street McDonald’s
by Oscar Villalon

Angel Olsen interviewed by Adalena Kavanagh

Violent Delights
by Sarah Marshall

Aristocrat Inc.
by Natalie So

Alan Alda interviewed by Melissa Locker

Being: Onfim
by Annie Rauwerda

Schema: The Great Chain of Medieval Demon Babies
by Yasmin Patel

Celebration of Life: a new comic
by Hartley Lin

Rickie Lee Jones interviewed by Jessica Hopper

One-Page Reviews
Stephanie Burt on Franny Choi, Zoë Hu on Emma Bolden, Laura Preston on László Krasznahorkai, India Ennenga on Amina Cain, and Joanna Howard on Joanna Walsh

Ling Ma microinterviewed by Rhoda Feng