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After a half decade away The Believer has returned home to McSweeney’s. To celebrate the momentous occasion, we’ve dug through our archives and found an extremely limited number of classic and timeless issues for your purchasing pleasure. Once these are gone, they’re gone forever.

This issue celebrates the Believer’s Ten Year Anniversary!

Table of Contents:

Letter to the Editors by Marc Herman
Ten years on, a reexamination of a piece from issue one

Noise-Canceling Headphones by Paul La Farge
A mole’s-eye view of the novel, its pleasures and inconveniences What the Swedes Read by Daniel Handler

The Anarchists Must Go by Justin Wadland
In the wake of a president’s assassination, a community newspaper with a circulation of seven hundred and a section focused largely on steamer schedules and tomato yields found itself defending the right to free speech while an angry mob formed a raiding party

The Believer Book Award Short List by The Editors

The Believer Poetry Award Short List by The Editors

Some Permutations of We by Margo Jefferson
Criticism that comes close to home

November 24, 1963 by Susan Straight
What my brother left behind

The Process: Kati Heck
The artist discusses making her painting Entfuhrung der Mutter mit Hase

Partial Magic in Pat the Bunny by Ed Park
Grappling with the horror of infinite mammal regression

“Comics” edited by Alvin Buenaventura

Four Paintings by Raymond Pettibon, with text by Jonathan Lethem

Nicholas Rombes on a ten-year-old film, Adriane Quinlan on a museum ten years in the making, Stephen Burt on a statesman of ten years ago, and Benjamin Weissman on writing gigs of ten years ago

“Blueprints”: a new poem by Bob Hicok

Schema: Toll-Free Ogres by Brian McMullen

Jeanette Winterson interviewed by Andrea Tetrick
“I was so angry and thought, I’m not playing the game, because I didn’t want to play the literary game. I wanted to write books, which is different.”

Musin’s and Thinkin’s by Jack Pendarvis

“Spring Formal”: a new poem by Rosalie Moffett

Joe Frank interviewed by Jonathan Goldstein
“Stop at nothing to get the best work that you can get. Betray, violate, cause enormous harm.”

Real Life Rock Top Tenby Greil Marcus

Rev. James Lawson interviewed by Diane Lefer
“How can you claim to love God, who is invisible, if you hate the neighbor who you can see?”

Martha Plimpton interviewed by Kathryn Borel
“When you start worrying about how you are being perceived, your work loses integrity.”

“Theory of Relativity”: a new poem by Eric Weinstein

Stuff I’ve Been Reading by Nick Hornby