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Read A Trip to Japan in Sixteen Minutes, Michelle Legro’s essay on Sadakichi Hartmann, in its entirety here. Check out excerpts from this issue here.

Table of Contents:

Lucha Libro by Christopher Heaney
On Saturday nights in Lima, a bracket of thity-two unpublished writers don luchador masks and battle for the future of Peruvian literature.

The Process by Christopher Bollen
A conversation with the artist Seth Price about his book How to Disappear in America.

“Search Party”: a new poem by Jean Monahan

S.O.S. by Rachel Kushner
The black comedy of Curzio Malaparte, in which Americans eat manatees and vendors hawk pubic wigs in postwar Italy.

Real Life Rock Top Ten by Greil Marcus

Musin’s and Thinkin’s by Jack Pendarvis

A Trip to Japan in Sixteen Minutes by Michelle Legro
In 1944, the self-imposed exile Sadakichi Hartmann died dreaming of the perfume concert that failed to take him home.

“Comics” edited by Alvin Buenaventura

Schema: Team Dostoevsky by Bob Solotaroff

The Believer Book Award and Believer Poetry Award presented by the editors

Here in America by Lawrence Weschler
How a community arts center in west central Illinois started a discussion on censorship, abuse, and the power of transgressive art.

Noah Baumbach interviewed by Vendela Vida

Rudy Wurlitzer interviewed by Alan Licht

Rashida Jones interviewed by Kathryn Borel

What the Swedes Read interviewed by Daniel Handler

Zhuang Zhou interviewed by Alan Levinovitz

Stuff I’ve Been Reading interviewed by Nick Hornby