The Believer #119


A literature, arts, and culture magazine featuring journalism and essays that are frequently very long, book reviews that are not necessarily timely, and interviews that are intimate, frank, and also very long.

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Understanding is the Proof of Error
by Katrina Dodson
The trials and tribulations of translating the great Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector.

At Home in Filmistan
by William Nakabayashi
Inside the music, magic, and motion of Mumbai’s Filmistan Studios.

Our Arab
by Zaina Arafat
How a collect call brought a Palestinian man back to the small Minnesotan town he fell in with in his youth.


Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby


Interviewed by Noah Pisner

The Process: Kirstine Roepstorff
by Travis Jeppesen

Lola Kirke in conversation with Griffin Newman

Jessica Bruder and David Blei
Interviewed by Meehan Crist

Anne Carson
Microinterviewed by Charlotte Shane

Paul Beatty in conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen


“Grand Canyon Sketchbook”
by Anders Nilsen

“Black Flag”
by Ben Passmore
A man’s neighbor disappears inside the Louisiana prison system.

“Week after Wedding”
by Andrea Tsurumi
A comic about a shift in perspective while wandering, newly married, through a museum.

“Grave Cleaning”
by Ann Xu


Colette DeDonato on why we love Frankenstein; Garrett Caples on the Mallarmé of short fiction; Rachel Z. Arndt on The Autobiography of a Face; and Stephanie Burt on the book she wishes she could have read as a teen.


Household Object: Taxidermied Alligator Head
by Carmen Maria Machado

The Winners of the Believer Book Award and Poetry Award

The Believer Book Award Readers’ Survey

How to Make a French Exit
by Eugene Lim


Ersatz Pudding
by Vanessa Hua


“This is Where They Plant Cheap Pine”: a new poem
by Sandra Simonds

“After the Skinny Repeal is Voted Down”: a new poem
by Shane McCrae

“Beset by a Disk of Radiating Feathers”: a new poem
by Heather Christle

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