The Believer – Aug/Sept 2017


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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In August 2017 The Believer magazine is re-launching with a mission to re-occupy the sacred ground of literary non-fiction in an era where facts and artistry are under assault.

Cover by Michael Tunk.
VOL. 14. NO. 1


Kalahari Hopscotch
by Greg Tate
One of America’s finest music critics bounds through the universe(s) of Afro futurism. 

Song of Songs
by Melissa Febos
Recording the sounds of one’s own orgasm, and the philosophical reflections that ensue.

The Disciplined Utopia
by Stephanie Elizondo Griest
What are the costs of valuing art above everything else—and does doing so leave too many voids to fill? 

On Earth as It Is in Heaven
by Michael Snyder
What does gospel sound like when it’s no longer the music of the oppressed but the music of the majority? 

Watch the Queen
by Sandi Rankaduwa
A small encyclopedia of women who rap, from Sha-Rock and Roxanne Shanté to Nicki Minaj. 

How to Get Rid of Your Used CDs
by Hua Hsu
The fourth installment of the Now That’s What I Call Music! series could get you three hundred dollars.

A discussion on the theme of unreliable songwriters, with reviews from Ronnie Scott, Adríane Quínlan, Martin Seay, and James Greer.


César Aira
interviewed by Pablo Calvi

interviewed by Melissa Locker

Mike Watt
interviewed by Alex Scordelis

Deborah Borda
interviewed by Theodore Gioia

Ezra Koenig
interviewed by Ross Simonini

Lil B
interviewed by Steve Roggenbuck


Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler


“The Angel”
by Cynthia Marie Hoffman

by Michael Dumanis

“A Very Good Dog”
by Matthew Dickman

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