- Donald Rumsfeld sits down to talk about his memoir, Known and Unknown. Best line in the piece has to be, “I order an avocado and bacon salad. Rumsfeld orders a cup of clam chowder and a glass of lemonade.” The rest you’ve probably heard already.
- Will Self (no, not Will Sheff) takes a look at the films of the Coen brothers. “[S]adly, they are only a moderately clever person’s idea of what great American auteurs might be like.”
- Lou Barlow talks about the past and future of Sebadoh.
- On the cover: Jay McInerney reviews J.D. Salinger: A Life by Kenneth Slawenski.
Dan Kois reviews Justin Taylor’s The Gospel of Anarchy. First Kois makes the assumption that many of us threw away our zine collection, then says the plot, “shows signs of the author throwing up his hands.”
- There’s a review of the Tiger Mother book, but honestly, who cares at this point? (Actually, don’t answer that…)
- Three new books out on Nelson Mandella are reviewed as well.