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Follow the Fear

By |September 1st, 2007|

“Fiction is a bridge to the truth that journalism can’t reach.” —Hunter S.Thompson

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I met Del Close only once before he died. It was in 1997, during a drinking binge at the Old Towne Ale House in Chicago. […]

Paul Giamatti: The Believer Interview

By |April 1st, 2006|

When Paul Giamatti talks about books – particularly the pulp fiction of his youth – his entire personality changes. He’s no longer the shy character actor soberly discussing his craft. He becomes a bundle of manic energy. He waves his arms around, his eyes go wide as saucers, and he’s barely able to suppress a giggle. […]

David O. Russell: The Believer Interview

By |November 1st, 2004|

David O. Russell hasn’t always peddled in satire. Back in the late 80s and early 90s, he was a political activist and union organizer; not typically a breeding ground for comedy. […]

Beck: The Believer Interview

By |June 1st, 2005|

At a recent benefit show in L.A., Beck proved yet again why he’s so difficult to categorize. […]

Harold Ramis: The Believer Interview

By |March 1st, 2006|

In the lobby of The Second City Theater in Chicago, the walls are lined with old cast photos, spanning from the 50s to the present. Among the faces, you’ll find some of the biggest names in comedy, like John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, John Candy, and… well, it looks like some skinny kid with spectacle glasses and a truly staggering afro. If you don’t recognize him, you’re far from alone. […]

David Sedaris: The Believer Interview

By |October 1st, 2005|

David Sedaris knows more than any author should about his readers. He knows, for instance, that more of his German fans have seen their parents naked than any other nationality. He knows that women with cirrhosis tend to be embarrassed by their conditions, but boys with tiny, shriveled limbs can be easily coaxed into medical discussions. […]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The Believer Interview

By |March 1st, 2005|

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is probably best remembered as the creator of Sherlock Holmes. […]

George Meyer: The Believer Interview

By |September 1st, 2004|

George Meyer has led me into the mountains of northern Los Angeles. We’re here because he’s heard stories about an abandoned missile silo, though he has only a vague notion of where it might be. We take Mulholland Drive until it dead-ends, then follow a dirt road on foot. Hours later, we’re hopelessly lost. […]

Child: Spencer Tweedy

By |July 1st, 2004|

They have no need for alarm clocks at the Tweedy household. When they hear the pounding of drums coming from the basement, they know it must be morning. […]

Amy Sedaris: The Believer Interview

By |March 1st, 2004|

As a teenager in North Carolina, Amy Sedaris found herself gravitating towards the outcasts at her high school. […]

Tina Fey: the Believer Interview

By |November 1st, 2003|

Here are a few things that you probably didn’t know about Tina Fey: She has a nude portrait of Blaze Starr in her office. She’ll watch any TV show having to do with “transformations,” ranging from makeovers to home design improvements. In private conversations, she’s probably the most soft-spoken person you’ll ever meet. And an inordinate number of her fans are writers. […]

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