The Believer (magazine)

The Believer (magazine)

"The Believer" is an American magazine, primarily about literature.


Published by McSweeney's out of San Francisco, the magazine also covers other artforms, and features articles about authors, artists, and literary issues of the past and present, often relating to politics and popular culture. "The Believer" is published semi-monthly—10 issues per year)—and sometimes featuring a CD or DVD insert.

As the magazine states above its masthead, "The Believer is a monthly magazine where length is no object. We will focus on writers and books we like.We will give people and books the benefit of the doubt. The working title of this magazine was The Optimist." [cite web
title=The Believer, Masthead
publisher=The Believer website


The magazine draws on a stable of recurring features including book reviews, interviews, letters from readers, installments from a variety of authors, etc.Notable monthly features include an advice column by Amy Sedaris and a Book Review column by Nick Hornby. All issues include a two-page, multi-color feature called "Schema".


Illustrations and cartoons are featured throughout the magazine. The cover illustrations are done by Charles Burns, while most of the other portraits and line drawings are by Tony Millionaire (following Gilbert Hernandez from the fifth issue on). Michael Kupperman's "Four-Color Comics" has appeared in many issues, and in most issues a series of images from a given artist or other source run throughout the articles à la "The New Yorker".


In early 2007, "The Believer" began printing full-page commercial advertisements — one per issue — on its inside back cover. This has led to two additional full-page advertisements in the center of the magazine on either side of one page. Previously, the magazine had been specifically promoted as advertisement-free. [

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title=promotional copy for Believer Magazine #29 (November 2005)
publisher=Last Gasp distributor website

Published issues


External links

* [ "The Believer"] , official website
* [ "Among the Believers"] - An article by New York Times' film critic, A.O. Scott about both The Believer (magazine) and n+1, (September 11, 2005).

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