This month we’re braving the teen terrain. Adolescents may have no monopoly on bad behavior, but they have the market cornered on inventive ways of displaying it. Here teens scheme, double-cross, and otherwise terrorize their peers; "mean" is truly average, and every story includes a plot. Religious ceremonies lead to ritual humiliation, family vacations turn into holidays in hell, and even adults act out. Stand back as Naja Aidt, Andrés Barba, Leonardo Pica Ciamarra, Lars Saabye Christensen, Angela Dutra de Menezes, Eve Gil, and Etienne van Heerden depict a world of bad behavior.




Also in this Issue

from “Ru”

I came into the world early in the Year of the Monkey, during the Tet Offensive





Book Reviews

Romain Gary’s “Hocus Bogus”

In the 1970s the French writer and film director Romain Gary had grown, in his own words, “tired of being nothing but myself.”


Olga Tokarczuk’s “Primeval and Other Times”

Then there is Primeval: protozoic, foundational, “the place at the centre of the universe.”