Sweater weather is turning into coat weather. The office dog is trying to steal your cough drops. You’re becoming convinced that the only way to keep up with your creative practice is to cut all social ties. Intercourse will follow you down the rabbit hole. Issue 4 is packed with all things trippy and tropical, raunchy and rhythmical, mimetic and mobile.

Between these not-too-glossy pages you’ll find our distinct combination of atypical prose, poetry, conversation and artwork. Critic Daniel Mendelsohn and artist David Salle discuss cultivating taste, the lead singers of theButthole Surfers and The Flaming Lips debate selling out, and marine biologist David Gruber and artist/historian Katherine McLeod explore the legacy of William Beebe and the future of deep sea exploration.

Dan Graham reflects on the Zodiac, Matthew Niederhauser shares photos of ersatz architecture in China, Genesis P-Orridge lets us read h/er journals and Greg Kloehn builds and distributes single-occupancy houses to homeless friends.

And if that isn’t enough to melt your winter malaise, Tom McCarthy shares thoughts on his new novel that’s almost about Staten Island and Iain Boal traces the scourge of automobilism. And Devin Troy Strother sexes that rectangle.