The plot so far
1971: Born San Francisco
1989: Attends Middlebury College, Vermont
1993: Interns at the ‘Paris Review’, New York
1996: Gains Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University
1999: Publishes first book, ‘Girls on the Verge’
2003: Co-founds ‘The Believer’
2003: Publishes first novel, ‘And Now You Can Go’
2007: Publishes ‘Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name’
2009: Premiere of co-written ‘Away We Go’
2010: Publishes ‘The Lovers’
First published in March 2003 and now pushing nearly 80 issues, The Believer bills itself as a magazine “where length is no object”.
Specialising in long-format interviews with philosophers, musicians, filmmakers and writers, it also publishes musings on anything from light bulbs to presidents.
Co-edited by Vida, her Columbia flatmate Heidi Julavits, and Ed Park, circulation hovers at around 20,000 for the 10-times-a- year publication. It’s a niche production, with annual issues dedicated to music (usually leaning towards the more obscure), film and art. Small, yes, but tight aesthetics and a coherent but experimental style put it at the top of the reading pile.