First up, we bring you 'Techno-Primitivism', a collaboration between David Trotter and Vanessa Hodgkinson ('a critic's encounter with work by an artist who had encountered some of his ideas') on achieving art and progress and literature in engaging with the past. We're also thrilled to publish an interview with Darian Leader, in which he talks about Lacanian psychoanalysis, his writing career, the Mona Lisa, Big Pharma, and much more. Fiction-wise, we couldn't get further from unpublished writers from Britain and Ireland (see short story prize) than Ryu Murakami, 'one of the few subversive writers we have' (Nathaniel Rich, New York Times), whose brutal brand of Japanese noir translated by Ralph McCarthy is sure to cause a stir in the coming months as three of his novels are just out by Pushkin Press. Ricky D'Ambrose, the New York-based filmmaker and critic, takes on Michael Haneke, 'the Last Modernist ... [whose] radical scepticism is the flipside of his dandyism'. Saskia Hamilton, finally, contributes two poems, 'Ad Tertiam' and 'Flatlands'.