The Believer, a thirteen-time National Magazine Award finalist, is a quarterly literature, arts, and culture magazine published by McSweeney’s. In each issue, readers will find journalism, essays, intimate interviews, an expansive comics section, poetry, and on occasion, delightful and unexpected bonus items. Founded in 2003 by Heidi Julavits, Ed Park, and Vendela Vida, The Believer aims to give books and artists the benefit of the doubt (the working title of the magazine was The Optimist). Like all good magazines, it has died a few times, but it always comes back to life, thanks to its faithful and devoted readership.