The Other Interest: Etel Adnan on weaving; poetry by Giorgio de Chirico; David Lynch paints; a memoir by Gordon Parks; Sally Potter's work diary; Dorothea Tanning's fiction; New work from Martha Cooley, Dan Chelotti, Graham Foust, Katy Lederer, Fadwa Suleiman and others; and introducing Jai Chakrabarti, Cornelius FitzPatrick, Arinze Ifeakandu, Mahreen Sohail, and April Wolfe.
Issue 24 • Brigid HughesWhat one is known for, what is presented as a life’s work, is not an entirety. These other interests, away from the perfectionism and public attention of primary pursuits, could offer another, less guarded view.
Issue 24 • Herta MüllerI begin to feel uneasy and then I disappear.
Issue 24 • Dorothea TanningIn 1947, Dorothea Tanning was already known as a painter when the magazine Les Quatre Vents published her story “Dream It or Leave It” in an issue devoted to the Surrealists, revealing her as one of the group’s rare members with talent as both a visual artist and a writer.
Issue 24 • Pamela S. JohnsonFor Dorothea Tanning, 1947 was a year of realized dreams.
Issue 24 • Dorothea TanningI am afraid, too, of unforeseen events, cats, acts of violence, sickness, steep hills, the power of the unknown and my own potential. All unsurprising fears.
Issue 24 • Dorothea TanningSometimes I think the only true and satisfactory means of contact with those we love is by writing rather than talking.
Issue 24 • Gordon ParksYou are about to witness a remote and covetous collaboration between flower and beast.
Issue 24 • Sally PotterIt’s not so much a matter of finding a fictitious self, but rather locating how to inhabit a space with presence.
Issue 24 • Giorgio de ChiricoThe painter in Italy during the First World War.
Issue 24 • David LynchI can feel a little bit of a story before the frame that’s the painting and a little bit of the story afterwards.
Issue 24 • Etel AdnanAt moments like this I begin to think we’re at the beginning of a new millennium, a new vocabulary, a very new perception.
Issue 24 • Huang FanAccomplishment in fact / Is exhausted rejection
Issue 24 • Dan ChelottiNietzsche says that we live / our lives to live them again, / exactly as they were lived.
Issue 24 • Laynie BrowneYou know I wouldn’t love you any less / if there were no possible end to love
Issue 24 • Sally Wen MaoAll a ghost wants is to be chained / to a place, to someone who can’t forget / her.
Issue 24 • Graham FoustWe like to say we hate the visual arts, / the ways adults address their children and pets, / the open sore or sewer we call the sea.
Issue 24 • Andrew SeguinSo many hearts / sputter to pump in the hospital / like organists playing from a reef
Issue 24 • Martha CooleyMaybe those women felt as mercurial and blurry as she often did. Well, not blurry, exactly: incompletely inventoried. Like a house with unexplored rooms.
Issue 24 • Katy LedererFor him, it was a mediation / of desire, the word in his / wooden tongue.
Issue 24 • Jennifer ChangI watched her once unhook dead branches / from a living tree.
Issue 24 • Meghan PrivitelloIt has taken me a light-year to not come to terms with dying.
Issue 24 • Josh BellLike many of you humans, I enjoy lifting small, living things, because sometimes they fear me
Issue 24 • Fadwa SuleimanThere is no way out if you kill / Your victory will teeter on one leg / There will be a crown of blood on your head
Issue 24 • Catie RosemurgySomething bad, something sequential, is happening to you. / Maybe not to you, but in the place you’re standing.
Issue 24 • Peter GizziIs the word / a cunning bird / even in new / dark I will not / be quiet, the / feathering / covering me
Issue 24 • Jai ChakrabartiNo ruse better than a woman in the home, Nikhil had argued over a year ago, and eventually Sharma had agreed.
Issue 24 • Cornelius FitzPatrickHe wanted to be equal to the gaze of the sky.
Issue 24 • Arinze IfeakanduYour heart burned like you had hot charcoal on it, and your tongue tasted like bitter lemon.
Issue 24 • April WolfeYou were so far away from her and too scared to close the distance.
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