Belonging and excluded, borders and crossings, the solid and the porous. From evening to day, imagined to real. The populous and the particular. This is an issue about dualities. Inside and outside, and the interstitial between.
As we start a new season, still isolated from the wider world, a selection of pieces from the magazine's archive that take us out into the city—and celebrate moments of serendipity and the possibilities of the chance encounter. With work from Mindy Fullilove, Robert Sullivan, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, and others.
"Giovanni's Room is a fever dream of... those brief moments in which we think we know ourselves and others, the larger moments when we realize the quest to know anything for sure may be unresolvable—yet we keep questing, anyway." Carl Phillips hosts an #APStogether reading of James Baldwin's groundbreaking novel. Join us, starting September 17.