Lauren Redniss illustrates a star of the Ziegfeld Follies; Nam Le in Cartagena; Maile Chapman on the sinking of the Bit Forgive; Amy Leach on the dramatic life of the sea cucumber; Reality Invented: a portfolio on Russia by Natasha Randall with Andrey Platonov, Vladimir Arkhipov, Daniil Kharms, Olga Zondberg, and others; David Mitchell's Acknowledgements; poems by Laurie Sheck, Srikanth Reddy, Benjamin Paloff, and others; and introducing Corinna Vallianatos.
No. 02 • Ander MonsonAs of January 27, 2006, Western Union discontinued its telegram services, thus sounding the death knell for one of the first forms of more or less immediate long-distance communication.
No. 02 • Michael AzerradI was just watching Don Letts’ excellent punk documentary Punk Attitude, and within ten minutes it had underscored a very key idea: the punk spirit ultimately boils down to a resounding, life-affirming NO.
No. 02 • Mary MattinglyThe artist Mary Mattingly started working on the Water Pod and the Wearable Water Home a few years ago: “I was just really scared.
No. 02 • Christopher SorrentinoI owed my father a thousand dollars for twelve years.
No. 02 • David MitchellThese 900 pages would not exist without Johnny Ball.
No. 02 • Corinna VallianatosEdith told herself she wasn’t going to date now that she was a grandmother.
No. 02 • Lauren RednissDoris joined the Ziegfeld Follies Chorus at a salary of $10 a week.
No. 02 • Srikanth ReddyHe would have no objection to the study of nations.
No. 02 • Benjamin PaloffWhen we consider everything we’ve failed / to do, does it really matter that our progeny / will know us only by the lists of things / we intended to buy?
No. 02 • Bin RamkeThere remain whispers. These were, are.
No. 02 • Eugenio MontaleBring me the sunflower so that I might / transplant it into burning fields of alkali
No. 02 • Laurie SheckOver and over the word fragile.
No. 02 • Maile ChapmanThis morning I received a letter ostensibly from my friend Niklas Nummelin.
No. 02 • Nam LeIn Cartagena, Luis says, the beach is gray at dawn.
No. 02 • Natasha RandallI used to think of Russia as a giant and unfortunate jellyfish—a hapless invertebrate, throbbing with ancient cells, which keeps having skeletons dropped on it from above: “Become this!”
No. 02 • Andrey PlatanovAs an ordinary ancient day began and the sun lit up the tense green of the country, Firs was summoned to the Tsar of Kutemalia.
No. 02 • Vladimir ArkhipovVladimir Arkhipov is a self-taught artist who works in the genre of objects and installations.
No. 02 • Arkadii DragomoshchenkoNo one recognized me.
No. 02 • Arkadii DragomoshchenkoYou might have been expecting a note from me sooner than this!
No. 02 • Sergey Zavyalovsome people passed across freshly fallen / wet snow and where their soles / touched down / the earth turned dirty black
No. 02 • Elena Fanailova“A dangerous battle is taking place in the air…”
No. 02 • Dmitry Kuzminin a TV report / about the victims of the war in Chechnya / there are shots from a hospital
No. 02 • Alexander Vvedensky… along the shore of the noisy sea walked the soldier Ay Bee Cee.
No. 02 • Sergey GandlevskyThe old horseradish, he already longsFor nothing, I mean, this strangeness.
No. 02 • Daniil KharmsHow easy it is for a person to get tangled up in insignificant things.
No. 02 • Daniil KharmsThe quiet water swayed at my feet.
No. 02 • Olga ZondbergCome over here towards me, if you please.
No. 02 • Olga Zondberg“In Europe, in past centuries, a judge put on a black hat to proclaim a verdict,” I tell the next group.
No. 02 • Amy LeachWe were each like a tree grown in a cage.
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