Fall 2015

G.  R. Swenson protests MOMA with a ? / Pita Amor in neon lights / Fame and Rejection / Saul Bellow’s letters from a safe-deposit box / Looking for Natalie de Blois on Park Avenue / The last years of Black Mountain College / Elena Ferrante and the art of concealment / Merce Cunningham dances / On the life of studios / The architecture of freedom



Issue 23 Etel Adnan

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Issue 23 Kathleen Collins

I’m moody, damn it, and restless… and life has so many tuneless days.

The Book of Petitions

Issue 23 Vénus Khoury-Ghata

Who will find lost time / who will tie it to the foot of the bed.

Lady Antaeus

Issue 23 Bette Howland

An out-of-print book discovered in the one dollar cart at a used bookstore leads to the rediscovery of an acclaimed writer, her unpublished work, and a forty year correspondence with Saul Bellow in a safe-deposit box in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Issue 23 Bette Howland

At last it had dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. I was always rolling these stones from my grave.

A Life in Letters

Issue 23 Jacob Howland

Thirty-one, a single mother of two young sons, she labored at her typewriter day and night, worked part time as a librarian and an editor for the University of Chicago Press, and often threw bills directly into the trash.

A Visit

Issue 23 Bette Howland

I was wondering what the chances might be of undertaking a crash course in self-improvement here in Eternity. Not so hot.

The American Heroine

Issue 23 Bette Howland

Edna is no American Bovary. She is American—period. The American heroine on her quest for experience, in all her problematic American innocence and ignorance.

Ever Your Friend

Issue 23 Saul Bellow

One should cook and eat one’s misery. Chain it like a dog. Harness it like Niagara Falls to generate light and supply voltage for electric chairs.

Blue in Chicago

Issue 23 Bette Howland

And yet I found myself reacting to her in the same way—noticing all through the meal that she seemed to talk only when her mouth was full and her cheek was bulging like a fist. As if she were chewing a quid of tobacco, and about to squirt. Alarming.


Issue 23 Ana Hatherly


Time’s Weather

Issue 23 Friederike Mayröcker

I let myself be carried by my language as if it were endowed with tiny wings.

About Two Women

Issue 23 Mark Hage

You listen to the wind's instructions, its steady siege.

Three Poems

Issue 23 Rosemary Tonks

Sin pricks me like a convict’s suit of arrows / For here my evil, blue, and moody youth / Has found its old lair.

Speaking Up

Issue 23 Yang Jiang

We have thrown ourselves into the cause, body and soul.

The Goldfish

Issue 23 Susie Mee

Cannot we create a new world by emptying this one out and adding fresh colors one by one?

Early On

Issue 23 Isobel and Michael Armstrong

It was absolutely revolutionary and liberating, and so full of possible experiment.


Issue 23 Hazel Larsen Archer


Pita in the Arms of God

Issue 23 Elena Poniatowska

I believe in the time of my glands and arteries.

The Truck

Issue 23 Elisabetta Rasy

The “nothing” I am talking about is a perfectly successful cocktail of darkness and fog.

Looking for Natalie

Issue 23 Annie Coggan


Souvenir Button

Issue 23 Rosalyn Drexler

Never in the course of history has a work of art disposed of itself. A strange suicide indeed.
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Outside Inside

Issue 23 Martha King

Baz and I had Fame and Rejection. We lived in a flow of contradiction.


Issue 23 Lina Bo Bardi

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She’ll Make Herself Alive

Issue 23 Antonio Romani

Concealment, discretion, secrecy: I found myself thinking of Epicurus’s advice, lathe biosas: “live in obscurity.”


Issue 23 Etel Adnan

I peeled every trace of light off the walls. Withdrew into blurred definitions.

A Body in a Station

Issue 23 Eiko

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