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.
No. 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.
No. 24 • Herta MüllerI begin to feel uneasy and then I disappear.
No. 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.
No. 24 • Pamela S. JohnsonFor Dorothea Tanning, 1947 was a year of realized dreams.
No. 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.
No. 24 • Dorothea TanningSometimes I think the only true and satisfactory means of contact with those we love is by writing rather than talking.
No. 24 • Gordon ParksYou are about to witness a remote and covetous collaboration between flower and beast.
No. 24 • Sally PotterIt’s not so much a matter of finding a fictitious self, but rather locating how to inhabit a space with presence.
No. 24 • Giorgio de ChiricoThe painter in Italy during the First World War.
No. 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.
No. 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.
No. 24 • Huang FanAccomplishment in fact / Is exhausted rejection
No. 24 • Dan ChelottiNietzsche says that we live / our lives to live them again, / exactly as they were lived.
No. 24 • Laynie BrowneYou know I wouldn’t love you any less / if there were no possible end to love
No. 24 • Sally Wen MaoAll a ghost wants is to be chained / to a place, to someone who can’t forget / her.
No. 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.
No. 24 • Andrew SeguinSo many hearts / sputter to pump in the hospital / like organists playing from a reef
No. 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.
No. 24 • Katy LedererFor him, it was a mediation / of desire, the word in his / wooden tongue.
No. 24 • Jennifer ChangI watched her once unhook dead branches / from a living tree.
No. 24 • Shuzo TakiguchiBeautiful words / transform into birds of light / inside a crystal eye.
No. 24 • Meghan PrivitelloIt has taken me a light-year to not come to terms with dying.
No. 24 • Josh BellLike many of you humans, I enjoy lifting small, living things, because sometimes they fear me
No. 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
No. 24 • Catie RosemurgySomething bad, something sequential, is happening to you. / Maybe not to you, but in the place you’re standing.
No. 24 • Peter GizziIs the word / a cunning bird / even in new / dark I will not / be quiet, the / feathering / covering me
No. 24 • Jai ChakrabartiNo ruse better than a woman in the home, Nikhil had argued over a year ago, and eventually Sharma had agreed.
No. 24 • Cornelius FitzPatrickHe wanted to be equal to the gaze of the sky.
No. 24 • Arinze IfeakanduYour heart burned like you had hot charcoal on it, and your tongue tasted like bitter lemon.
No. 24 • April WolfeYou were so far away from her and too scared to close the distance.
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