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A Public Space

No. 25

Winter 2017

An issue exploring iconoclasts, tensions, contrasts, antagonisms, and culture clashes that motivate art and inform conflict.

 

Table of Contents



 

Note

Duels

This is an issue exploring duels.

Brigid Hughes


 

Art

Profiles

Brian Calvin


 

Letters

Le Corbusier to Iannis Xenakis

I therefore give you back your freedom as of September 1, 1959.

Le Corbusier


 

Fiction

The Sinister Capabilities of Amiability

He was their fascination, danger, and distraction, a foretold scapegoat, a matter of time.

Mark Hage


 

Photography

Poliscar

Krzysztof Wodiczko


 

Free Speech Freely Spoken

True, Or Bloomingdale, Westchester Division, New York Hospital, Dr. Walter McKnight, Presiding

You can trust it a little, but only, as admitted, a little.

Gordon Lish


 

Art

O melhor dos mundos possíveis

Ana Hatherly


 

Essay

The Green Man

They say difficulty is an invitation; does that mean the more the difficulty, the more the invitation? Is impossibility the deepest invitation of all?

Amy Leach


 

Art

The Sportsmen

Kazimir Malevich


 

Fiction

Costumier

The first thing he wanted to do was to leave, no, it wasn’t—why are you lying to yourself, Costumier?

Alexander Kan


 

Posters

Inflammatory Essays

Rejoice! Our times are intolerable. Take courage, for the worst is a harbinger of the best.

Jenny Holzer


 

Essay

Either/Or: Notes from a Difficult Year

Writing, as long as it is one’s private freedom, will always be disloyalty.

Yiyun Li


 

Letters

November 18, 1987

We are in obscene danger of becoming mass men (all right mass “people”) who will attempt to tear down anyone who is beyond us.

James Alan McPherson


 

Interviews

On the Direct and the Circular

How do two artists live together… and maintain our sanity and continue to work?


 

Fiction

Village Journeys

The streets were always so full of people running around all over the place, this way and that, shouting out "Free-dom! Free-dom!"

​Mercè Rodoreda


 

Fiction

Three Stories

What was the point of so much effort, single-minded devotion, celibacy and sacrifice?

Quim Monzó


 

Fiction

Public Access

Death by Dying

She says I’m always doing bad things, and maybe she’s right, but if I don’t do them I get bored.

Jenn Díaz


 

Photography

Cathedral of the Pines

Gregory Crewdson


 

Fiction

Cohocton, Reunion

There were too many of them in the small house, and the rain was constant that last day.

Kayla Blatchley


 

Fiction

Sky and Light and Color

During this time I was enjoying the passage of days and waiting to see if there would be any money.

Kiki Delancey


 

Photography

Walking

Thomas Struth


 

Poetry

Poem for Quicksand

O you gorgeous torture, you slow-mo sadist, / you taught me all I knew about breathlessness.

Catherine Pierce


 

Poetry

Then They Ate Their Horses

How many men fit into this ditch / beside me? What color before were / my robes?

Lisa Olstein


 

Poetry

Reenactment

Someone will lose both eyes.

Bridget Lowe


 

Poetry

Heading Home

In my dreams I'm heading home.

Anzhelina Polonskaya


 

Poetry

From A Winter Notebook

Winter—might pray to green trees / to see the star that brings a season in...

Matvei Yankelevich


 

Poetry

Commons

If I begin speaking to you now, you will have expectations

Wendy Xu


 

Poetry

Invidia Flips Her Id

I'll be a sleuth rummaging through missing clues.

Anna Rabinowitz


 

Poetry

Human Time

Someone with a clipboard / outside the market / asking for signatures

Ari Banias


 

Poetry

Reanimation

I can sometimes tell, / if you put two chemicals together, / what kind of third chemical you might get...

Claire Sylvester Smith


 

Poetry

Giles Corey

Do you realize the wealth of stones / God, in His infinite wisdom, has given to this township?

P. Scott Cunningham


 

Poetry

Beltane Fires

Because I have no language / for fire, I say longing.

James Allen Hall


 

Poetry

Perfect Day

The low light of the lobby spreads out like a day.

Alex Dimitrov


 

Public Art

La Dérive

Even more than the streets, the harbor is liminal by definition: the tides only change.

Robert Sullivan


 

Public Art

Tide and Current Taxi

Marie Lorenz


 

Document

Sitting: A Position Paper

The workers of the world (except at lunch hour and on the weekend and except parents and those who care for children) don’t sit in parks.

Denise Scott Brown


 

Proposal

101 South Fifth Street

The tipi, for instance, understands plains life far differently than the barn.

Emmet Elliott


 

Proposal

Surface Matters

Surface is not an independent element. It has thickness, and this thickness is both physical and metaphorical.

Jordana Maisie


 

Fellow

A List of Some of the Things Martin Knows

Asking questions can lead to trouble. Asking questions can be a very bad idea.

Sasha Saben Callaghan


 

Fellow

The Pale Pig

He saw the ice growing up from the dirt, the browning of the grass. The ascendance of the callous season.

Kristen Gleason


 

Fellow

Bodies

We talked of grabbing the city, as if by its neck, and having it right here, right in the palms of our hands.

Gothataone Moeng


 

Art

A Red Figure

Kazimir Malevich


 

Fiction

Nights in Logar

All that mattered then for a musafir from America was how he was going to go about killing another hot summer day.

Jamil Kochai


 

Photography

Alexander McQueen: Unseen

Robert Fairer


 

Art

Anything Goes

Edith Head

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