An issue exploring iconoclasts, tensions, contrasts, antagonisms, and culture clashes that motivate art and inform conflict.
No. 25 • Mark HageHe was their fascination, danger, and distraction, a foretold scapegoat, a matter of time.
No. 25 • Krzysztof Wodiczko
No. 25 • Gordon LishYou can trust it a little, but only, as admitted, a little.
No. 25 • Ana Hatherly
No. 25 • Amy LeachThey say difficulty is an invitation; does that mean the more the difficulty, the more the invitation? Is impossibility the deepest invitation of all?
No. 25 • Alexander KanThe first thing he wanted to do was to leave, no, it wasn’t—why are you lying to yourself, Costumier?
No. 25 • Jenny HolzerRejoice! Our times are intolerable. Take courage, for the worst is a harbinger of the best.
No. 25 • Yiyun LiWriting, as long as it is one’s private freedom, will always be disloyalty.
No. 25How do two artists live together… and maintain our sanity and continue to work?
No. 25 • Mercè RodoredaThe streets were always so full of people running around all over the place, this way and that, shouting out "Free-dom! Free-dom!"
No. 25 • Quim MonzóWhat was the point of so much effort, single-minded devotion, celibacy and sacrifice?
No. 25 • Jenn DíazShe says I’m always doing bad things, and maybe she’s right, but if I don’t do them I get bored.
No. 25 • Gregory Crewdson
No. 25 • Kayla BlatchleyThere were too many of them in the small house, and the rain was constant that last day.
No. 25 • Kiki DelanceyDuring this time I was enjoying the passage of days and waiting to see if there would be any money.
No. 25 • Thomas Struth
No. 25 • Catherine PierceO you gorgeous torture, you slow-mo sadist, / you taught me all I knew about breathlessness.
No. 25 • Matvei YankelevichWinter—might pray to green trees / to see the star that brings a season in...
No. 25 • Wendy XuIf I begin speaking to you now, you will have expectations
No. 25 • Anna RabinowitzI'll be a sleuth rummaging through missing clues.
No. 25 • Ari BaniasSomeone with a clipboard / outside the market / asking for signatures
No. 25 • Claire Sylvester SmithI can sometimes tell, / if you put two chemicals together, / what kind of third chemical you might get...
No. 25 • P. Scott CunninghamDo you realize the wealth of stones / God, in His infinite wisdom, has given to this township?
No. 25 • James Allen HallBecause I have no language / for fire, I say longing.
No. 25 • Alex DimitrovThe low light of the lobby spreads out like a day.
No. 25 • Robert SullivanEven more than the streets, the harbor is liminal by definition: the tides only change.
No. 25 • Marie Lorenz
No. 25 • Denise Scott BrownThe 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.
No. 25 • Emmet ElliottThe tipi, for instance, understands plains life far differently than the barn.
No. 25 • Jordana MaisieSurface is not an independent element. It has thickness, and this thickness is both physical and metaphorical.
No. 25 • Sasha Saben CallaghanAsking questions can lead to trouble. Asking questions can be a very bad idea.
No. 25 • Kristen GleasonHe saw the ice growing up from the dirt, the browning of the grass. The ascendance of the callous season.
No. 25 • Gothataone MoengWe talked of grabbing the city, as if by its neck, and having it right here, right in the palms of our hands.
No. 25 • Jamil KochaiAll that mattered then for a musafir from America was how he was going to go about killing another hot summer day.
No. 25 • Robert Fairer
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