This week in “things we like,” essayist and artist Aisha Mirza shares with us some of their favorite things, which includes a blog about Afrofuturism and the Caribbean and African diaspora in Britain, the music of Kadhja Bonet, and their grandmother’s mince puff pastries.
In “Holes,” a story excerpted from her new collection Pretend We Live Here (Future Tense Books), Genevieve Hudson plumbs the depths of Claire’s emotional and physical struggles to heal after a throat operation. An old love reemerges through social media to haunt her, tugging loose old memories, and she reflects on the transitions she’s made since their time together.
Fady Joudah’s stunning Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance feels like slowly remembering pieces of a dream. The book of poems examines reanimation in a multitude of forms—reanimation of body, of memory, of myth, and of emotion.
Lindsay Eyth takes on the patriarchy in Self-Defense, her first solo exhibition, on display at RECSPEC Gallery.
Meg Fee is the author of Places I Stopped on The Way Home, an exploration of the formative years she spent in the city as a 20-something. In this interview, she talks about New York City as a cultural construct, finding home, and turning 30.
A selection of photos from our ninth issue release party, held at Slantspace in Austin on May 25, 2018.
Madame Nielsen’s novel The Endless Summer is an elegy for youth, a sensuous reflection on its fleeting promise and unrealized possibilities. Nielsen touches on gender, sexuality, love, death, and art, but, like her characters, those themes largely remain archetypal, opaque. Rather, Nielsen emphasizes the power of language in memorializing life, in imbuing it with meaning.
Author Matthew Sharpe speaks with artist Sue Havens about her work, Turkish embroidery, ephemera, raku ceramics, and more.