Essays

Families Fall Apart While Friendships Flourish in Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet

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At heart, Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer ask us: what holds people together who are living through this political moment of breakage?

Myths over History: the Strange Story of 21st Century Traditionalism on the Far Right

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Geopolitics as a field is catnip for Traditionalists and others attracted by the high-end and fatuous.

Impossible Demand: Utopic Poetry

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Reading poetry has felt like a ridiculous use of my time and a necessary one.

Mind Melding Across the Genre Divide

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To choose the “we” narrator is inherently political. The collectively narrated novel is fairly new—to literary realism, anyway.

Narcissus and Lethe

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Most of the time we become through ambivalence—not caring either way—in an ill-fitting place of unfulfilled desire. Essays on ambivalence and forgetting.

Hyperstitional Theory-Fiction

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A generation of highly original thinkers whose commitment to their work was not limited to the fickle favors of the research and education sector. An all-too-brief introduction.

A Cultural History of the Cranked Snare Drum

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The snare sound was designed to obliterate, but on the other side of each strike was a celestial overtone — a halo that hung above the chaos.

Dionysus-Sardanapalus

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The statue was renamed, or named twice: the Dionysus-Sardanapalus. Each name is a mirror of itself and the opposite. The statue embodies the unstable relationship between history, narrative, and artifact.

Winter Dreaming

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To write fan-fiction is to re-write, to bend time, to insert oneself into a queer narrative that is both already-impossible and newly-possible through the projection of desire onto fictional proxies.

Zones of Darkness

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Our thoughts about the mind or our minds themselves? Popular science at the edge of meaning.