From the Quarterly

Full Stop Quarterly: Fall 2022

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What does it mean to join a fight one no longer believes one can win? In our latest issue, writers confront the malaise and suspicion of cynicism.

A Madonna Vandalized

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Freely/Dawe represent what they have produced as a translation when, by any fair definition of the word, it isn’t. To make matters worse—much worse—they misread the Turkish again and again.

On Shirley Jackson and Staying Inside

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The malcontents of quarantine life—especially for women—recall other forms of domestic confinement, from self-inflicted agoraphobia to endless household drudgery. 

How We Are Translated – Jessica Gaitán Johannesson

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In her debut novel, Johannesson brings forth discussions that have long existed (the experience of being between languages) as well as new ones (contemporary tensions over displaced people), joining the two under one specific idea: translation.

Cecilia Pavón

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It’s hard to have the trap attitude when I’m in the plaza exercising with the old ladies and their dogs.

Dubravka Ugrešić

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All in all, I’m a sort of literary smuggler. I try to smuggle forgotten, less known literary values to “Western audiences.” Do you know what premastication, or pre-chewing, or kiss feeding is? That’s what I did in Fox.

Full Stop Quarterly: Winter 2021

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There’s a language between the languages, where a translation lives. This other place is where Full Stop ventures in this quarterly issue.

Talking in the Void

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As we look to philosophers, our sense of failure only grows in intensity.

William Gaddis’s Failure

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The Gaddis I like best to think of is a God-haunted aristocrat. Thrown pearl-clutching into a fallen world, he gathers himself and understands it as his task to recognize what instances of the eternal still obtain, among things melted into air.

An Arc of Light Across the Cold War Sky

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What began in 1947 as a largely hopeful movement defined by wonder, openness, and concern for mankind, plunged into the paranoia-fueled mire that skeptics had always assumed the UFO movement to be.