Features

Keeping the Bear Afloat: Lessons from Diane di Prima’s Small Press Legacy

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It is difficult, today, to imagine printed literary works competing—in measures of speed, volume, and relevancy—with social media, live streaming, and 24/7 broadcast news. However, fast-paced political publishing still exists, often a display of the power and potential that lies in thinking big and publishing “small.”

On Friendship

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This delight in difference is what black religion in the post-Trump still-neoliberal age, which is another way to say black religion in the age of Thomas Jefferson, in the age of racial capitalism, antiblack racism, and settler colonialism, needs to rediscover.

Love in the Korean Demilitarized Zone

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The appeal to love as a revelatory force is at once a familiar rhetorical strategy for galvanizing peninsular unification platforms and a basic generative paradigm for imagining other worlds emotionally.

Beyond Belief Amongst the Millennials

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What would happen if we looked at the spiritual picture of millennial America through a lens less of function or form but of power, understood historically?

The Headmistress, Interpreted

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The plan was to say adieu and die, alone, by the pond. And if this was indeed her plan, it was a plan that went spectacularly awry.

Adrenochome Supplements for the Postmodern Condition

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Without any dogmatic adherence to the collection of conspiracies, QAnon followers often choose which of the individual narratives to follow within the larger collection, a build-your-own history.

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.

Paranoia as Resistance in Gloria Naylor’s 1996

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Fake news, mass surveillance, and global pandemic aren’t mere tropes to explore the life of the mind. They are our everyday lives.