From the Quarterly

Full Stop Quarterly: Winter 2021


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


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

William Gaddis’s Failure


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


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


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

The Brief Life of Brutalism


Only now, fifty years after the formal end of the Brutalist movement, does it appear in the timeline of world architecture not so much as a steppingstone but as a stumbling block.

Starlets of Dystopian Sport


Rollerball and Death Race 2000 may have been early entrants into diagnosing that dreadful feeling that accompanies the unbeatable supremacy of capitalism.

The Monster Out of Nowhere


Imagining the mass strike and practically organizing it are one and the same activity.

Andrea Muehlebach


You have to look beyond the monster itself in order to understand what it actually means.

Mary Seacole and the Cholera in Panama


Mary Seacole’s account of her role in treating Cholera’s victims presents a portrait of one epidemic-stricken community that responds in ways both typical and, in our own pandemic times, uncomfortably familiar.