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Three Poems by Alan Gilbert
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You might be an heir to the throne,
but I’ve abolished the monarchy
before the sun comes out
and washes away the DayGlo.

The Snows of Venice by Ben Lerner

Slow sonnets for Alexander Kluge

Project by An-My Lê

In the spring of 2015, An-My Lê was invited by film director Gary Ross to photograph on the set of Free State of Jones, his period war film inspired by the life of Newton Knight, a Mississippi farmer and Southern Unionist who led an armed revolt against the Confederacy in 1864. 

Isamu Noguchi: Self-Interned, 1942 by Zack Hatfield
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How willful captivity shaped a sculptor’s practice.

Ognjen Glavonić by Pamela Cohn

“It’s really important that my colleagues, the filmmakers from all Yugoslav countries, turn their cameras toward themselves, so as to dissect and question what really constitutes our recent history.”

Solmaz Sharif’s Look by Rebekah Weikel
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How might one delineate “damage” given the wider effects of war on society and its citizenry? Solmaz Sharif’s debut book of poems inquires through a powerful collection of verse that integrates the Defense Dictionary lexicon.

Dara Birnbaum & Matt Saunders by Chris Chang
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Trauma and media manipulation at work.

Portfolio by Martha Rosler
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“Bodily trauma at the very level of form.”

David Means’s Hystopia by Chantal McStay
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The crisply constructed short stories for which David Means has become renowned are high and tight. His new—and first—novel, Hystopia, is something shaggier, departing, in its theoretical approach, from the New Yorker School of Fiction for the emerging field of narrative medicine, in which testimonies of trauma are inherently wooly and chaotic rather than refined and concise.

Matt Gallagher by J.T. Price
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“War isn’t a destination, nor is it a topic to be mined for scribes with nothing else to say.”

Rebecca Makkai by J.T. Price
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“People love to underrate plot, because it makes them sound like they’re beyond it, like plot is best left to Danielle Steele.“

Mark Doten & Peter Dimock
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“People struggling to control language, control conversation, literally to control the world.”

James Salter by Sally Gall
James Salter

“Style is the writer.”

Norman Manea by Morten Høi Jensen
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“You heard everywhere talk of the end of ideology, the end of history—what end? If people are alive, there is no end.”

Portfolio by Ofri Cnaani

My Untranslated Feed

Joshua Oppenheimer by Pamela Cohn
The Look Of Silence Oppenheimer

The Look of Silence, and the price of forgiveness.

Atticus Lish by Jesse Barron
Atticus Lish

Hardship, the borough of Queens, and new American pilgrims.

Marshall Curry by Gary M. Kramer
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A crash course on manhood caught on camera.

Orwa Nyrabia by Pamela Cohn
Silvered Water Syria Self-Portrait

Civil war, exile, and documentary as art.

On Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait by Nicholas Elliott
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Discovering a cinema of civil war.

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