Our première issue, set to the themes of corsetry.
Featuring: Scott Alexander Hess. Lily Robert-Foley. kristin cerda. Jane Agnes Quinn. Chandra Smith. Caroline Picard. Katherine Cox. Michael Sidman. Circadies. Matthew Dexter. Chandra Smith. Brian K. Burton. Ryan Block. M.A.A. Introduction by Catherine Borders.
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Our second issue, set to the themes of the veil.
Featuring: Brandon Brown. Danielle Vogel. Rebecca Mir. Russell Jaffe. Morani Kornberg-Weiss. A.B. Rosen. Amanda Davidson. Beth Boettcher. Sarah Elizabeth Blake. Camille Bloomfield. Jared Schickling. M.A.A. Nicholas Karavatos. Roxanne Carter. A. Schomer. Jessica Lefèvre-Grave Delâtre. Lily Robert-Foley. Introduction by Catherine Borders.
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Jiji tells the story of two tragic lovers : the signifier and the signified.
Aching to be together yet doomed to remain apart.
Like lovers flirt, the language in Jiji flirts with breaking its bond with the reader.
Very early in the book, a series of graphemic modifications occur.
On page 4, all o’s are removed.
On page 17, all j’s and l’s are exchanged.
On page 22, h is added to a’s (ah).
On page 94, y is replaced with i.
On page 100, u is replaced with ∩.
On page 123, e is replaced with ∅.
The text erodes, drawing farther and farther from accessible reading. Falling in love is the story of learning to read a new code. A broken heart is the story of unlearning normale codes. On page 134, the lovers create a new way of making text called « machines » : conceptual poetry devices intended to read and study language by revealing and rewriting structures implicit in reappropriated texts into said texts to create new texts and rinse, lather, repeat. When the machines begin the orthographic modifications stop, the end begins. Be brave, reader.
A Suburb of Monogamy is about the invention, withdrawal, and body of a liaison. An existential tryst with survival and desperation at its core. A passionate love affair that succumbs to a pain that is not innocent, not victimless. A heroine’s shift in perspective, imploding in metaphor, a decade.
Painfully self-aware. Macabre. Beautiful. Confessional. Hot. One girl’s antidote to nihilism : her opera aria.
Nora is a neurotic teenager in the suburbs of Chicago. Under the crushing weight of Catholicism, she takes a lover, one she only loves in absence. She lives in the obsessive, annihilating shadows of complaint and reflection. He’s a noir fetish thrown at her feet, another void for her to grind against. When he’s gone, his ghost is voluptuous, all language and heat; such an exhausting illusion to maintain. Yet she can’t quit him, and for a while, that’s enough. Until it’s not.