Apocalypse Now and Then Image Credit: Felandus Thames, A Mother, A Daughter, and Mother-in-law. (2018) 24"x 39" x 1", Hairbeads on coated wire. Courtesy of the artist.
“For all the tea in China, all the oil in Texas” Image Credit: Chester Higgins, State of Affairs, 2020. © Chester Higgins Archives. Courtesy of the artist.
Horseman No. 5 Image Credit: Sheena Rose, Grawlix, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.
Dawn of Darkness 1 Image Credit: Romare Bearden, Morning of the Rooster. (1980), Lithograph, ART©Romare Bearden Foundation. Courtesy of the Romare Bearden Foundation.

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Convergence / Vol. 2 No. 3

Convergence 5: Apocalypse Now and Then

The announcement of this issue was circulated some months ago, but these past weeks have reassured the editors of the necessity of an enterprise seeking to draw together the best of contemporary progressive thought in order to provide the intellectual and emotional sustenance we need to survive this enormous contraction, […]

Image Credit: Duron Jackson, Bone Crusade. (2025). Courtesy of the artist.
Convergence / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

The Interlude

Until last week’s uprising, the quarantine had felt like living in an interlude, a present haunted by the potentiality of what seemed to be surely to come. Such interludes comprise the texture of living haunted by the imminent possibility of violence manifesting as confrontation or preventable death. Paraphrasing Zora Neale […]

Image Credit: John Fenton, Jazz Combo, (1965) n.a., etching and aquatint, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Donald Vogler, 1980.
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Entertainment / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

Frontline Blues and the Post-Rona Truth

There has always been enough blood money, mis-education and mass distraction in these dis-United States to erase any memory of catastrophe or atrocity that brought trauma or ethical contemplation to the surface of the national conversation. Problematic, because acknowledging such scar tissue might direct fealty away from the national religion—materialist […]

Image Credit: Gopal Dagnogo, Waiting for the Vote of the Wild Beast. (2015). Courtesy of the artist.
Convergence / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

From Pandemic to Pan-Demos?

For Kamau Brathwaite, in memoriam The word “apocalypse” is commonly equated with a cataclysmic world-ending, heralded by all manner of natural disasters from plagues to earthquakes and tempests, and marked by the violent deaths of multitudes. Yet its original meaning has to do with revelation, a laying bare of those […]

Image Credit: Mrs. Luce Ben Aben Arab School of Embroidery, Alger, Algeria, French colonial postcard, 1910s.
Convergence / International / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

Errata in retro-prospect

This essay is Part 1 of 2 installments by the author “Some few mistakes in printing are here remarked; please forgive us for these errors.” This is a common opening sentence for errata notes. Such a loose sheet of paper inserted into a publication is a common way of saying, […]

Image Credit: Stock Ticker, (1873), Thomas Alva Edison
Business / Convergence / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

Terminality–the Ticking

In its annual public ritual of announcing how close humanity is to self-destruction, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists convened the press in January 2020 to set the large hand of their iconic Doomsday Clock relative to the small hand which rests at midnight, waiting for the big hand to join […]

Image Credit: Susan Bee, Jacob's Ladder, (2019, 24" x 18", oil and enamel on linen). Courtesy of the artist.
Convergence / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

Heard Immunity

Sometimes as I wander loose among pangs and pongs of unsolicited remorse, I cast aside the bromides that shield my thoughts from a disease I fear I cannot shake casting stones across the waters of my losses as one drowning imagines shore.

Image Credit: Nicole Peyrafitte, KA Kingston (2019). Courtesy of the artist.
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

from: DIARY NOTES MARCH-MAY 2020

[….] A Shelter Is Not Necessarily An Island as title for something cogent right now comes to mind & brings to mind Eric Mottram’s 1971 book                         Shelter Island & The Remaining World             […]

Image Credit: Nicole Peyrafitte, KA Kingston JaunedOeuf (2020). Courtesy of the artist.
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

eye to the eye of the storm
a selection

unbearable witness i do not want to write these words_ escorted by flashing red and blue lights the long white truck an enormous hearse passes slowly down the street through the neighborhood no where to run or hide from its path the stare of its headlights a mark on each […]

Image Credit: Felandus Thames, Hottentot Marilyn in Blacklight. (2017),  47.75" x 48" x 4", Acrylic, enamel and glitter on canvas over panel. Courtesy of the artist.
Convergence / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

Mystic Speech in the Time of Catastrophe

Which modes of speaking, writing, and knowing resound more intimately and powerfully in times of catastrophe? From millenarian prophecy to elegy, one might imagine constructing something of a general typology of modes of speech that resonate around sites of the end. In what follows, I want to briefly dwell with […]