Vol 3. No. 1

this mourning
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Politics / Vol 3. No. 1

this mourning

  star of Bethlehem open in profusion with the new moon a ground cover of small celestial flowers on this day when the faithful break their month-long fast   at long last the bones of our children have been returned to family and earth…   how could it be? almost […]

Indelible
Arts & Culture / Health / The Reading Room / Vol 3. No. 1

Indelible

The August sunset burnished the room. People swarming in costumes–tangerine scarf and ballooning teal trousers on one woman, another with some kind of free-form jewelry, like golden arms encircling her neck.  Men in suits and ties, younger ones in shirts with Beckett-styled hedged hair and Yeatsian rimmed glasses.  Polyglot chatter: […]

Image Credit: Ezperanza Cortes, La Dorada, (2017), 60" x 1," clay sculpture, gold plated brass beads. Courtesy of the artist.
Politics / The Reading Room / Vol 3. No. 1

Black Disfigurement and the American Hieroglyphics of Race

  Mom, I dedicate this to you. And then they had me, stripped me, battering my teeth into my throat till I swallowed my blood. My voice was drowned in the roar of their voices, and my black wet body slipped and rolled in their hands as they bound me […]

Blood Orange & Saint Augustine
Arts & Culture / Politics / Vol 3. No. 1

Blood Orange & Saint Augustine

As a cisgender, pasty-white man, I’m often buffered from reality. Worse still, I’ve cloistered myself away from contemporary life by becoming a scholar of medieval theology. But recently, like a revelation, Youtube’s algorithms have connected me with an enchanting music video by Blood Orange. This song, “Augustine,” is a sensual, […]

Donald Trump is Still a Threat to Our Democracy, and Artists Should Not Back Down
Arts & Culture / Dispatches / Politics / The Reading Room / Vol 3. No. 1

Donald Trump is Still a Threat to Our Democracy, and Artists Should Not Back Down

We all need a break. Despite the fact that the murder of George Floyd, among too many other Black Americans, jolted an important and overdue conversation about racial inequity to the forefront; we all felt drained from a year in which we lived through a deadly pandemic and an election […]