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, and continue the work of overhauling our society. Although the A-Line was founded two years ago as a response to felt crisis, I believe we’d all agree that our current political order—home and beyond—has reached a not-to-be-doubted inflection point beyond which we can neither see, nor even guess. “Apocalypse Now and Then”—in its varied figurative and referential valence—lends its name to this timely issue that includes  essays, poems, and images taking up the many dimensions  of this national and global emergency— from the COVID-19 pandemic, to climate change, economic disaster, as well as the spectacle of violence and lawlessness at the highest levels of governance that currently defines US society.

Apocalypse Now and Then
Hortense J. Spillers

For all the tea in China, for all the oil in Texas
Rich Blint

Horseman No. 5
Nathan L. Grant

Dawn of Darkness
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

The Interlude
Anthony Reed

Frontline Blues and the Post-Rona Truth
Greg Tate

From Pandemic to Pan-Demos?
Christopher Winks

Errata in retro-prospect
Ariella Aïsha Azoulay

Terminality–the Ticking
Abou Farman

Heard Immunity
Charles Bernstein

Pierre Joris

eye to the eye of the storm
a selection
Gale Jackson

Mystic Speech in the Time of Catastrophe
Alex Dubilet

Earth Interregnum
Jesse Montgomery