There is a line in Rilke’s “The Spanish Trilogy” — “…to make the Thing, Lord Lord Lord, the Thing” — that rings down through this amazing interview, NC Contributing Editor Nance Van Winckel with visual artist Lynda Lowe, an interview about art, making art, and the art of collaboration. All art is, yes, about making Things. We forget that sometimes. Expressing ourselves, making a point, sending a message, selling a line, finding a market, all take a back seat to the thingness of the Thing, its sudden and utter presence, sui generis and unique.
- The Object of the Object: Art & Interview with Lynda Lowe — Nance Van Winckel
- Let Us Imagine Lost Love: A Serial Novel | Part Four — Robert Day
- Frost at Dawn: Poem — William Olsen
- Strange Currency, Faulty Love: A Review of Irmgard Keun’s Gilgi — Adam Segal
- Sentences Are Like Home for Me, Even a Wilderness: Interview with Joseph McElroy — Jason DeYoung
- Uimhir a Cúig | On Being There and Not Being There; or Cotard’s Delusion, A Case Study: Text & Video — Kevin Barry & Louise Manifold
- Cairo: Novel Excerpt — Louis Armand
- Visual Thinking and Cognitive Exploration: Essay & Images — Paul Forte
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Let Us Imagine Lost Love is the long awaited follow-up to Robert Day’s wondrous and acclaimed first novel The Last Cattle Drive; it’s not a sequel, but in Let Us Imagine Lost Love, Day returns to his native Kansas, of which he is a wry, witty and affectionate observer. His narrator is a book designer, who loves the jargon and paraphernalia of his profession, a man without a wife but a string of Wednesday lovers, his “Plaza wives,” he calls them, and at his back a doting mother who made him memorize three new words a day as a boy.
Olsen’s poem plays with Coleridge’s poem starting with a brilliantly suspended first sentence that takes seven stanzas to come to an end as the poet takes us deeper and deeper beneath the surface of things, past regret and mother’s tears and “funereal vacuities” (more than a hint of humor here) to something that, in the end, is not Coleridge’s Stranger nor his God, rather something the poet cannot name or even choose to name.
This, then, is the real horror of love: not that it weakens our resolve or compels us to compromise our individual interests and ideals, but that it forces us to reconsider the commonplace notion that we are firm, consistent entities. The concept of a singular Gilgi, a young woman who is the same from day to day, or even from moment to moment, is revealed to be an illusion.
Uimhir a Cúig | On Being There and Not Being There; or Cotard’s Delusion, A Case Study: Text & Video — Kevin Barry & Louise Manifold
To launch our new special feature, Uimhir a Cúig, we have a video by the amazing and uncanny Galway artist Louise Manifold with text and voiceover from the massively celebrated Kevin Barry, winner of last year’s Dublin IMPAC International Literary Award for his novel The City of Bohane as well as the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Prize.
Louis Armand’s fiction saunters through the darkest underbelly of society, illuminating the forgotten and the discarded. His recent novel Breakfast at Midnight (2012) reads like a twisted, brilliantly savage acid noir: amid a decaying Prague, rechristened Kafkaville, a quasi-mystery unfurls through the addled mind of a nameless fugitive, a man looking to solve a murder and piece together his own history.
Paul Forte is a fascinating artist and thinker. “Visual Thinking and Cognitive Exploration” is a major essay on the theory and practice of Conceptual art, also a short history of the tradition, also a lesson on how to appreciate art, and also a Cook’s tour of Forte’s own amazing art (dwell on the images, meditate upon them).
Vol. IV, No. 10, October 2013
- Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Love at First Sight, or The Problem of Beginnings — R. W. Gray
- A Remark on October 21st 1999: Fiction — Ror Wolf
- Merry Fractals of Uncertainty | Review of Ror Wolf’s Two or Three Years Later: Forty-Nine Digressions — Richard Farrell
- Unhinged Articulation: Essay — Ralph Angel
- I Never Knew How To Thank You: Poems — Bunkong Tuon
- Night Work: Fiction — Robert Miner
- More Terrifying To Stay: A Review of D. W. Wilson’s Ballistics — Debra Martens
- Tell Her She Has Strong Legs: Fiction — Greg Gerke
- Waiting to Pounce: Review of Astragal by Albertine Sarrazin — Benjamin Woodard
- The Wind and the Clock: Poems — Betsy Sholl
- The Story Begins in Death: A Review of Javier Marias’ The Infatuations — Laura K. Warrell
- Undersung | Robert Francis, Not Robert Frost — Julie Larios
- The Dance of Entanglement: A Review of Marguerite Duras’ L’Amour — Natalia Sarkissian
- Let Us Imagine Lost Love: A Serial Novel | Part Two — Robert Day
- Mrs. Ragnetti and the Spider: Essay — Sydney Lea
- The Cloven Lychee Nut: Poems & Interview with Julie Bruck — Ann Ireland
- Numéro Cinq Does High Fashion: Masquerade in Milan — Natalia Sarkissian
- The Internet Is Trying to Kill You (Probably): Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge — Bruce Stone
- Excavation and Reconstruction: An Interview with Nance Van Winckel — Ross McMeekin
- The Dead White Male You Should Read: Three New Books on Borges — Tom Faure
Vol. IV, No. 11, November 2013
- Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Ryan McGinley’s “Varud,” Introduced by R. W. Gray
- Beauty & the Brothel of Illustration: An Impractical Guide to Making Art | Essay & Paintings — Stephen May
- Caves and The Void: Review of The Combover by Adrián N. Bravi — Natalie Helberg
- Borrowing Light from the Moon: Review of Urban Tumbleweed by Harryette Mullen — A. Anupama
- Everything Happens As It Does: Novel Excerpt — Albena Stambolova
- I Just Met A Gaze Named Maria: Review of Everything Happens As It Does by Albena Stambolova — Jacob Glover
- Charlie Tallulah: Fiction — Gerard Beirne
- The Fiery Alphabet: Novel Excerpt — Diane Lefer
- En Français | 10 ans, pas méchant: Fiction — André Marois
- Rik’s Fish: Fish Art & Mashups — Rik Nelson
- On Earth: Fiction — Victoria Redel
- Outside the Known Limit | Review of Victoria Redel’s Make Me Do Things — Richard Farrell
- Clare’s Fiddle: The John Clare Poems — Jordan Smith
- Let Us Imagine Lost Love: A Serial Novel | Part Three — Robert Day
- On Looking Into and Beyond the Wordsworths’ Daffodils: An Intrinsic and Contextual Reading | Patrick J. Keane
- The New Panopticon: A Review of Dave Eggers’ The Circle — Steven Axelrod
- Fame Is A Mask That Eats The Face: A Review of Salinger by David Shields & Shane Salerno — Timothy Dugdale
- Structure & Destruction: The Paintings of Tim Deverell — Interview by Y. M. Whelan