MAY ISSUE

The Administered World of Theodor Adorno: Essay --- Jeremy Brunger
Sing! O Bone: Essay — Julie Trimingham
Bad Sex: Fiction --- Jowita Bydlowska
Theory and Ardour: A Review of Alice Fulton's Barely Composed --- Patrick O'Reilly
My Struggle: Book Four | Novel Excerpt --- Karl Ove Knausgaard
A Kind of Freak, a Monster: A Review of Karl Ove Knausgaard's My Struggle: Book Four --- Jeff Bursey
Inquiring Spirit: My Friend, Jim Cerasoli (1938-2015) — Patrick J. Keane
Top of the Page in May | Essays & Translation --- Genese  Grill
If You Build It, They Will Come --- The May Issue Preview
The Administered World of Theodor Adorno: Essay --- Jeremy Brunger

The Administered World of Theodor Adorno: Essay — Jeremy Brunger

The nightmare of Adorno’s century has through our silent consent found a home in our own 21st, replete as it is with ever-increasing economic disparity, ever-decreasing historical literacy, fundamentalist religion become ascendant,…

Sing! O Bone: Essay — Julie Trimingham

Sing! O Bone: Essay — Julie Trimingham

An old man steals the Queen of the Night’s daughter. The queen finds her girl, and gives her a knife. The Queen, in her famously high aria, commands her daughter to stab the old lech to death. The name of this fancy, super-femme song is Hell’s Vengeance Boils in My Heart.

Bad Sex: Fiction --- Jowita Bydlowska

Bad Sex: Fiction — Jowita Bydlowska

On the last day I would ever see him, right after we fucked inside the Starbucks stall, we were crossing the street together, me ahead of him. A fast car came from out of nowhere, from around the corner and I lunged to escape getting hit.

Theory and Ardour: A Review of Alice Fulton's Barely Composed --- Patrick O'Reilly

Theory and Ardour: A Review of Alice Fulton’s Barely Composed — Patrick O’Reilly

The subject matter itself is often grim. And in their way, these lines can take on a bleak dimension of their own, a nihilistic push off the cliff of linguistic certainty. But silence, once it has been confronted, must be pushed out.

My Struggle: Book Four | Novel Excerpt --- Karl Ove Knausgaard

My Struggle: Book Four | Novel Excerpt — Karl Ove Knausgaard

Oh, this is the song about the young man who loves a young woman. Has he the right to use such a word as “love”? He knows nothing about life, he knows nothing about her, he knows nothing about himself.

A Kind of Freak, a Monster: A Review of Karl Ove Knausgaard's My Struggle: Book Four --- Jeff Bursey

A Kind of Freak, a Monster: A Review of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle: Book Four — Jeff Bursey

Knausgaard peels back his more youthful self’s skin to reveal confusion, desire, and ineptitude without once asking for pity.

Inquiring Spirit: My Friend, Jim Cerasoli (1938-2015) — Patrick J. Keane

Inquiring Spirit: My Friend, Jim Cerasoli (1938-2015) — Patrick J. Keane

Alex showed me something his father had inscribed on the library wall: “My improbable God: before Infinity, there is God; after Infinity, there is God.” If that’s not good enough to get into the “religious” cemetery, to hell with them.

Top of the Page in May | Essays & Translation --- Genese  Grill

Top of the Page in May | Essays & Translation — Genese Grill

Top of the Page for the month of May: Genese Grill, our resident Musil, Proust, and Modernism expert, currently riding a wave of publishing success with her translation of Robert Musil essays Thought Flights (Contra Mundum Press) to be launched May 10 in New York.

If You Build It, They Will Come --- The May Issue Preview

If You Build It, They Will Come — The May Issue Preview

Remember that Iowa baseball movie with Kevin Costner, Field of Dreams? And the tag line, “If you build it, they will come?” I think of that when I look at Numéro Cinq and see the kind of writer we get crowding the page these days. We built it and great writers are filling the park.

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