FEBRUARY ISSUE

Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Beauty, Travel, and Death in Paolo Sorrentino's "The Great Beauty"
In the Orbit of Venus: A Review of Jay Rogoff's Venera — Mary Kathryn Jablonski
Her Mother's Keeper: A Review of Susan Paddon's Two Tragedies in 429 Breaths — Patrick O'Reilly
Uimhir a Cúig | Winter With Catherine: Poems --- Thomas McCarthy
River, Stars, and Blessed Failure: Brief Essays --- Sydney Lea
Triangulations from the Diaspora: Childhood --- Dao Strom
When Is A Good Time to Think About Death? | Essay --- Lawrence Sutin
The Pope, Charlie Hebdo, and Islamist Terrorism --- Patrick J. Keane
Detective Nicky Carruthers is Dead: Play --- Bradd Allen Saunders
How the Laughter of the Nation Led to the Pitiable Deaths of Claudia and Francisco Cordoba’s Ten Children: Fiction --- Ian Colford
Essay as Not Knowing: A Review of Loitering by  Charles D'Ambrosio --- Melissa Matthewson
How The Blind Dog Perceived Human Sadness: Poems --- Robert Wrigley
Ethics and Aesthetics are One: The Earnestness of High Modernism in Wittgenstein and Musil --- Genese Grill
A Lost Bridge Between Now and the Past: An Interview with Ondjaki --- Benjamin Woodard
On My Death Bed With My Spam Filter: Music & Words --- Tom Faure
Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Beauty, Travel, and Death in Paolo Sorrentino's "The Great Beauty"

Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Beauty, Travel, and Death in Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty”

Other deaths string along from the first tourist death, accompanying Jep’s searching travels: the offstage death of Jep’s love from his youth; the dancer who dies, almost as an afterthought; the suicide of the tormented son…

In the Orbit of Venus: A Review of Jay Rogoff's Venera — Mary Kathryn Jablonski

In the Orbit of Venus: A Review of Jay Rogoff’s Venera — Mary Kathryn Jablonski

…a book of love poems with a capital L. Yes, lover to lover, parents and children, but also love of – and honor, respect and compassion for – the earth and all it contains: art, music, birdsong, poetry. Love of the spiritual too – life itself, including birth and death.

Her Mother's Keeper: A Review of Susan Paddon's Two Tragedies in 429 Breaths — Patrick O'Reilly

Her Mother’s Keeper: A Review of Susan Paddon’s Two Tragedies in 429 Breaths — Patrick O’Reilly

This is a reminder that it’s foolhardy to demand like-ability or noble stoicism from our narrators, because one of the strengths of this book is Paddon’s depiction of Susan’s growth from a figure of self-pity, to one who is both sympathetic and sympathizing.

Uimhir a Cúig | Winter With Catherine: Poems --- Thomas McCarthy

Uimhir a Cúig | Winter With Catherine: Poems — Thomas McCarthy

Here on the writing desk of the earth / The sun goes down quickly at ink level. / Soon the stony outcrop will be a blob / Of light blue and the sky will be pale / As the tissue rises. Is it time to go in / Or is it time to go outside? Only time // Will tell me how the levels rise – / Phrases cluster on the sunlit page…

River, Stars, and Blessed Failure: Brief Essays --- Sydney Lea

River, Stars, and Blessed Failure: Brief Essays — Sydney Lea

Now, from the plot she’s just bought, my wife sweeps an arm at the view again: looming above all else, there’s our favorite mountain to eastward, purple with May but still holding snow at the summit. An eagle appears before it as if the woman had willed it there, the bird’s reflection…

Triangulations from the Diaspora: Childhood --- Dao Strom

Triangulations from the Diaspora: Childhood — Dao Strom

When my mother and her colleagues arrived at this stretch of road — the first members of the press on the scene after the bodies had lain untended for two hours — they dubbed it “The Street of Horror.” My parents were lovers at the time… (Dao Strom)

When Is A Good Time to Think About Death? | Essay --- Lawrence Sutin

When Is A Good Time to Think About Death? | Essay — Lawrence Sutin

…Our souls would have no idea if they were staying or going as death happened, they would have expected us to have thought about that but we haven’t, not clearly, nothing we have ever thought about seems to answer to this death we will find ourselves dying…

The Pope, Charlie Hebdo, and Islamist Terrorism --- Patrick J. Keane

The Pope, Charlie Hebdo, and Islamist Terrorism — Patrick J. Keane

In fact, he said, “to kill in the name of God is an absurdity.” Perhaps; but we also know that, absurd or not, killing in the name of God accounts for many of the more irrational streams of blood staining what Hegel famously called the “slaughter-bench” of history. (Patrick J. Keane)

Detective Nicky Carruthers is Dead: Play --- Bradd Allen Saunders

Detective Nicky Carruthers is Dead: Play — Bradd Allen Saunders

…You cannot be in two places at one time you asshole! / CARILLO: What if I was standin’ on the border and had one foot in California and the other in Arizona? / CARGNISCENTI: You would still be in the U.S., Carillo. / CARILLO: What if I had one foot in California and the other in Mexico?

How the Laughter of the Nation Led to the Pitiable Deaths of Claudia and Francisco Cordoba’s Ten Children: Fiction --- Ian Colford

How the Laughter of the Nation Led to the Pitiable Deaths of Claudia and Francisco Cordoba’s Ten Children: Fiction — Ian Colford

“The waste,” Egberto commented, shaking his head. “Imagine the waste.” Francisco nodded, knowing, after all, more about waste than anyone could ever imagine.

Essay as Not Knowing: A Review of Loitering by  Charles D'Ambrosio --- Melissa Matthewson

Essay as Not Knowing: A Review of Loitering by Charles D’Ambrosio — Melissa Matthewson

D’Ambrosio has led us into a new sphere of understanding—that of our intimate human connections and what binds us together, all through intelligent narrative, or what he calls “scrappy incondite essays.” But the essays here are anything but scrappy…

How The Blind Dog Perceived Human Sadness: Poems --- Robert Wrigley

How The Blind Dog Perceived Human Sadness: Poems — Robert Wrigley

[How The Blind Dog Perceived Human Sadness] / was a mystery no less than her willingness / to attend to it. The way she nuzzled a hand, / so that it might be extended to her and washed clean // of whatever it was that afflicted it…

Ethics and Aesthetics are One: The Earnestness of High Modernism in Wittgenstein and Musil --- Genese Grill

Ethics and Aesthetics are One: The Earnestness of High Modernism in Wittgenstein and Musil — Genese Grill

All philosophical theories are rooted in pictures (metaphors); and every already-known picture must be continually uprooted by the introduction of a new picture, a new metaphor… (Genese Grill)

A Lost Bridge Between Now and the Past: An Interview with Ondjaki --- Benjamin Woodard

A Lost Bridge Between Now and the Past: An Interview with Ondjaki — Benjamin Woodard

…too many voices, too many airplanes. So lately airports are strange places for me. They make me sad, especially when I am returning from any place I call home. Luanda is still home for me. It’s a place that stays inside, though I’m not sure if it’s still the real Luanda.

On My Death Bed With My Spam Filter: Music & Words --- Tom Faure

On My Death Bed With My Spam Filter: Music & Words — Tom Faure

Tom Faure is a witty, mordant satirist and a practitioner of the hybrid (dark) arts. He brilliantly combines silent movie dialogue cards, a selection from his spam filter and his own words and music to create a parody of every stern deathbed scene ever written, a death manifesto that will make you smile.

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