Abstracts / Issue IX

Cobalt Blue

by Daniel Area Wakahisa

illustrator Zoe Taylor

Seven hours and fifteen days later, I woke up for a cigarette in a hospital somewhere near Céu do Juruá still feeling raped by God himself. Read more...

Abstracts / 13 November 2013

Alberto Nini von Khulo - The S.A.D. Interview (Part One)

by S.A.D.

A conversation between Installation Artist / Painter / Curator / Photographer / Video Essayist / Model and S.A.D. Ambassador, Alberto Nini von Khulo, and the Philosopher / Heiress / Gala Attendee / Model and S.A.D. Media Emoter at Large, Emanation En Haut Flaum. Read more...

Abstracts / 11 November 2013

Grey Dreams: "Beauty School Freakout"

by Erin Sheehy

photography Erin Sheehy

I remembered then the only perm I’d ever gotten: the stylist had threaded little stir straws through my curlers to hold them together, and I realized, in that moment, that all the factories in the world were colluding with each other. Read more...

Abstracts / 21 October 2013

Hanni El Khatib

by Iz Inferno

photography Giorgia Valli

In Arabic, a Khatib is “one who delivers the sermon.” Read more...

Abstracts / Issue IX

Snakes Bite

by Nnadubem G. Muoneke

illustrator Guglielmo Castelli

While keeping tabs on the Trayvon Martin trial, I couldn’t help but notice a rather disturbing fact: I never believed Mr. Zimmerman would be found guilty... Read more...

Abstracts / 7 October 2013

Grey Music: Fashion "Flow Pas"

by Iz Inferno

illustrator Guglielmo Castelli

"Fashion Thuggin" is a term I feel must be coined when I observe the ridiculousness of the modern emcee. Read more...

Abstracts / Issue IX

Don't Be A Follower

by Iz Inferno

illustrator Guglielmo Castelli

There is no “dislike” button to compromise the illusion of cyber superiority and to deflect attention from the ignorance being promoted. Read more...

Abstracts / Issue VIII

Grey Conspiracy: All Seeing Eye

by Daniel Area Wakahisa

illustrator Jenny Mörtsell

HAUSCH! A caboclo from Acre named Elves taught me this expression the Katukina use as a blessing during their ceremonies involving vast amounts of FDA disapproved substances. Read more...

Abstracts / Issue VIII

Grey Conspiracy: Qr Code Hypnosis

by Erin Sheehy

illustrator Rosie Roberts

You are getting very sleepy. Your eyelids are getting heavy. You are going down, down, down. When you close your eyes, do you notice the fireworks behind your eyelids... Read more...

Abstracts / Issue VIII

Grey Conspiracy: Peak Love

by Julian Gough

illustrator Rosie Roberts

America is totally dependent on love. She couldn't function without it. But she hasn’t been able to satisfy her own needs from her own resources since the 1970s. Increasingly, she is dependent on the love of others. Read more...

Abstracts / Issue VII

Grey Music: The Changing Tide

by Erin Sheehy

illustrator Rosie Roberts

There has been an unprecedented spate of country reissues this year, and while many of these contain familiar names, some small record labels have rekindled interest in country music’s true misfits, the people too bizarre to ever make it big themselves. Read more...

Abstracts / Issue VII

Grey Music: Los Lost

by Brantly Martin

illustrator Michael Salu

Last we saw the Mexican electronic music duo, Los Lost, they were staging their own kidnapping outside Juarez. Read more...

Abstracts / Issue II

Grey Suit

by Angelo Flaccavento

photography Cedric Bihr

I don’t get people who scout remote locations for rotten neckties, frame silk scarves to hang them on the wall and then religiously contemplate their findings. Read more...

Abstracts / Issue II

Lumen Et Umbra

by Daniel Area Wakahisa

photography David M. D'Ingeo

models Luisa Bianchini

Umbra, the blackest part of a shadow. A vocabulary of greying pages devoured by woodworms, agedamongst the pixels of our time, our last words. Read more...

Abstracts / Issue II

Number (N)ine

by Daniel Area Wakahisa

photography Peppe Tortora

realization Roxane Danset

Then there's this label who won't be showing this season nor the next, it's beat it's dust scattered across an old record, a coat hanging on the cross—breathless, an empty skin unzipped, a shadow on the wall reminiscing the silent poet, a divine number Read more...

Abstracts / Issue VI

Lost And Found

by Erin Sheehy

illustrator Rosie Roberts

The dead speak to me nearly every day. Sometimes one comes to me alone, other times a piercing chorus of female phantasms trails him, keening, and I am gutted, moved to the point of tears. Read more...

Abstracts / Issue VI

The President On The Rocks

by Aaron Ayscough

illustrator Rosie Roberts

I don’t mean overalls, although they are frowned upon at state funerals, depending on the state. I mean our presidents’ choice of presidential beverage. Read more...

Abstracts / Issue III

Grey Flannel: Seclusion, in a Bottle

by Angelo Flaccavento

illustrator Aurore de La Morinerie

I want to be a monk, trapped in a cellar lavishly upholstered in jacquard silk, paisley cashmere shawls thrown over brocade sofas, passementerie and tassels everywhere, decaying flowers in crystal vases, fragrant wood filling the air. Read more...

Abstracts / Issue V

A Look Inside the New York Public Library: An Interview with Jean Strouse

by Jean Strouse

photography Todd Hido

"During the 15 years it took me to research and write my second book, Morgan, American Financier, the computer and the Internet changed the lineaments of the universe. Read more...

Abstracts / Issue V

Syllogium [Hyperbolics] A Conceptual Proposal in Three Acts

by Nikola Gradinski

illustrator Nikola Gradinski

A blank page. The unimaginable and ungraspable emptiness of the void. The cool warmth of the sounds of nothingness resonate in beautiful harmonic complexity leading nowhere. Read more...

Abstracts / Issue V

Alien Iconography

by Michael Shermer

illustrator Zoe Taylor

Why should so many people—theists and atheists, theologians and scientists—believe in the existence of superior celestial beings? I contend that it is in the nature of our brains to believe in gods. Read more...

Abstracts / Issue IV

A Wine Is a Wine Is More than a Wine

by Aaron Ayscough

illustrator Aurore de La Morinerie

Gertrude Stein’s famous riff on the law of identity, “A rose is a rose is a rose,” begs for qualification like never before. Read more...

Abstracts / Issue IV

Exercises in Sartorial Deprivation

by Angelo Flaccavento

illustrator Florence Manlik

2-inch cuffs: do the math
and proceed accordingly.
Size matters.
Read more...

Abstracts / Issue IV

E21cE

by Marvin Terban

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

The English of the early twenty-first century is vastly different from any English ever spoken or written before, and some people are distressed by this. Not me. Read more...