Abstracts / 26 June 2015

Venice

by Beatrix Ost

“Love can be surprising. Love can be heartbreaking. Love can be an art. But love is the singular emotion that all humans rely on most ... and crave endlessly no matter what the cost ...” -Casanova Read more...

Abstracts / 9 June 2015

Nostalgia

by Beatrix Ost

Back then, we all, we being everyone, went to the grand opening nights of these fashion exhibits. Everybody was there decorating the crowd. Read more...

Abstracts / 1 June 2015

Gender Studies

by Beatrix Ost

There is a behind-the-scenes obsession, a starfuck with each other. Read more...

Abstracts / 20 May 2015

Chai

by Beatrix Ost

He is a king, really. He is terribly aware of it. Read more...

Abstracts / 11 May 2015

Nirbhaya

by Beatrix Ost

Beatrix Ost reacts to seeing the play Nirbhaya. Read more...

Abstracts / 4 May 2015

Uber

by Beatrix Ost

He is now driving fast, faster than the other cars. After we pass through a vehicular sickroom he has discovered a new land, the land of honey. Read more...

Abstracts / 21 April 2015

The Hoarder, XXXJ

by Beatrix Ost

I am a writer and would like to write you a long letter. But since you will not read it, the only thing that would make sense would be for me to read it to you. But that would make the letter obsolete. Read more...

Abstracts / 13 April 2015

Small Gestures

by Beatrix Ost

photography Valentina Ilardi Martin

And then Nature has endless gestures for us. We take them as givens but really they are gifts. Read more...

Abstracts / 7 April 2015

Coffee House

by Beatrix Ost

photography Valentina Ilardi Martin

When we arrived in New York in the 70s, it was denuded of cafès. My imagination panicked. Where does one meet friends, just to chat, to assemble in ordinariness, or to sit in Sunday silence with the paper? Read more...

Abstracts / 31 March 2015

Spring Awakening

by Beatrix Ost

I am in Prague. This is a northern spring. It comes hesitantly, beaten back too often by frost and a sudden, irascible snowfall. Read more...

Abstracts / 23 March 2015

Mother Tongue

by Beatrix Ost

He drives fast on the autobahn, 180 km/h, as if a fugitive. In his hurry we pass everyone. Read more...

Abstracts / 15 March 2015

The Scar

by Beatrix Ost

photography Spencer Ostrander

All cultural events come down to chemical changes in our cells, our neurons. All events leave mind-altering traces, and those are the changes in our consciousness. Read more...

Abstracts / 10 March 2015

Pinup

by Beatrix Ost

photography Casey Curry

Marilyn Monroe had a plan. She had to outmaneuver the other starlets. Her promiscuity was more businesslike. Read more...

Abstracts / 1.2

Social Issues: A Woman in Uniform

by Anonymous NYPD Officer

illustrator Anafelle Liu

Commissioned and written before the Grand Jury verdict and the NYPD officer killings, a supersmart female sergeant gives us her personal (and prescient) account of life inside the NYPD blues. Read more...

Abstracts / 27 July 2014

Forgive Me!

by Gabriele Tinti

photography Alessandro Simonetti

The poem tells the tragic story of boxer Billy Collins Jr.'s irregular defeat at the hands of Luis Resto, and the drama that Resto himself lives to this day, being refused any chance at redemption. Read more...

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 / 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 / 13 August 2013

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

by Brantly Martin

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 / 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...