Abstracts / GREYBOOK Volume I

Die Wiege

by Jay Scheib

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

I HAVE THROWN AWAY MUCH AND SHOULDN’T OBSESS SO MUCH. Read more...

Abstracts / GREYBOOK Volume I

Timeline B.4

by Brantly Martin

photography Spencer Ostrander

A had conceded to consumption prior to meeting up with B, C & D: a little of this, a little of that. Read more...

Poetry / GREYBOOK Volume I

two poems by Noah Feldman

by Noah Feldman

illustrator Anafelle Liu

Run to the front of the bier.
Recite the shahada.
Fall back.
Repeat.
Read more...

Poetry / GREYBOOK Volume I

The End

by MC Hyland

illustrator Anafelle Liu

No more B train forever amen. Why not wash the vegetables in chemical stabilizers. Upstate Manhattan. Walking your poetics. Read more...

Poetry / GREYBOOK Volume I

Two Poems by Seungja Choi

by Seungja Choi

illustrator Anafelle Liu

Two Poems by Seungja Choi
Translated from the Korean by Cathy Park Hong and Won-Chung Kim Read more...

Abstracts / 1.4

Filling In A Form

by Julian Gough

illustrator Clément Louis

The only work of any kind that I’ve done voluntarily, and regularly, over the years, has been chiefly related to helping women achieve orgasm. Read more...

Poetry / Issue IX

PAENO'S CURVE

by Ersi Sotiropoulos

photography Daniel Area Wakahisa

the name of a poem is born somewhat differently
Peano’s curve may not be
said he
Read more...

Poetry / Issue IX

Under The Awning

by Ersi Sotiropoulos

photography Daniel Area Wakahisa

“Why do they sleep so much?” she asks. The daughter explains that it’s Ramadan. Read more...

Poetry / Issue IX

Four Poems by Samuel Selinger

by Samuel Selinger

photography Daniel Area Wakahisa

This was everything I believed.
I am not a religious man,
Read more...

Poetry / Issue IX

From The White Men Psalmody

by Maureen N. McLane

photography Peppe Tortora

For white men are recent
For white men have no ancestors they acknowledge
For white men touch anything but claim they are selective
For white men always tell the truth Read more...

Abstracts / 1.3

Music: Chinawoman

by Aaron Ayscough

photography Vito Fernicola

realization Mariaelena Morelli

Things change
You live your life for the stage
Till your kidney floats away
Throw in a car accident Read more...

Abstracts / 1.1

FOOD: Grey Delights

illustrator Jessica Roux

realization GREYHOUSE

The time has come for a culinary intermission with three favorite recipes tested and approved by the buongustai who work at Grey. If Dior worked best in bed, our family prefers Valentina’s kitchen. Read more...

Abstracts / 1.1

Music: Wilson Audio

by Monika Norwid

photography Aimee Brodeur

Several feet ahead, a pair of angular objects the size of baby dinosaurs or sports cars tipped on their tails peers down at you. Read more...

Poetry / Issue X

Two Poems by William Corbett

by William Corbett

photography Daniel Area Wakahisa

I was thirty
I wore a suit
Left over from college
I stood to deliver
Read more...

Abstracts / 1.2

MUSIC: Lydia Ainsworth

by Monika Norwid

photography Gregory Aune

realization Valentina Ilardi Martin

Lydia Ainsworth and the Williamsburg Bridge met over a year ago. Read more...

Abstracts / 1.2

Music: Blackbird Guitars

by Monika Norwid

artist Airyka Rockefeller

This article is for everyone who’s never played guitar. Hey—maybe you’ve never played ANY instrument in your life. Read more...

Abstracts / 29 August 2015

Truth Disarms Philosophy of a Metal Frog

by Beatrix Ost

I know her from other train rides, this conductor. She is the Prime Minister of the Business Class Department. She has her parliamentary seat right on the left as you enter. To rest a little and to oversee her charges. Read more...

Poetry / Issue IX

White Nights at The Vatican

by Ersi Sotiropoulos

photography Daniel Area Wakahisa

I am the slave of love. This keeps me awake at night. When it all began, last summer, I was about to go away on holiday. Read more...

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...

Fiction / Issue X

1776

by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

illustrator Guglielmo Castelli

The top of the new tower’s just gone up and I have to try it out, so I descend down slowly onto the tip of its spire. Read more...

Poetry / Issue X

Surveil Villanelle

by Ange Mlinko

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

A washed dollar comes up pale fuchsia, like a spoonbill.
In these parts, fuchsia blooms without hoopla
but its radial symmetry keeps the whirlpool close.
Read more...

Poetry / Issue X

The Coldest Mother

by Fanny Howe

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

I can only follow one stone through
To its interior: and I do.
An amethyst from Achill.
The stone is transparent violet.
Read more...

Poetry / Issue X

Three Poems by Meghan O'Rourke

by Megan O'Rourke

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

Our fears are often irrational.
One hot afternoon, I toured the old prison for POWs.
(In this desert there are no people, only facilities for holding them.)
One doesn’t think of the Underworld as being bright.
Read more...

Poetry / Issue X

Two Poems by Devin Johnston

by Devin Johnston

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

An oval fob of brass,
key still attached,
surfaced in a shop on Cherokee
and now rests atop my desk
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...

Poetry / Issue IX

Attach To A Place

by August Kleinzahler

illustrator Rosie Roberts

Attach to a place
It attaches to you
Read more...

Poetry / Issue IX

The Idea of Order

by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

illustrator Rosie Roberts

A Hawaiian shirt over a bulletproof vest,
Slumped in a beach chair, its back to the ocean.
Read more...

Poetry / Issue IX

Four Poems - Robert Travers

by Robert Travers

illustrator Rosie Roberts

For casks of mixed Dutch grog, a chunk of secant,
wampum, changed hard hands dirty with want.
Read more...

Poetry / Issue IX

Where Not to Put Things

by Daisy Fried

illustrator Rosie Roberts

Failed poems about sex, ball of yarn
twists from pink to green
Read more...

Fiction / 9 December 2013

Down South

by Erin Sheehy

photography Erin Sheehy

Up ahead I could see a concrete fortress illuminated with a large neon sign that looked like a rising sun or a fan of cards. Read more...

Fiction / Issue IX

Dichteralbträume: "Scorn"

by Antonio Fian

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

...throughout the reading I had failed to notice he was there—my father was standing in front of me. 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...

Fiction / 11 November 2013

Paint The Bride Update: Messenger in Lavender

by Aaron Akira

illustrator Simon Pemberton

His destination was the Portuguese King John’s winter court at Estremoz, just under three days’ journey from Lisbon on horseback. Read more...

Fiction / Issue IX

Dichteralbträume: "The Aqueous Body"

by Antonio Fian

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

She was pleased she had succeeded in deceiving the media and pretending her aqueous body was her main one, allowing the former to be buried at Vienna’s Central Cemetery Read more...

Fiction / 25 October 2013

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh - BRIEF ENCOUNTERS WITH THE ENEMY

by Brantly Martin

photography Giorgia Valli

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh discusses his new book, BRIEF ENCOUNTERS WITH THE ENEMY. 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...

Fiction / Grey Tales

He'll Be Back - Episode Four Excerpt

artist Michael Salu

Even the many honest travelers that have visited you,
looking to tell your story through their words and pictures,
bring back lenses foggy with misinterpretation. Read more...

Fiction / Issue IX

Dichteralbträume: "Title"

by Antonio Fian

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

Seeing the actor and stand-up comedian Josef Hader in the Café Rathaus I nodded a quick hello and headed for another table as I knew he couldn’t stand being disturbed in the café. Read more...

Fiction / Issue IX

Dichteralbträume: "Burial"

by Antonio Fian

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

...and explained that in accordance with the stipulations of their confession—this seemed to be a very unusual variation on the Jewish religion—false teeth must first be removed from the mouth 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...

Fiction / Issue IX

Dichteralbträume: "Background Music"

by Antonio Fian

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

Die Lesung in der mir unbekannten Kleinstadt im Salzburgischen begann nicht, wie ich angenommen hatte, am Abend 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...

Fiction / Issue IX

Dichteralbträume: "Interned"

by Antonio Fian

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

I saw a documentary on television about two famous intellectuals, an architect/philosopher couple—they were not named—who were persecuted under the Nazis. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VIII

He'll Be Back - Pilot Episode thru Episode Three

artist Michael Salu

He'll Be Back (Fragments) is an original series by Michael Salu.
New episodes will be released in GREY TALES, out this Fall, and on our website. Read more...

Poetry / Issue VIII

Ausiàs March’s Poema LXXXI

by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

illustrator Guglielmo Castelli

Like someone who sees himself close to death,
Stuck midst quizzed weathers and perilous seas,
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...

Poetry / Issue VIII

December 6, 2012

by Ariana Reines

illustrator Guglielmo Castelli

Vagina mouths and sphincter hearts of the cruel or the self-denying Read more...

Poetry / Issue VIII

Model Train

by Frederick Seidel

illustrator Guglielmo Castelli

One sticks it in the other.
One is probably a mother.
Read more...

Poetry / Issue VIII

As Two On A Battlefield

by Desiree Mitton

illustrator Guglielmo Castelli

do you know what shape this
I want to say appears?
Read more...

Poetry / Issue VIII

The Menace

by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

illustrator Guglielmo Castelli

See the world as a problem to be solved.
See the world as a problem to be loved.
Read more...

Poetry / Issue VIII

Make Yourself Happy

by Eleni Sikelianos

illustrator Guglielmo Castelli

Tomorrow we’ll learn all the things to undo in the Making Ourselves
Happy school. First, the hero never moves towards death.
Read more...

Poetry / Issue VIII

Four Poems by Rae Armantrout

by Rae Armantrout

illustrator Guglielmo Castelli

She ripped a feather
from her tail
and placed it in the nest. 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...

Fiction / 22 April 2013

Land of Tsars, Part 2

by Cheryl Cardiff

illustrator Carolina Melis

They were all that they had left in a neighborhood of rubble and dead children. Eva laid down beside him and hugged him tightly to her as if she were assuring herself that he at least was still there. Not a phantasm, but alive and of real flesh. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VIII

Land of Tsars, Part 1

by Cheryl Cardiff

illustrator Carolina Melis

“After the Second World War, no one thought that the Katharinenpalast could ever be resurrected to its old glory after the Germans plundered and destroyed it . . .” Read more...

Fiction / Issue VIII

Better Living Through Destiny

by Miss Rosen

illustrator Carolina Melis

You see, I never wanted one until I wanted his because up until that moment I had it in my head that sex equals death. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VIII

His Poison

by Rhiannon Connelly

illustrator Carolina Melis

She sobbed at the word AIDS. She crumpled like a paper doll onto the bed. He tried to comfort her, with his spider fingers trying to pull her into an embrace. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VIII

Bellwether

by Monica Bautista

illustrator Carolina Melis

I watch sullenly as he packs his bags, silently cursing the name I had been given all those years ago. No matter how far my life is from Sylvia Plath’s, do I really have to be cursed by my namesake’s fate? Read more...

Fiction / Issue VII

Four One Page Plays by Julian Gough

by Julian Gough

illustrator Sabrina Mansouri

A TAXI appears. EINSTEIN gets in, followed by NEWTON. The taxi does not move. A projection flashes images past the window. NEWTON stares out the window. EINSTEIN ignores the projections and plays the violin. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VII

As The Pre-Teen Downing Planes

by Brantly Martin

illustrator Simon Pemberton

La Signorina Sash—Xanax beginning to Walt Clyde Frazier—asks Dad why they can’t take the 7 train to Citi Field like normal people. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VII

As The Heiress To Flight

by Brantly Martin

illustrator Zoe Taylor

La Signorina Sash launches the remains of her mother to the next moon and flies for the first time. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VII

As The Woman Who Raised

by Brantly Martin

illustrator Guglielmo Castelli

La Signorina Sash withdraws for sixteen years and hones Darignan witchcraft. 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...

Fiction / Issue VII

God Save The Coupons

by Aaron Akira

illustrator Carolina Melis

Among a select circle of critics, it’s often repeated that no one who ever heard a Coupons record ever forgot it, except the members of The Coupons themselves. Read more...

Poetry / Issue IV

Avoidance

by Billy Collins

illustrator Florence Manlik

When I spotted him on the street
walking ahead of me with that same woman,
Read more...

Fiction / Issue III

Quiet Time

by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

illustrator Paula Castro

And because these two observations came one right after the other, and because they came right after Thomas Smith had moved to the city, he would forever link attractive sophistication with abject isolation. Read more...

Poetry / Issue II

To One In Parma

by Maureen N. McLane

illustrator Florence Manlik

The privilege
of even being
provincial,
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...

Fiction / Issue III

Piano

by Finn Egan

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

My deliverer has returned to the frame. Her Ruiz-Tagle stare is now hidden behind blind blue eyes and assuaged viole(n)t lips. She is without questions or offers or whispers. The window that faces west has gone black. 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...

Fiction / Issue VI

Grey Film: Gospel of a Small Town

by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

illustrator Michael Salu

Johnny is eighteen and doesn’t have any skills except for an uncanny ability to recite the Gospel According to John from memory. Because of this he is sometimes paid to attend religious gatherings to wow the congregation. 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...

Poetry / Issue IV

Because I have No Hope

by Guido Cavalcanti

illustrator Florence Manlik

Because I have no hope of ever going back,
little song, to Tuscany
Read more...

Fiction / Issue VI

Grey Film: Lttlslr

by Angelo Flaccavento

illustrator Diego Soprana

LTTLSLR is a biography in fragments The movie opens in blinding white. A masculine voice says off screen, “The body is a battleground.” The screen progressively fades to silver. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VI

Grey Film: 4 Mice

by Brantly Martin

illustrator Guglielmo Castelli

Mom and Dad, passed out drunk and oblivious, find their youngest daughter bloodied and bald in the morning. She’s cut, then shaved, her hair. Her fear of mice never goes away, even with the counseling. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VI

Grey Film: The Gondolier

by Aaron Akira

illustrator Sam Wolfe Connelly

Gaetano Jr. fancies his father was the assassin, despite knowing that the assassin was a man named Bresci who had lived in Paterson, New Jersey. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VI

Grey Film: Zombie Cars

by James Sallis

illustrator Kagan McLeod

Rumors begin to circulate, then “unconfirmed reports” by media: old cars and trucks are rising up from the ground and from wrecking yards like zombies of old, Read more...

Fiction / Issue VI

Grey Film: Sonnenkind

by Antonio Fian

illustrator Jenny Mörtsell

Mexico 1996: Judith and Alexander, a European couple in their mid-twenties, are preparing to photograph the imminent total eclipse of the sun when Judith is bitten by a snake. Read more...

Poetry / Issue IV

Terran Life

by Maureen N. McLane

photography Katsuhiko Kimura

The era of common sense is over
& finished too the flourishing of horoscopes.
Hey traveler what chart to sign your way? what iPhone app?
Read more...

Poetry / Issue IV

Bedfellows

by Billy Collins

illustrator Florence Manlik

Nor can I picture Dolly Parton
in the same room with Fanny Brawne
though the names Dolly and Fanny
sound equally erotic to my cocked ear.
Read more...

Fiction / Issue IV

Cloud Face

by Penny Simpson

illustrator Aurore de La Morinerie

Who'd have thought my nose would get me places? It tilts towards my eyebrows, as if there's a bad smell under it, but painter man Lutma approves. He draws himself in the mirror all the time, pulling his face around like an idiot. Read more...

Fiction / Issue IV

The Boa Knife

by Daniel Area Wakahisa

illustrator Zoe Taylor

The waiting in line continued for hours. There were hundreds waiting for their turn in the corridors and out on the streets. Desencarnados of all breeds, all sick one way or another, in their bodies and inside their heads. 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...

Fiction / Issue V

National Anthem Entries

by Brantly Martin

illustrator Michael Salu

To give in or to give in? Yes. Manner of surrender? Completely. From which rationalization? To be determined. Read more...

Fiction / Issue V

Certain Facts About The Pantheon

by Aaron Akira

illustrator Michael Salu

In Roma we set aside an afternoon to write postcards to everyone we have ever loved. The gentleman at the ufficio postale informs us that addresses in the hereafter can indeed be reached, but the postage is molto caro. Read more...

Fiction / Issue V

Tarkovsky's Barney

by Julian Gough

illustrator Kagan McLeod

The recent discovery of Tarkovsky’s “lost diary” has thrown a new light on their struggle to create what eventually became a globally recognized triumph of Western culture. Read more...

Fiction / Issue V

On Earth

by David Albahari

illustrator Julie Verhoeven

Eli raised his leg and caught sight of Earth. It was smaller than he'd thought it would be, no bigger than a marble, though shinier and more colorful. "Terra," he whispered, "terra nostra." 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...

Poetry / Issue V

Beethoven – Black or White?

by JM Parham

illustrator Rosie Roberts

And her long white dress embroidered
With buds and leaves and thorny stems
And secret roots and blooms of roses
In her house above the Thames Read more...

Fiction / Issue IV

Träumen Ist Ein Einsames Geschäft

by Antonio Fian

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

He had been hurled out of the vehicle then hit by a piece of the wreckage; a strip of fender had split off and shot through his lower back with such momentum that a sliver of metal was sticking out of his belly. Read more...

Fiction / Issue V

The Opening

by JP Vallieres

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

We saw it as we were approaching—it was that much wider. Three inches at least, and deep. We stuck our hands in as far as they could go and got a little freaked out and excited about what it all could mean. Read more...

Fiction / Issue IV

“I’m The Guy Who Wrote The Wild Bunch”

by Julian Gough

illustrator Jenny Mörtsell

So what's this film about, Mr Peckinpah, I asked him. It's about a bunch of killers, hiding out in the hills in Mexico, he says. And I don't want them prettied up, mind. Read more...

Poetry / 28 March 2012

Broadcasting

by Mark DeCarteret

illustrator Florence Manlik

When that cold enters the room again,
stupefied, half-consumed with blue—
an intruder that has come to be all
too familiar with the layout of our brains, Read more...

Fiction / Issue III

Apologies to Joe

by Brantly Martin

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

I’m on my fourth Peroni at Caffé della Pace on Via della Pace staring at Chiesa della Pace. I feel no peace and have never been more certain that my life is one operatic monument to Displaced Choice. 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.
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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...

Poetry / Issue IV

Superhuman Talents

by Gary Soto

illustrator Florence Manlik

How do I do it? Exercise is the key.
You build up a big wind from running in circles,
But in the end yo have to give it all back
To the Big Sky.
Read more...