Architectures of Experience

conj68aI have said it before but it always holds true: when you subscribe to a publicatiion that only comes out twice a year, it’s always a surprise when that neatly packaged journal is found lurking in the mailbox. What is it? Who is it from? Zip open the cardboard container and realize that another six months have passed.

It’s Conjunctions #68: Inside Out: Architectures of Experience.

Here’s what the editor, Bradford Morrow, says about this issue:

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Sleights of Hand

Conjunctions 65For years I received my copy of the latest Conjunctions journal through the mail in a somewhat flimsy cardboard envelope barely thicker that the insert in a shirt just back from the laundry. Now it comes in a sleek corrugated pre-formed book mailer indistinguishable from a book that some Amazon warehouse robot used to zip me my requested copy of the current issue of JEF. I would say that the packaging is an improvement but more importantly, the contents of the Conjunctions contained inside is just as provocative and imaginative as anything that has gone before (even in the flimsy cardboard envelop).

Conjunctions is still published twice a year by Bard College with its long-time editor, Bradford Morrow. The current issue is #65 and is titled Sleights of Hand. The editor’s forward remarks are sufficient to get me interested; you?

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Sleights of Hand

ConjunctionsIt’s coming soon: Conjunctions 65, Sleights of Hand: The Deception Issue.

Here is what Bradford Morrow, the editor of Conjunctions, has to say about this issue:

People of every age and stripe dissimulate, bluff, and beguile, whether in order to harm or protect. The writer, the artist, the magician, the thief—deceivers all. Animals, too, are masters of deceit. Even the orchid employs a wonderfully varied arsenal of pollinator deceptions, luring bees and wasps with a false promise of nourishment or sex. And consider Marina Tsvetaeva, who appropriated from Pushkin the observation that “a deception that elevates us is dearer than a legion of low truths,” thus complicating the subject entirely. This special issue of Conjunctions gathers a wide spectrum of essays, fiction, and poetry on the classic subject of deception, exploring a world in which truth is a most fragile, elaborate, and mercurial thing. Continue reading

Conjunctions 62: Exile

conj62Spring 2014

Edited by Bradford Morrow

Few subjects are as rich, complex, and profound as exile. This is especially true if one allows its definition to venture beyond the political, religious, or cultural, so that it embraces the deeply personal, psychological, and emotional terrains in which individuals inhabit a place of self-exile, or even exile from sanity and surety.

From Africa to China, Pakistan to the Philippines, to locales that are not to be found on any map, this issue interrogates exile as both a literal expulsion or ostracism and, as Primo Levi has it, “the prevalence of the unreal over the real.”

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