Issue 2.1

  • Introduction: Issue 2.1

    "... will always be a place for writers like those featured in issue 2.1: the wilderness criers, the samizdat inkers, the wild ones, the gonzos, the roughs, the crazy outliers, the bat-shit crazies, and those, most of all, who want to breathe aesthetic fire and piss whiskey on the ashes of Random House with the ghost of Bill Faulkner. In short, will always be a place for undomesticated writers, and the future belongs to us."

  • from Vital Fluid

    Vital Fluid brings Philip the Deacon into the twenty-first century where he battles his transmigrationally-entangled nemesis Simon Magus in a series of increasingly bizarre performances across the United States.

  • from Mothers

    Presented in three ostensibly autonomous parts, Mothers challenges the lines that separate narrative fiction and documentary reportage. The script is illustrated with a series of production stills from the 2010 film.

  • from Out of the Box

    Out of the Box braids together the stories of five black, HIV-positive women as they battle a range of emotions under the leadership of a support group leader.

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    "Considero la escritura como registro de las potencias de los cuerpos, genitoras de posibles contra los modos seriados de producción de subjetividad que se inscriben sobre ellos y los despotizan." ("I consider writing to be a registry of the power of bodies, generators of potential liberation against the production of serial subjectivity and despotism that fall upon and envelop them.")

  • On Milcho Manchevski’s Mothers (2011)

    The writer/director of Before the Rain (1994) recently premiered his latest film(script) at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival.

Special Section: "Cryptotexts"

  • Introduction – Cryptotexts

    Featuring a list of resources that includes the Beinecke Library's Voynich manuscript pages.

  • On the Codex Seraphinianus

    "Abiding by the Cartesian dictate that even the most fabulous inventions are mixtures of known things in the world, Serafini's innovations are hybridizations of actual botanical, zoological, mechanical, and human elements sewn together in a fantastic weave of rainbow-hued creativity." (Features a selection of images from Luigi Serafini's Codex Seraphinianus.)

  • Codex Seraphinianus: Hallucinatory Encyclopedia

    "What we would get from a decoded Codex would be nothing more than the pleasure of "getting it" -- that is, cracking a code. If you are a cryptographer, that pleasure will top all others. But ... there is also a pleasure in not getting it. As long as the Codex is not pinned down ... it offers itself as an endless source of speculation about its nature vis-à-vis more orthodox encyclopedias, more familiar worlds."

  • Timothy Ely
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    "Blending his own brand of asemic 'cribriform' writing with illustrations and decadent, tactile elements, [Ely's work reads] like engineering texts from a distant exoplanet (or some other Myst-like civilization that has created advanced technology from minimally-synthesized, human-scale elements)."

  • Michael Jacobson Interview
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    "I start my novels at the semantic beach, where meaningful and meaningless language converge. I'm particularly interested in exploring the moment when a simple line on a page begins to have meaning, when the content of a gesture is sufficient to scream, 'I exist!'"