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Tag: Arts in the Time of Quarantine

Virology is often confused with the invisible workings of capital.

Mark Bould

When Celes Tisdale led poetry workshops at Attica State Prison, soon after the 1971 uprising, some of the prisoners were still recovering from gunshots.

Mark Nowak

In a wrenching dialogue, a man searches for human connection, even as he recalls childhood abuse. Translated from the French by Amanda DeMarco.

Abdellah Taïa
“Pinch off fist-sized balls and roll these into flat circles. Circles you turned in the morning of the coup.” Short Story
Noel Cheruto
“'I felt no hunger but the habit of food struck me intensely. My nightgown was grubby and torn. My limbs were scraped, spotted with yellow bruises, but I felt no pain.” Short Story
Theo Costantino
An aging Nigerian bus park preacher dreams of her own church, or even just a shiny megaphone, when she finds herself cut off from her congregation. Short Story
Kechi Nomu
On being awestruck by literature, and the necessary pleasures of intimacy—near and remote—during quarantine.
Peter Coviello

Two

Two orphans, who believe they are too old to ever be adopted, get a surprise chance. Translated from the Hebrew by Yaron RegevShort Story
Sagit Emet

A man seeks intimacy during a time of crisis. 

Samuel R. Delany

When bees around the world exhibit a frightening new behavior, a researcher takes comfort in a familiar hive. Short Story

JR Fenn
Years after an extinction event nearly wiped out humanity, a team of scientists search Venezuela for signs of life and evidence of what caused the tragedy. Short Story
Mike McClelland
Beating cancer should be the biggest challenge in his life, not trying to catch a cab in Manhattan. Short Story
Alejandro Varela
In a lost tale of Casanova, the citizens of a country at the center of the Earth must give up their home—and their women—to colonizers. Short Story
Maria Dahvana Headley

An aging AI researcher, alone with her robot companion, must make a difficult decision when the android begins to malfunction. Short Story

Sumudu Samarawickrama
Stuck in an apartment with his ex-boyfriend, a man meets with the government agent who will decide whether the couple has really broken up. Short Story
Jack Gain
In the aftermath of a flu pandemic that kills most of the population, a survivor, barricaded in Alaska, remembers her life while contemplating a grisly choice. Short Story
Maureen F. McHugh

Can the nation-state serve social justice?

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò leads a forum with Thea Riofrancos, Mariame Kaba & Andrea Ritchie, Ishac Diwan & Bright Simons, and others. Plus Leila Farsakh on Palestinian statehood, Astra Taylor and Leah Hunt-Hendrix on a “solidarity state,” Joshua Craze on rule by militia, and much more. 

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