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“On the heels of a week-long tour of the Midwest, we present the fourth issue of LETTERS , our anti-political communist journal. Issue four includes a beautifully illustrated journal as well as a literary supplement, both printed and bound by our friends at Eberhardt Press. The journal and the supplement are presented in a screen-printed envelope.
In the journal, we explore topics outside of the usual focus of communist analysis: fate, friendship, theology, and being. The supplement features original poetry and fiction, as well as literary discussion, a film script, and interviews with novelist Horacio Castellanos Moya and translator Tim Wilkinson. As with previous issues, we present installments from the novel The Unseen.
From the introduction:
The first sin of the pro-revolutionary is to frame everything on a scale inversely proportionate to her significance. As she becomes more insignificant, her vision grows in grandeur. The whole of history is flowing towards her, however slowly, however imperceptibly. She waits to shoot down the partridges that do not come. As she waits, she speaks of the coming partridges as if their coming was like the expected arrival of a clown to a child’s party, not the Mashiach to the world. She waits and speaks, never taking an account of herself, devoted, as ever, for such a short time.
Another world does not exist anymore; nor the movement; nor the community. The young can say: when the movement is there pretend it is not there, and when it’s not there, pretend it is. And so we move and pretend and move to pretend, tracing our outlines in the street as detectives to our own disappearances. It’s still OK to leave. It’s still OK to stay. That much hasn’t changed. I remain with nothing and nothing but so much to say. In the absence and weight of absent community I write what I cannot speak, trace maps where I cannot walk, cutting flesh of imaginary enemies.
Arguments: parts 1 and 2
Fate: parts 1, 2, 3, and 4
Friendship: parts 1, 2, and 3
Letters: parts 1, 2, and 3
Novelty: parts 1, 2, and 3
The Parallax Few
The Parrot Cycle
Howls in Favor of Sadie
Unfinished Discussion: Franz Kafka’s The Great Wall of China
Interview: Horacio Castellanos Moya
Interview: Tim Wilkinson
(The bookmobile currently has about 5 copies left. They are $7.)