Image: Lori Nix, "Mall" 2010, Chromogenic Print, 40"x55," Courtesy of Lori Nix and ClampArt Gallery
With a nod to the doomsday prophecy, we're launching 2012 with writing about apocalypse. In two riffs on the Old Testament, André-Marcel Adamek builds a Belgian ark, while Fernando Paiva eulogizes the Creator. Ofir Touché Gafla counts down the hours in a runaway city. Sławomir Mrożek awaits the end of days at McDonald's. Hector G. Oesterheld and Solano Lopez depict a deadly snowfall in Buenos Aires. Gyrðir Elíasson sees banned books in Iceland's future. Antônio Xerxenesky exposes a conspiracy to rewrite a famous ending. And Mexico’s Ambar Past provides an incantatory oracle. We trust you’ll enjoy these apocalyptic visions; and if not, well, it’s not the end of the world. Elsewhere, Luis Nuño slips out for a smoke, Juan Villoro misses connections, and Alber Sabanoglu heads to sea.
I wanted the daughter who quit doing drugs cold turkey, at age ten.
Crates of poultry are piling up in my yard, my attic’s an aviary, my cellar writhes with reptiles
Death, continuously falling in tiny, luminous flakes. The nightmare snowfall that had erased almost all life...
The plan involved gradually rewriting "Don Quixote" over the years, so that no one would notice and collective memories would forget the details. Implausible?
You close your eyes so as not to see/ How the cadavers hang from a kapok tree.
I burned down the McDonald’s, for the sake of my life
Curiously, in recent years God became the most outspoken critic of his own work
House No. 451
She finds my writing bizarre; no one does it, especially not in a town like this.
Reviewed by Jean Harris
Part of the allure is for the amateur to wrest the microphone away from the stars and, for a moment, to take their place in the limelight.
Reviewed by Anderson Tepper
On a certain level, "Purgatory" is a metaphorical ghost story—a meditation on loss, invisibility, and vanishing