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When Writing is Neither Solitary nor Apolitical

Committee to Protect Jounalists, New York City, United States 

Here is this week’s addendum to the Polity of Literature series: Because writers often compose their sentences in the relative calm and isolation of home or office, some people assume...

Four33 episode 3:
They Came to Us—The Royal City Second Line Parade Band

Carey West, Guelph, Canada 
Stephen Donnelly, Guelph, Canada 

Harbor Blues, Salina Cruz

Justin Kiersky, Denver, United States 

“I remember the city before the refinery,” says Rafael Mayoral, a middle-aged professor and self-described activist in defense of the land. He is tall, broad-chested with a shock of salt-and-pepper...

Reading as Poaching

Michel de Certeau, Paris, France 
Translation: Steven Rendall, Les Barthes, France 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

The twenty-second piece in our Polity of Literature series: “Reading as Poaching” is an essential text for the Polity of Literature, and a dense, word-by-word read; but flex your head, as...

Lapiztola + Chiquitraca: Collective Crises

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

In May of 2006, Rosario Martinez and Roberto Vega were fresh out of design school when the annual teachers union strike took on a sinister character as an explosive social...

High Tide: Reflections on Music, Isolation & Catharsis

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

*Paintings & Text by Sidd Joag Several weeks before the pandemic began in earnest was the last time I would sit across the table from a woman I had been...

Ahmet Altan: Wood Sprites

Ahmet Altan, Istanbul, Turkey 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

The twenty-first piece in our Polity of Literature series: The best libraries are often tiny, as small as a single book. A library’s value is in its use. Every book...

Stones stand in for the words: thoughts on a polity of literature

Shawn Van Sluys, Guelph, Canada 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

Books cited: Karen Solie, The Caiplie Caves, House of Anansi Press, 2019 Jan Zwicky, Lyric Philosophy, Gaspereau Press, 2009 With reference to ArtsEverywhere series, Polity of Literature, edited by Matthew...

A Brief History of Mexico’s Transoceanic Trade Route

Justin Kiersky, Denver, United States 

“The mind is bewildered with the difficulty of embracing in one comprehensive view the astonishing consequences that would result from a communication between the two oceans, by means of which...

“No Maize Es No Pais”: Accounting as Artistic Practice

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

“Why is Mexico hinging its future on a neoliberal economic model when it’s failing everywhere in the world?” asks Edith Morales, a conceptual artist from Oaxaca whose work draws paradoxically...

Four33 episode 2:
What Work Do You Want the Work To Do?

Carey West, Guelph, Canada 
Stephen Donnelly, Guelph, Canada 

Four33 episode 1:
Crash Course in Improvisation

Carey West, Guelph, Canada 
Stephen Donnelly, Guelph, Canada