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Still from: The Time That Separates Us, 2022
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Introduction

“RIEN N’ARRIVE ni comme on l’espère, ni comme on le craint”: thus does the Holocaust survivor Jean Améry begin his celebrated anatomy of torture, citing Proust. “Nothing actually happens as we hope it will, nor as we fear it will.” For most folks, I imagine, this was not their first association when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, though it was mine. Améry clarifies his claim: it’s not that torture exceeds our imagination (“it’s not a quantitative question”); actual torture isn’t...

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Performance

Through the gleam of brass the lettering was hard to read: “Bartók’s Retreat.” Out of habit I hung a “Do Not Disturb” cushion over the doorknob.

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Graceless

By Samwai Lam, Translated by Natascha Bruce

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In this full-day event, the morning session focused on collective commemoration of the life of Jules Chametzky--the teacher, mentor, scholar, family man, and activist. The proceedings open with a poem written for the occasion, read by its author, Martín Espada. Memories from family members follow, and then those of friends. The morning concludes with a talk on "Black Reparations, Present and Future," by William A. Darity--a subject that Jules spoke about often.

The afternoon session focused on scholarly, political, and literary work that echoes that of Jules Chametzky--the teacher, mentor, scholar, family man, and activist. The proceedings open with two accounts from friends of Jules, Shaun O'Connell and Andrew Lass. The lecture “Chametzkyan Studies and Their Future,” given by Werner Sollors, follows. The day concluded with two panel discussions: "Chiaroscuros of the Possible" with Nia Imara, Hilene Flanzbaum, Nathan McClain, and Hilary Plum, with Stephen Clingman, moderator; and "Different Voices, Shared Values" with Doug Anderson; Jacqueline Loss; Robin McLean; and J. Michael Terry, with Arlyn Diamond, moderator.

“We are the heirs of a legacy of creative protest [...] the teachings of Thoreau are alive today, indeed, they are more alive today than ever before.”

—REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. (MR 4.1, Autumn 1962)

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Interviews

10 Questions for Ashley Kunsa

- By Edward Clifford

In California, in a dumpster, a rattler lay
half-coiled atop a grease-soaked pizza box,

            half-cloaked by yesterday’s news.
It was no friend of mine, the snake, though,

to tell the truth, in such repose, no enemy
either.
—From “It’s Never Just a Snake,” Vol. 63, Issue 3 (Fall 2022)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
I wrote a pretty epic break-up note to my second-grade boyfriend that, by some twist of fate or good fortune (his or mine?), I never delivered, and so I’ve still got access to high literary phrases like “I know we both tried our hardest to make things work but they just didn’t...


Interviews

10 Questions for Allison M. Charette

- By Edward Clifford

"Ambahy—konantitra, I cannot comprehend this power that you wield. . . The power of death's morbid attraction, of the will to turn toward anarchy, toward a world where nothing is sacred anymore, where nothing has more power than its own form . . . I do not know. Intense desire for emancipation from the colonial authority, understanding that returning to a sovereign state would only be returning to royal servitude."
—From "Nour, 1947: Third Night" by Raharimanana, Translated by Allison M. Charette, Volume 63, Issue 3 (Fall 2022)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you translated.
Long before I knew I wanted to be a translator, I took a translation course for my undergrad French degree. One day, we worked in...


Interviews

10 Questions for Mary Ann McGuigan

- By Edward Clifford

She's sure she can't be dreaming, becuase she can feel Nora's hand on hers. The touch is light, barely there, but the cold bracelt is enough to bring her into the morning, back into the colorless room.
"Aunt Peggy," Nora whispers. "You're having a bad dream." The tops of Nora's fingersgraze her forearm, but she pretends she's still asleep, because she wants it so badly, this contact."
—from "Because Her Hour Is Come," Volume 63, Issue 3 (Fall 2022)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
The first piece I wrote predates the moon landing; it still needs a lot of work. But one of the first stories I submitted anywhere appeared in The Sun and much later became...


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October MR Contributor Publications

- By Edward Clifford

Emma Boldens' latest poetry collection, The Tiger and the Cage, is out with Soft Skull Press. Two of Emma's poems were published in MR Volume 59, Issue 3.

 

Catherine Ciepiela's translations of Polina Barskova’s Living Pictures is out with New York Review Books. Catherine's translations of Barskova were published in the spring issue of MR Vol.54.

...


Interviews

10 Questions for G.C. Waldrep

- By Edward Clifford

It is not insistent. It is not desperately clinging
                                       to the is, the are.
           It is familiar with the dusk.
(I write, "It is familiar with the dusk," words.)
    It does not call
                Do you believe, do you believe.
—from "A Meadowlark in Arrow Rock, Mo." Volume 63, Issue 3 (Fall 2022)

Tell us about one of the first...


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