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Volume 45, Issue 4

THE INAUGURATION is at hand. Sometimes the darkest hour comes before blackout. A plebiscite has spoken for theocracy and empire, for surveillance of brain and blood, for whiteness of soul and skin, for missionaries and missionary sex, for war and oil, for the reduction of art and thought to lockstep and lockjaw.

How vain now, in a little magazine, to stand up like a cock and dissent from the sunset. But we must. Art and politics, by their very nature, have to crow against the banality of evil. In Utopia, we would dissent from the banality of good. Not by polemic alone, but with beauty and the shock of the unexpected. Not in the intricacies of policy or the juridical tunnels where sages go to hide, but with one flashbulb after another illuminating the night surface. Not by making ourselves small to fight the small, but by making ourselves large to affront hegemony itself.

Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto. These words of Terence, that Karl Marx took for his motto, describe the diversity, the vitality, the appetite for life and thought that survival demands of us: I am human, and I hold nothing human to be alien to me. A cockcrow that will bring the dawn around.

And so by continuing, we begin. Find inside a pictorial remembrance of Jean Becker on the tenth anniversary of her death, prefaced by the eminent critic Grace Glueck. Gaze on Tintoretto, and on women bodybuilders. Hear the charge of Babel's Red Cavalry, the voice of Cory Doctorow, the jangle of alternative music. See Albee on the stage. Have a heart stop.

David Lenson
for the editors



Sporting Adam's Rib: The Culture of Women Bodybuilders in America

By Cynthia Lewis


Casting the Wrong Shadows

By Nance Van Winckel


Caught in the Act: Looking at Tintoretto's Susanna

By Robert Hahn


Elegy For a Girl Singer

By Anne Marie Macari


I Am Listening

By Priscilla Turner


Jean Morrison Becker

By Jean Morrison Becker


Windy Today

By Lisa Olstein


Morality and Orality in Isaac Babel's 'Red Cavalry'

By Val Vinokur


A Hundred Miles

By Tama Baldwin



By Maxine Scates


Dying to Live

By James Myers


Father is Heavy, What Do I Do?; A Dream the Moon Is Dreaming

By Kim Hye Sun


Walking Circles

By Andi Diehn


Interview with Cory Doctorow

By Doug Pond



By Kelly Madigan Erlandson


At the Concert of Alternative Music

By Richard Spilman


Traffic of our Stage: Albee's 'Peter and Jerry'

By Normand Berlin


Chanting Indoors

By Jen Currin


Ask for a Convertible

By Danit Brown


Mode, Edom

By Kevin McFadden


Suburban Buildings

By Jean Morrison Becker

Table of Contents

Sporting Adam's Rib: The Culture of Women
Bodybuilders in America,
Non-Fiction by Cynthia Lewis

Casting the Wrong Shadows,
Poetry by Nance Van Winckel

Caught in the Act: Looking at Tintoretto's Susanna,
Non-Fiction by Robert Hahn

Elegy For a Girl Singer,
Poetry by Anne Marie Macari

I Am Listening, Fiction by Priscilla Turner

Jean Morrison Becker, Art by Jean Morrison Becker Color
art insert, with introduction by Grace Glueck

Windy Today, Poetry by Lisa Olstein

Morality and Orality in Isaak Babel's 'Red Cavalry',
Non-Fiction by Val Vinokur

A Hundred Miles, Non-Fiction by Tama Baldwin

Wounded, Poetry by Maxine Scates

Dying to Live, Non-Fiction by James Myers

Father is Heavy, What Do I Do?; A Dream the
Moon Is Dreaming, Poetry by Kim Hye Sun
Translated by Don Mee Choi

Walking Circles, Fiction by Andi Diehn

Interview with Cory Doctorow,
Non-Fiction by Doug Pond

Nebraska, Poetry by Kelly Madigan Erlandson

At the Concert of Alternative Music,
Fiction by Richard Spilman

Traffic of our Stage: Albee's 'Peter and Jerry',
Non-Fiction by Normand Berlin

Chanting Indoors, Poetry by Jen Currin

Ask for a Convertible, Fiction by Danit Brown

Mode, Edom, Poetry by Kevin McFadden

Suburban Buildings, Cover Art by Jean Morrison Becker


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