Abu Ghraib Memory Triptych, text messages with my 3 sisters via smartphone.
Check out my review of Shawn Michelle Smith’s book At the Edge of Sight: Photography and the Unseen over at The New Inquiry!
The photograph is proof, evidence. And yet, the photograph does not speak for itself. The photograph both records and crops, “both expand[s] and narrow[s] a visual field.” What lies outside of the frame, on the edges, behind the camera? The photograph offers no proof that does not need to be corroborated by testimony. Once, audiences were eager to be fooled by optical illusions—a fairy in a child’s hand, a dead loved one hovering in the frame. Now, in an age of ubiquitous photoshopping, we are right to be suspicious and yet we are still gripped. This is reality, captured.
My favorite person and I wrote a piece for the most recent issue of The New Inquiry, in which we tackle the theme of “Weather” by combining my interest in sci-fi, Bailey’s interest in nature, and our mutual interest in “scary things the government does.” Check it out if you have a subscription already, or get one if you don’t want to wait forever to read it.
Please support the entirely-independent magazine that I write for, so they can afford to pay me, so I can afford to buy things. It’s only 2 dollars a month and while the web content is entirely free, the actual magazine is beautiful. I drew a flow chart, which probably doesn’t actually explain why you should subscribe. But, subscribe!
If you haven’t been watching, Curmudgeon has been updating its own damn self, while I eat donuts in Seattle with my sweetie.
Also, my review of the book Cruel Optimism by Lauren Berlant is up at The New Inquiry.
Happy fucking New Year!
My second book review is up at the New Inquiry!
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Check it out? Also, updates on the Pelican Bay SHU/ California prison hunger strike can be found through the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity blog, including the recent announcement that the strike may be reinstated in response to meager bullshit concessions.