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The Cold – Forces – Exploration – The Scout – Voices – Pools – Confluence – Descending – and Beasts, a story, Part Two of Two (The following is a work of satire. The people and events depicted, including those based on real people and events, are all entirely fictional.)

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Read the first part of Beasts here, and the earlier installments of Recursion here (the opening chapters are also available in print).

*The Babel Tower Notice Board, run by David Capener and Chloë Proctor, is a good new place to look for good new writing.

*Matthew Spencer features fiction, essays, and translation in his new zine, Paradise Almanac.

*King Ludd’s Rag No. 3 is out, with long stories from Travis Dahlke and Tara Stillions Whitehead.

*Sublunary is about to print the second number of its beautiful new magazine, Firmament.

*John Trefry of Inside the Castle talks with Entropy about running a small press.

*ICAF has an interesting collaboration between remus jackson and F. Stewart-Taylor exploring trans issues in autobiographical comics.

*I’ve been enjoying the work of Ava Hofmann (particularly her comic-inspired visual poetry and pieces like this), as well as the short fiction of a.s. arthur (particularly The Gallery).

*Amid the long blur of political turbulence since last election season, I have also been reading, very slowly, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, by Paulo Freire, and The Force of Nonviolence, by Judith Butler. In both I have found a number of concepts I now realize I’ve been groping towards and trying to instantiate in my own projects. I’m still working through—as I have been for the past four and a half years at least—all the myriad ways in which the modern rhetorical frames of moderation, maturity, reasonableness, and realism are used to undermine our intuitive desire for justice in the form solidarity, and the popular movement it requires.

Next issue: June 2021