Synopses & Reviews
Rome was not built in a day, but can an issue of a quarterly magazine be produced in 24 hours? This is the question that this issue of Cabinet attempts to answer. Inspired by the resourcefulness of the bricoleur making do with what is at hand, Cabinet issue 44, with a special section titled 24 Hours, sees writers and artists across the world respond to assignments in the space of one day. It features, among others, Luca Buvoli, Shelley Jackson, Valerie Hegarty and Mario Garcia Torres pulling all-nighters. Elsewhere in the issue: Tom McCarthy on the color blue; James Fergusson on the potion concocted by nutritionist Jack Drummond to help inmates of liberated concentration camps recover from extreme malnutrition; artist Jonathan Allen orchestrates a ceremonial exchange of heraldic shields between Cabinet and the small Catalonian village of Jubrique; Christopher Turner on Ernst Dichter, the inventor of the focus group; and much more.