Synopses & Reviews
Magazine. Essays. Fiction. Poetry. Edited by Bradford Morrow. Published in the Spring and Fall of each year by Bard College. The forty-eighth issue of CONJUNCTIONS celebrates that yearning which bends the soul out of its original shape-desire-in all its forms, all its hostile and gentle multiplicities. Featuring the work of Mary Gaitskill, H.C. Carrillo, Joyce Carol Oates, David Shields, Anne Tardos, Robert Kelly, Elizabeth Hand, Aimee Bender, Robert Olen Butler, Cole Swensen, Shena McAuliffe, Luc Sante, Devin Magee, Mary Caponegro, Reginald Shepherd, John D'Agata, Siri Hustvedt, Johnathan Lethem, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Will Self, Eleni Sikelianos, Lewis Warsh, Michael White, Rikki Ducornet, Andrew Mossin, Mei-me-Burssenbrugge, Paul West, Susan Steinberg, Donald Revell, Rebecca Seiferle, Tova Reich, Juliana Leslie, S.G. Miller, Brian Evanson, Carol Maso, and Frederic Tuten.
Desire, for hire, would tire a shire, James Joyce wrote in Finnegans Wake, though Conjunctions: 48 proposes the shire'd be tired even if the desire weren't hired. Desire informs everything we do, from the smallest gestures to the grandest concerns. When it establishes residence in the heart, it becomes a tireless engine, motivating good, and by turns evil. Yearning can be sexual or religious, charitable or greedy, thoughtful or callous, profound as belief or superficial as a whim. Is there any more formidable, defining emotion? Mary Gaitskill, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Mary Caponegro, Robert Kelly, Carole Maso, Brian Evenson, Robert Olen Butler, Joyce Carol Oates, Will Self, David Shields, Frederic Tuten and Rikki Ducornet, mong others, explore its tricky terrain in never-before-published essays, memoirs, poetry and fiction. Faces of Desire is an exuberant look--now grim, now hilarious, now poignant--into one of the most mysterious and crucial forces of life.
Text by William Vollmann, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Mary Caponegro, Russell Banks, John Yau, Robert Coover, Carole Maso, Brain Evenson, Robert Butler.
Text by Mary Gaitskill, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Mary Caponegro, Carole Maso, Brian Evenson, Robert Olen Butler, Donald Revell, H.G. Carrillo.