The central form for Triple Canopy’s publishing activities is the magazine issue. Issues may include digital works of art and literature, public conversations, books, editions, performances, and exhibitions. New issues are devoted to the collaborative production of bodies of knowledge around specific questions and concerns. Issues are published over the course of several months, often concurrently, at a rate of approximately three per year.

20 Pointing Machines

This issue is devoted to the consideration of contemporary and historical modes of reproduction: copies of classical sculpture made with plaster casts and 3-D printers; texts replicated by telegraphs, pirate publishers, and PDF generators; the photograph as archetypal mechanical image, proliferating across formats such as the daguerreotype, diapositive, inkjet print, bitmap. Pointing Machines is named after after the simple eighteenth-century measuring tool for reproducing sculpture in stone or wood by means of a system of adjustable rods and needles. The issue reflects on the proliferation of analogous tools and procedures in the digital age, in which the difference between goods (among them artworks) and information about those goods is constantly diminishing. Pointing Machines addresses the many forms of reproduction that unremittingly shape our daily lives—and alter the relationships between ideas and property, identity and originality—while asserting that each instance of reproduction can be generative and enriching. Pointing Machines is Triple Canopy’s contribution to the 2014 Whitney Biennial and includes an installation in the Whitney’s galleries; the issue continues the reproduction and circulation of the displayed objects beyond the museum’s walls.

Published beginning on March 7, 2014.
Piece Publish Date Avatar
Pointing Machines at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, with Triple Canopy Mar. 7, 2014
Pointing Machines, by Triple Canopy Mar. 7, 2014
Pointing Machines (Chestertown, Maryland) I, 2013, by Triple Canopy Mar. 7, 2014
Pointing Machines (Chestertown, Maryland) II, 2013, by Triple Canopy Mar. 7, 2014
Pointing Machines (Chestertown, Maryland) III, 2013, by Triple Canopy Mar. 7, 2014
Pointing Machines (Basin Stands), 2014, by Triple Canopy Mar. 7, 2014
Early American Furniture, with Peter Kenny Apr. 3, 2014
Media Replication Services, with Caroline Bergvall, William Pope.L & Lisa Gitelman Apr. 26, 2014
Historic Sales, with Nancy Druckman Apr. 26, 2014
Shape Shifters, with Stuart Comer May. 17, 2014
The Limner Performance, by William Pope.L, Anthony Adcock, Effie Bowen, Thad Kellstadt, Stephen Bartell, Lo Jan, Ja Zou Hon, Zhou Hai Hua & Xiang Yue Nov. 20, 2014
The End of the Image, with Edward Lee, Jennifer L. Roberts, Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Allyson Vieira & Alexander Provan Apr. 10, 2015

19 It Speaks of Others

This issue is devoted to the consideration of objects and objectivity. Today our sense of the limits of objectivity is troubled by the proliferation of intelligent, networked devices which, while not animate, possess kinds of agency and functionality that approach animateness. Perhaps humans have always lived with and among objects that resemble us and have a share in how we use language, but the efficacy and usefulness—as well as the intrusiveness—of contemporary objects is remarkable. It Speaks of Others is therefore a reconsideration of objects, across a variety of media and forms: in poetry and prose, performance, film, and other images. Here we explore materiality and fetish, the joys and failures of empiricism, automation, big data, stuff, the objectification of human beings, as well as the speech of dumb things.

Published beginning on December 13, 2013.
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Forget Yourself Inside Me Like I Am a Vacuum and You Are the Sea, with Rebecca Patek Oct. 12, 2013
The Experiment Was This, with Ada Smailbegović, Sylvia Hardy, Lucy Ives & Molly Kleiman Dec. 11, 2013
You Are My Ducati, by Andrew Durbin Dec. 17, 2013
Of the Dense and Rare, by Ada Smailbegović & Sylvia Hardy Dec. 20, 2013
Forget Yourself Inside Me Like I Am a Vacuum and You Are the Sea, by Rebecca Patek Feb. 19, 2014
Good Dog You, with Will Rawls & Adrienne Edwards Feb. 21, 2014
CiCi Better CC Me, by Andrew Durbin & Lucy Ives Mar. 25, 2014
More Mutable Than You, with Jumatatu Poe & Jesse Zaritt May. 19, 2014
An Essay on Tickling, by Aaron Kunin Jul. 3, 2014
The Motherhood Archives, by Irene Lusztig Jul. 24, 2014
The Cinderella Complex-XXX, by Lara Mimosa Montes Oct. 7, 2014
Dog Years, by Will Rawls Oct. 23, 2014
Repair, Then Dim, by Gil Lawson Nov. 6, 2014
I Turn to the Word “Person”, by Susan Stewart & Lucy Ives Dec. 23, 2014
Some Minor Effects of Gravity, with Rosa Aiello & Kari Rittenbach Jan. 16, 2015
Too Smart for Their Own Good, by Adam Greenfield & Matthew Shen Goodman Jan. 27, 2015
Some Minor Effects of Gravity, by Rosa Aiello & Kari Rittenbach Mar. 5, 2015
The Motherhood Archives: A Film Screening, with Irene Lusztig, The Flaherty & Sarah Resnick Mar. 31, 2015

18 Active Rot

The gradual loss of integrity plays out in various aesthetic milieus: A TV pilot corrupts true art, an authorless novel seeks to enter the marketplace, the degradation of the environment is countered by a scheme for a land-art-inspired green economy, Charlie Sheen’s salacity is looped. This issue recognizes the continuous phenomenal change that thwarts our best-laid plans and programs, but admits that total overhaul is rarely feasible. Instead, it focuses on evolutionary processes and the joys of departure from any original design, the likelihood that each thing is the same thing in a deceptive form, scenes from the decline of commercial viability, the work of waiting.

Published from April 18, 2013 to July 17, 2013.
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Sons, by Sara Greenberger Rafferty Apr. 18, 2013
The Dynasty Handbag Show, by Jibz Cameron & Hedia Maron Apr. 18, 2013
History Works, by B. Wurtz Apr. 18, 2013
This Time We’ll Keep It a Secret, by Martin Beck Apr. 23, 2013
Danny Boy, by Rebecca Bird Apr. 26, 2013
Adaptation after Metalogue (Part 2), by Boru O’Brien O’Connell May. 7, 2013
This Can Happen Now, by Peter Fend May. 23, 2013
Gray Rainbows, by Antonia Hirsch Jun. 3, 2013
This Is Your Brain on Paper, by Isabelle Moffat Jun. 12, 2013
Headless Commercial Thriller, by Alexander Provan Jun. 20, 2013
Ride the Recoil, by Adela Jušić Jul. 17, 2013

17 Inverted Circle

Exhumations, translations, masquerades. No matter how many times you Empty Trash, the contents are buried somewhere by Time Machine, waiting to be unearthed. For example: Richard III’s skeleton is found beneath a Leicester parking lot. An archaeology of alphabets uncovers glyphs that carry forgotten sounds. A zombie phrenology rises up from Whitman’s poetry, and into puff pieces for Time magazine. Pygmalion’s Galatea comes to life and starts working the Borscht Belt. A trio of ancient donkeys are likewise revived, and it turns out they’re comedians, too. Magnetic resonance scans pass as portraits before a jury. A Brazilian poet plays at peddling smut, but can’t help being highbrow. Liberties are taken, permissions ignored.

Published from November 7, 2012 to January 30, 2013.
Piece Publish Date Avatar
Were I to Write a Longer Letter, by Kate Shepherd Nov. 7, 2012
America: A Prophecy, by Kirill Medvedev Nov. 7, 2012
Crassus Agonicus, by Hilda Hilst Nov. 7, 2012
Literary Asses, by Gareth Long Nov. 13, 2012
Noping, by Caroline Bergvall Nov. 15, 2012
Semblance of Fact, by Jan Estep Nov. 26, 2012
Popular Science, by Jena Osman Nov. 26, 2012
I Know What You Did Last Summer, by Sam Frank, Lucy Ives, Christine Smallwood & Dan Visel Nov. 29, 2012
Aba Okipasyon, by Ryan Ffrench & Emmanuel Broadus Jan. 4, 2013
Wouldn’t It Be Milchadik?, by Franklin Bruno Jan. 30, 2013

16 They Were Us

This issue is devoted to scrubbing the bridge to the twenty-first century. Some foci of this endeavor: girls in uniforms, walking; girls of a certain age at once auguring and manifesting capital. There is so much to buy in the magazines that reflect their faces, which are clear-skinned, decorticated, architecturally sound. One woman reads Flaubert and is filled with love. Then she is filled with rage. She tries to show us simply how she sees the world, saying everything she can possibly say in one hour. Elsewhere a word that can’t be said is uttered at last because the story requires the word. Ambiguity gives way to precision, even analysis of patterns of linguistic usage. But your own interpretation may please you better.

Published from May 17, 2012 to July 30, 2012.
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Nineties, by Lucy Ives May. 17, 2012
McDonald’s, by Joshua Cohen May. 17, 2012
The Melody Indicator, by Erica Baum May. 17, 2012
Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl, by Tiqqun May. 22, 2012
Sixty-Five Years of Treason, by Per-Oskar Leu May. 31, 2012
The Blind Man, by Sarah Crowner Jun. 5, 2012
Sir W. Mitchell-Thomson, by David Horvitz Jun. 6, 2012
Un Coeur Simple, by Ariana Reines Jun. 19, 2012
Distant Objects Becoming Near, by Benjamin Tiven Jun. 21, 2012
International Art English, by Alix Rule & David Levine Jul. 30, 2012

15 Negative Infinity

This issue includes studies of the culture and politics of online anonymity, photographic excursions into the nether regions of the mind and the USSR. Popularity has exploded. Painted smiles peel. Scrutiny of alienation, irony, and hate leads to altruists, sociopaths, and old desperate weapons, convergences of teenage fantasy and IP militancy. Seekers arrive at bunkers and encampments and chat rooms from Yugoslavia to the Springsteen state to Zuccotti Park; they are after evidence or the smell or resources. Whitman’s multitudes, Melville’s intransigent, contra immiseration and crisis. One can't help but wonder, are these last or first men?

Published from December 1, 2011 to February 9, 2012.
Piece Publish Date Avatar
Beyond Passaic, by Bryan Zanisnik Dec. 1, 2011
Moscow, by Yevgeniy Fiks Dec. 1, 2011
Amnesia Pavilions, by Nicholas Muellner Dec. 1, 2011
Forecasts, by Cathy Park Hong & Adam Shecter Dec. 8, 2011
Endgame Tourism, by Lisi Raskin Dec. 21, 2011
Our Weirdness Is Free, by Gabriella Coleman Jan. 13, 2012
Bodies Against Time, by Zoe Beloff Jan. 17, 2012
Call and Response, by Triple Canopy Feb. 1, 2012
Anonymity as Culture: Treatise, by David Auerbach Feb. 9, 2012
Anonymity as Culture: Case Studies, by David Auerbach Feb. 9, 2012

14 Counterfactuals

In Triple Canopy’s first literary, or not not literary, issue, the promise of fact evaporates in the weird light of the subjunctive. The focus is on events transpiring on the page, on “events” “transpiring” “on” “the page.” The actual of our counterfactual is often only handwriting; a typo, a footnote, a facsimile; caps lock, scare quote, underscore. It is mere text, a line, or minor grammar; a mere sentence, mere diction, mere style, what substance. As Wittgenstein once proposed: “They say, for example, that I should have given a particular answer then, if I had been asked.” But the business of prediction, even of speculative pasts, is best left to justly compensated professionals. Dealing with the present, then, and the future in the past, the counterfactuals in this issue might not survive the time of reading.

Published from September 13, 2011 to October 24, 2011.
Piece Publish Date Avatar
The Canticle of Skoozle, by James McCourt Sep. 13, 2011
Like on the Subject of the Icebreak, by Ish Klein Sep. 13, 2011
The Sacred Prostitute, by Mina Loy & CF Sep. 13, 2011
A Note on Counterfactuals, by Sam Frank, Lucy Ives & Dan Visel Sep. 13, 2011
Man / Man / Grimace / Grimace / Pivot / Pivot, by Stuart Sherman Sep. 22, 2011
Years Ago Before the Nation Went Bankrupt, by David Wojnarowicz Sep. 23, 2011
Calamities, by Renee Gladman Sep. 30, 2011
The Collected Lies of AK & All Sizes Fit One (for Peter), by Aaron Kunin Sep. 30, 2011
The Venus Problem, by Lisa Robertson Oct. 3, 2011
Rump Steak with Onions, by Rachel Harrison Oct. 5, 2011
Études, by Florine Stettheimer Oct. 10, 2011
The Patio and the Index, by Tan Lin Oct. 25, 2011

13 Bad Actors

Chewing the scenery and reacting poorly with a certain consistency, this issue brings together reflections on the sexual magnetism of the volcano, the history of the infamous Mankato execution, passport defacement, New York real estate, the ills of dealing in art, and other acts of personal and public mismanagement. Such acts may be unintentional or may be required for a given role: It’s no easy feat, for example, for man, who evolved from the sea, to reverse the process by returning to the oceans and asserting control over the depths. Indeed, as this issue shows, the perception of acting quality differs greatly between any two given perceivers, and therefore the extent of bad acting can be quite subjective.

Published from July 21, 2011 to July 28, 2011.
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Origin, Departure, by Murad Khan Mumtaz & Alyssa Pheobus Jul. 21, 2011
Esfir, by Yelena Akhtiorskaya Jul. 21, 2011
The Age of Dissolution, by Bidisha Banerjee Jul. 21, 2011
Tektite Revisited, by James Merle Thomas & Meghan O’Hara Jul. 26, 2011
Hand Held Lava, by Ilana Halperin, Karen Holmberg & Andrew Patrizio Jul. 28, 2011
Matter of Rothko, by David Levine Jul. 29, 2011
Another Portrait of Jason, by Matt Wolf Aug. 1, 2011
The Hanging at Mankato, by Claire Barliant Aug. 4, 2011
The Tale of the Big Computer, by Anna Lundh Aug. 5, 2011

12 Black Box

This issue is devoted to considering how we view photographs—and make photographs to be viewed—online. Most of the photographs found on the Internet were shot digitally and published without any thought given to printing them in a physical form. Their material condition is not an issue. We are concerned with photographs whose materiality is at stake, for which an online presentation is disruptive, and therefore worth examining. Artists who traffic in physical photographic prints are asked to participate in a shared vision of dematerialized photography, charged with creating works intended to be experienced as JPEGs.

Published from May 5, 2011 to June 9, 2011.
Piece Publish Date Avatar
A Note on Black Box, by Hannah Whitaker May. 5, 2011
To and From R.F., by Arthur Ou & Lauren O’Neill-Butler May. 5, 2011
Tahoe Passage, by Dan Torop May. 5, 2011
Sentences on Photography, by Torbjørn Rødland May. 5, 2011
Studio with Red Bag, 2009, by Roe Ethridge & Matthew Porter May. 5, 2011
Revolving Portrait, by Danny Gordon May. 16, 2011
After the Fact, by Christy Lange May. 18, 2011
Stuart Highway, Northern Territory, 2009, by Daniel Gustav Cramer & Sandra Doller May. 20, 2011
Marks of Indifference #9 (Jeff Wall), 2006, by Mark Wyse & Matthew Porter May. 23, 2011
Tableaux Mourants, by Barry Schwabsky May. 25, 2011
Information Age, by Simone Gilges May. 27, 2011
Looking Fast, by Michael Almereyda Jun. 2, 2011
State Changes, by Boru O’Brien O’Connell & Justin Lieberman Jun. 7, 2011
Receivers, 2003, by Moyra Davey & Matthew Porter Jun. 9, 2011

11 Default Environments

In this issue, metaphors are unexamined and not. The skin of a satyr is flayed and stretched on a tree. A body withers leaving only a voice. Here expression precedes and exceeds language. A photograph succeeds where words fail. Those seeking omniscience, infinite perception, find it at the ends of gravity. A sea traveler says to a poet, “It is difficult to know a person.” The poet replies, “There are many ways a person might be known.” She sees fissures in the Arctic ice and is reminded of futures foretold by creases in the palm of a hand. These she traces in color. Elsewhere a hand is writing, ink on paper: This writing might depict a life or not at all. A written life is only partly told, partly understood, even as the Name written in light is everlasting. Revision leads so often to miscomprehension. No symbols where none intended.

Published from March 1, 2011 to April 4, 2011.
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The Ultimate High Ground, by Steve Rowell Mar. 2, 2011
Sibyl and Marsyas, by Anja Utler Mar. 2, 2011
A Hole to See the Ocean Through, by Ellie Ga Mar. 3, 2011
The Document, by Sam Frank Mar. 8, 2011
Stoppages, by Beka Goedde Mar. 11, 2011
The Flash Made Flesh, by Mary Walling Blackburn & A. B. Huber Mar. 16, 2011
A Day’s Sail , by Sergio De La Pava Mar. 18, 2011
The Font of the Hand, by Joshua Cohen Mar. 22, 2011
Frontier Facades, by Warm Engine Mar. 29, 2011
The Mythoecology of Middle-earth, by Peter Nowogrodzki Mar. 31, 2011
The Quiddities, by Joe Milutis Apr. 4, 2011

10 And Yet It Moves

This issue surveys the ground and that which surveys it from above, draws a line of force and follows it, trades violence for puppetry, confuses major and minor aspects, reckons with the originality of credit, randomizes dystopia, accounts for innumerable other conjunctions and oppositions. From space: polygonal celestial bodies and quantities of nothingness. From Pandora and Palestine: the nightmare of shamelessness. From Peru: lessons in the manufacture of high-end human-hair wigs. From Moscow: “It's like diving into the ocean—no half-steps, for all your life, but it is worth it!” All problems of drawing people into the mystery of a shared existence.

Published from November 17, 2010 to December 14, 2010.
Piece Publish Date Avatar
Planetarium, by Matt Mullican Nov. 17, 2010
Happy Moscow, by Sam Frank Nov. 18, 2010
She Goes Covered, by Julia Sherman Nov. 18, 2010
Brown Skin, Blue Masks, by Nadja Millner-Larsen, Wazhmah Osman & Danyel Ferrari Nov. 24, 2010
Notes in Time, by Nancy Spero & Christopher Lyon Nov. 30, 2010
whiteonwhite, by Eve Sussman & Rufus Corporation Dec. 3, 2010
To Have Is to Owe, by David Graeber Dec. 7, 2010
A Forcing of Barriers, by Per-Oskar Leu Dec. 15, 2010

9 Unplaced Movements

This issue charts a critical genealogy for new-media publishing by way of identifying undercurrents that have defined and enriched each successive “new” medium, and the aesthetic strategies that have persisted after the obsolescence of cassettes, floppy disks, and laser discs. The projects included in the issue were the outcome of talks, conversations, and performances that took place in late 2009 and early 2010 and positioned Triple Canopy’s approach to new-media publishing within a broader historical context: The Invisible Grammar at the NY Art Book Fair, The Medium Was Tedium at the New Museum, and an interview with digital-publishing pioneer Bob Stein as part of The Page + The Screen, a class organized with the Public School New York at 177 Livingston.

Published from July 9, 2010 to August 30, 2010.
Piece Publish Date Avatar
Training in Assertive Hospitality, by Daniel Bozhkov Jul. 9, 2010
A Note on Unplaced Movements, by Triple Canopy Jul. 9, 2010
For the Rotation of the Work Never to Stop, by Daniel Bozhkov, Mel Bochner & Erin Shirreff Jul. 10, 2010
Site (After Robert Morris & Stan VanDerBeek), by Zach Rockhill Jul. 13, 2010
The Medium and the Tedium, by Mel Bochner Jul. 17, 2010
Poem, October 2009 (After Dan Graham), by Caolan Madden & Paul Hughes Jul. 21, 2010
Mao, King Kong, and the Future of the Book, by Bob Stein & Dan Visel Jul. 23, 2010
Linoleum (After Robert Rauschenberg), by Andres Laracuente Jul. 28, 2010
Unmarked Box on a Counter, by Jordan Crandall & Caleb Waldorf Aug. 2, 2010
Shadow, Glare, by Erin Shirreff Aug. 30, 2010

8 Hue and Cry

This issue consists of creation myths, shore stories, bestiaries. An Internet play requests permission to watch and listen as you read, then asks: What fruit do you expect to reap from your fine arguments? A Belgian information scientist builds an archive of twelve million bibliographic index cards meant to catalog all the world’s information. A dictionary recognizes any of a group of colors that may vary in lightness and saturation, whose hue is that of a clear daytime sky. A Bedu hick shows the desert of Arabia to be America’s last frontier. A monkey copulates for the camera. A poet explains what you are about to see.

Published from March 17, 2010 to July 10, 2010.
Piece Publish Date Avatar
Inside the Mundaneum, by Molly Springfield Mar. 17, 2010
Thirty-Six Shades of Prussian Blue, by Joshua Cohen Mar. 17, 2010
De Tribus Impostoribus, by Victoria Miguel Mar. 18, 2010
Everglade, by Lucy Ives Mar. 24, 2010
R, Adieu, by Joe Milutis Mar. 26, 2010
Sacrifice of the Banana, by Karthik Pandian Mar. 30, 2010
Horse People, by Ben Yaster Apr. 10, 2010
The Road to Freedom Village, by Sukjong Hong Apr. 27, 2010
The Sea of Trees, by Joshua Zucker-Pluda, Nine Eglantine Yamamoto-Masson & Jacob Kirkegaard May. 4, 2010
Crude Meridian, by Sophia Al-Maria, Manal Al Dowayan & Tor Eigeland May. 15, 2010
Jukeboxes on the Moon, by Rafil Kroll-Zaidi Jul. 1, 2010

7 Urbanisms: Master Plans

The second of two issues examining our urban situation and what lies beyond it: the city’s past and future; the suburban, the exurban, the frontier. This issue understands urbanism as exceeding any fixed notion of the twentieth-century city, encompassing informatics and third-world slums, modular megachurches and modernist office towers. It seeks an urbanism that looks backward to move forward, that looks forward to see the present; an urbanism that considers the voices of those without the power to build, and the ideas of architects and planners who have built modestly, critically, or not at all.

Published from October 27, 2009 to November 24, 2009.
Piece Publish Date Avatar
Daybreak, by Lucy Raven Oct. 27, 2009
A Note on Urbanisms, by Triple Canopy Oct. 27, 2009
Construction, by Zs & Josh Slater Oct. 27, 2009
The Wrong Way Forward, by Kazys Varnelis & Triple Canopy Nov. 3, 2009
Divine Wilderness, by Nathan Schneider Nov. 5, 2009
Better Underground, by Urban China Nov. 10, 2009
The VPL Authority, by Rustam Mehta, Thomas Moran & Keller Easterling Nov. 13, 2009
Dubai Dream Houses, by Zlatan Filipović & Molly Kleiman Nov. 17, 2009
Learning from Tijuana, by Teddy Cruz & Caleb Waldorf Nov. 19, 2009
It Had Just Entered Our Valleys, by Hovhannes Tumanyan, Vahram Aghasyan & Meline Toumani Nov. 24, 2009
The Anatomy of Ruins, by Bryan Finoki Dec. 9, 2009

6 Urbanisms: Model Cities

The first of two issues examining our urban situation and what lies beyond it: the city’s past and future; the suburban, the exurban, the frontier. This issue consists of the realization of elaborate fictions; the accretion of what is designed and improvised, what is chosen and received, what is imagined and experienced. It was assembled upon awakening from an agreeable dream—of what could be bought, what could be built, what could be justified; of easy credit and adjustable-rate mortgages masking stagnant wages and yawning inequality.

Published from May 5, 2009 to June 16, 2009.
Piece Publish Date Avatar
A Note on Urbanisms, by Triple Canopy May. 5, 2009
He Is Fresh and Everyone Else Is Tired, by Ian Volner & Matico Josephson May. 5, 2009
Wrong Place, Right Time, by José León Cerrillo May. 5, 2009
Boom, Bust, Burn, Blame: Fake Omaha, by Neil Greenberg May. 5, 2009
Index or Constructed By Way of Experiment, by José León Cerrillo May. 5, 2009
The City That Built Itself, by Joshua Bauchner May. 12, 2009
He Is Fresh and Everyone Else Is Tired, Part 2, by Ian Volner & Matico Josephson May. 14, 2009
What Is the Antique in Truro: A Portfolio, by Adam Davies May. 19, 2009
Wiederholungszwang, by Gil Blank & Caleb Waldorf May. 27, 2009
Gypsy Mansions, by Lev Bratishenko May. 27, 2009
Infrastructure for Souls, by Joseph Clarke Jun. 2, 2009
Moma, the High-Rise Condo, by Angie Waller Jun. 4, 2009
Monoactivité, by Jules Treneer Jun. 9, 2009
Virtual Bowery, by Dan Torop Jun. 16, 2009

5 Idol Traffic

Journeys far and wide, remote and digitally delivered, between deities and degenerates, deliverance and circulation. This issue covers virtual prayer, analog dance; the smelling-ghost, the possessed Porky; deaths mistaken for jokes, catheters mistaken for obstructions; headbanger folkways, authenticity in crisis. Beef, biceps, and the Bhagavad Gita. Bees, wasps, and uncountable mosquitoes. People fall over themselves to be on camera. Cannibalism is the limit on the horizon of the breakfast room. The best part is that there’s hardly any improvisation.

Published from February 10, 2009 to March 6, 2009.
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Flash Yr Idols, by Bidisha Banerjee & George Collins Feb. 10, 2009
Horror Film 1: Shanghai Blue, by Leslie Thornton Feb. 10, 2009
Between Scans, by Anna Sperber & Peter Kerlin Feb. 10, 2009
The Matter of Past-Loving London, by Ben Street & The International Necronautical Society Feb. 17, 2009
Tacky Souvenirs of Pre-Inaugural America, by Ben Tausig Feb. 18, 2009
Television for the People, by Ed Halter Feb. 19, 2009
The Dominican Game, by Patrick Clark Feb. 23, 2009
Mightiest in the Land, by Patrick Corcoran Feb. 27, 2009
This Little Lard, by Hassan Khan & Clare Davies Mar. 3, 2009
From ‘The Everyday’, by John Latta Mar. 4, 2009
New Black, by New Humans Mar. 6, 2009

4 War Money Magic

This issue consists of strange bedfellows and pop dialectics. Leo Strauss with Sayyid Qutb; Stalin beside Picasso; Clement Greenberg as Emperor Palpatine. Jurassic Park read through the book of Genesis, and Heraclitus formatted for OS9. Stretched across New York and the former USSR, allegories of gentrification and displacement: Lenin presides over the downtown real-estate boom, amid Bowery condo-construction dust, while Tatars fill empty chocolate boxes with nostalgia for Crimea. Invaders and the invaded embrace, because Desmond Tutu says so. Jesus Christ by way of Walt Disney—just south of Golgotha, you’ll find the restrooms and concession stand.

Published from November 11, 2008 to December 1, 2008.
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Star Wars: A New Heap, by John Powers Nov. 11, 2008
Milestones: The Noble Lie, by Adam Helms Nov. 11, 2008
Reconstruction, by Rachel Owens Nov. 11, 2008
The Stalin by Picasso Case, by Lene Berg & Sam Frank Nov. 13, 2008
Bullion with a Mission, by Barry Harbaugh Nov. 17, 2008
Homemade Memorials, by Sonya Blesofsky Nov. 19, 2008
No Other Home, by Maria Sonevytsky & Alison Cartwright Nov. 21, 2008
Heraclitus Series, by Amir Mogharabi Nov. 23, 2008
Original Ideas in Magic, by Tim Davis & Hannah Whitaker Nov. 25, 2008
Specters of a Young Earth, by Joseph Clarke Dec. 1, 2008
The Gift of Eternal Life, by Marc Vives Dec. 1, 2008


Learning from looking at New Orleans on Hurricane Katrina’s third anniversary, and finding something related to the city’s life and death. This issue eschews the rhetoric of before and after but nevertheless addresses reconstruction and resurrection, the great distance between here and there, the common impulse to narrow that distance. Walker Percy describes the experience of novelty sought by the tourist as an “immediate encounter with being”; when not satisfied, the tourist “carves his initials in a public place … as a last desperate measure to escape his ghostly role of consumer.” Instead this issue seeks description—if not of New Orleans then of something related to its life and its death.

Published from September 2, 2008 to September 22, 2008.
Piece Publish Date Avatar
I Knew Then It Was All on Me, by Ben Phelps-Rohrs & Brian Rosa Sep. 2, 2008
Tours and Detours: Walking the Ninth Ward, by Brian Rosa Sep. 2, 2008
A Note on the New Orleans Experience, by Triple Canopy Sep. 2, 2008
Way of the Righteous, by Martina Batan, Alexander Provan & Peter J. Russo Sep. 7, 2008
Landfall: A Portfolio, by Will Steacy Sep. 10, 2008
Homemade Memorials, by Sonya Blesofsky Sep. 15, 2008
A World of Bad Taste, by Andy Antippas Sep. 17, 2008
NOLA directory, by Triple Canopy Sep. 22, 2008

2 Orbiting an Absent Program

This issue reveals literature to be a dangerous occupation, or an unoriginal vocation, or an observational exercise, or an engineering endeavor. The language of the Web is juxtaposed with the language of the psychiatric ward; the Global Village Idiot awaits a friend request, Rocky Balboa occupies the Guggenheim Bilbao. Search results: “Burma is great for private parties”; “Citizens do not have a need for politics because their ruler decides for them.” Objects, prototypes, and remnants of prior experiments: a magical hairbrush; the troublesome V in Venezuela; a severed toe discovered in the mail. In other words: “There is always an angle toward the sun.”

Published from June 3, 2008 to June 27, 2008.
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The Caracas Speech, by Roberto Bolaño Jun. 3, 2008
Letter from Bosnia, by Molly Kleiman Jun. 3, 2008
Brush, by Keren Cytter Jun. 3, 2008
Victory over the Sun, by Michael Robinson & Thomas Beard Jun. 4, 2008
Case Notes of a Medical Student..., by Rivka Galchen Jun. 9, 2008
Only Connect, by Ed Park & Rachel Aviv Jun. 11, 2008
The Balboa Effect, by Colby Chamberlain Jun. 13, 2008
For an Unoriginal Literature, by The Poetic Research Bureau Jun. 16, 2008
Big Brother’s Portfolio, by Andrew Ti Jun. 17, 2008
Your Country Is Great, by Ara Shirinyan Jun. 18, 2008
Personal Affects, by Joseph Mosconi Jun. 18, 2008
Street View: A Selection, by Dan Torop Jun. 19, 2008
Literary Product Trials, by Andrew Maxwell Jun. 20, 2008
Sexy Librarian, by Julia Weist & Genevieve Smith Jun. 23, 2008
You Have 33 Friends, by Jon Kessler & Sam Frank Jun. 24, 2008
You Must Kill Forty in Death..., by Jesse Ball, Thordis Björnsdottir & Beth Brandon Jun. 25, 2008
The Riddle of the Traveling Corpse, by Rebecca Bird, Jenni Knight, Caolan Madden, Elizabeth Gumport & Joanna Neborsky Jun. 26, 2008
Woven Waves + Sumi Cinema 1, by Sumi Ink Club Jun. 27, 2008

1 The Medium Was Tedium

In this inaugural foray, months of conversations and thousands of emails between friends and strangers attain a form: a side-scrolling multimedia magazine meant for serious reading and viewing; a concatenation of essays, video poems, false reports, scripted fictions, and urban reconnaissance. Chinese paintings copying Renaissance masterpieces, sidewalk encounters, meteors hurtling into Siberia, dust swept from center to periphery. Noting the Internet’s putative freeness and rhetoric of freedom, we claim the freedom to be unreadable, but also the disciplined freedom of form; the freedom to be excessive and recessive, polemical and lapidary, lucid and obdurate.

Published from March 17, 2008 to March 18, 2008.
Piece Publish Date Avatar
Chinese Customs, by William S. Smith Mar. 17, 2008
Tunguska International, by Craig Kalpakjian & Sarah Kessler Mar. 17, 2008
The State of Inauthenticity, by Peter Schwenger Mar. 17, 2008
Religious Behavior + Angus Was So Near..., by Jenni Knight & Diane Williams Mar. 17, 2008
The Tree of Knowledge, Qurna, Iraq, by Brook Wilensky-Lanford Mar. 17, 2008
To Displace & Redistribute Debris, by James Sham Mar. 18, 2008
Basic Instinct: Poems, by Descriptive Video Service & Dan Hoy Mar. 18, 2008
A Logical Love Story, by Sheila Heti Mar. 18, 2008
Introduction, by Triple Canopy Mar. 18, 2008
Outside In, by Wayne Koestenbaum Mar. 18, 2008
Transit, by Emily Richardson, Iain Sinclair & Russell Martin Mar. 18, 2008
Campaign Journal, by Rachel Mason Mar. 18, 2008
Akhmatova in Azerbaijan, by Samantha Power & Howie Kahn Mar. 18, 2008
Brush, by Keren Cytter Mar. 18, 2008