Reading Under Candlelight

By Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini During the war between Iran and Iraq (1980-1988), there were constant curfews and darkness. My family used one of our big family rooms to sit, eat, read and even sleep in. At night, it was like a dark classroom with students from different...
Post (mortem) cards #4: Hodie Mihi, Cras Tibi

Post (mortem) cards #4: Hodie Mihi, Cras Tibi

By Chloe Wilson I attended Catholic schools and went through all their various rituals: dreaming up things to confess to our sleepy parish priest; allowing communion wafers to adhere to my palate; flicking through hymn books to find the most amusing hymn to request...
Post (mortem) cards #3: Who Can Be Against Us?

Post (mortem) cards #3: Who Can Be Against Us?

By Chloe Wilson Headline writers seem to find toilets irresistible. Search for the Faggiano Museum in Lecce, Puglia, and the title of every result will mention that its existence is owed to a broken toilet and one man’s obsessive quest to restore functional...
Post (mortem) Cards #2: We Follow (Because) We Are Virgins

Post (mortem) Cards #2: We Follow (Because) We Are Virgins

By Chloe Wilson I’m not sure what drew me to read the one- and two-star reviews for Palermo’s Catacombe dei Cappuccini (Capuchin Catacombs). Perhaps it was their inherent potential for absurdity — there’s something so tenaciously churlish in taking the time and effort...
Post (mortem) cards #1: Ohimè (Oh Me)

Post (mortem) cards #1: Ohimè (Oh Me)

By Chloe Wilson In Palermo, I came across a portrait of a rather unhappy-looking nun. The image was cluttered with accoutrements demonstrating her piety: a spindly bunch of white flowers, a crucifix, a crown of thorns. For all that, her expression was sullen, or...
Metal Gear Socialist

Metal Gear Socialist

By Mark Steven   In Lenin’s Plan for Monumental Propaganda, first announced in April 1918, we encounter a moment of direct, unmediated contact between state power and the aesthetic regime. Lenin’s objective was a public art that affirmed socialism by using the...
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