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The (Im)possibility of Literature as the Possibility of Ethics

Once upon a time, Orpheus promised he would make Eurydice live again. Once upon a time, in a book, I promised I would prove I exist. Only literature is capable of fulfilling such promises. Nemanja Mitrović writes diligently and convincingly about how these promises prove that the birth of ethics is possible from the spirit […]

Pure and Faultless Elation Emerging from Hiding

« Lim Lee Ching’s poems resemble no other work coming from Singapore today, yet these are the poems for which Singapore has quietly yearned. In some ways, the work in this new collection is a throwback to a tradition that stretches from the early twentieth century, its revolutions of the word, to the touchingly opaque […]

Bejn Sħab u Duħħan

Bejn Sħab u Duħħan (Between Clouds and Smoke) brings together the body of work in video, photography and drawing-painting entitled Terrain Vague by artist Vince Briffa, and a reflective essay entitled Tryst as a reaction to the work by philosopher Michael Zammit. Terrain Vague encapsulates the artist’s continued interest in trying to define a co-existence of realities in conditions of vagueness. […]

je me touche

« Since its earliest appearances in 1932, Flann O’Brien’s ‘John Duffy’s Brother’ has fascinated and troubled readers, very often simultaneously. Jeremy Fernando has offered, for the first time, an extended meditation on the internal life and times of John Duffy’s brother — an identity so anonymous, so approximate to each of our selves that we […]

Why Hasn’t JB Already Disappeared

« Forget meaning and with it the subject … Beauty will be amnesiac or will not be at all » — Sylvère Lotringer   This book is an attempt to respond to a text message, a textual call — to a missive sent by Tombie Rautenbach that arrived at three in the morning on 7 […]

What Matter Who’s Speaking: Residue

‘What Matter Who’s Speaking’ is a fragmentary work by Jonathan Bennett Bonilla positioned between poetry and philosophy. Central to its interrogation is the question: where do we go to speak to the dead? WMWS is a set of rooms sealed shut. A series comprised of leftovers and remnants of work from the artist’s studio, ‘Residue’ is […]

in fidelity

I see that you are a natural inhabitant of the testament country. But not as a ghost: you seem to be highly alive as you “are” writing death — writing death to death —  — Hélène Cixous   Your book brilliantly explores the possibility that love, like art, might offer us that most exciting and […]

Vivre avec l’art

par Jeremy Fernando illustré par Yanyun Chen traduit par Daniel Kwang Guan Chan   Davantage un geste barthésien qu’une simple collection de significations ou de pensées stabilisées, cette œuvre de Fernando présente au lecteur une véritable phénoménologie de ruptures et d’écarts et lui offre un voyage magnifiquement stimulant dans les expériences et l’inconnaissabilité fondamentale de […]

An Apple a Day …

” … Neither Jeremy Fernando nor Julian Gough are literally concerned with the nominal subjects of their respective contributions to this book; that much seems clear, if anything can be clear in the face of their extravagant attempts to take perhaps the dominant icon of contemporary capitalism – the iPhone (and its variants) – and […]

On Thinking with ― Scientists, Sciences, and Isabelle Stengers

In her lecture entitled ‘Cosmopolitics: Learning to Think with Sciences, Peoples, Natures’, Isabelle Stengers issues a challenge for us to rethink our relationality with the world: to move from an anthropocentric conception – one of her main critiques is the casting of Nature as a “loving mother,” as if we are its offspring – to […]