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LATEST ISSUE OF CONJUNCTIONS FEATURES LEADING CONTEMPORARY WRITERS ON THE CREATIVE ESSAY Conjunctions:46, Selected Subversions: Essays on the World at Large, Includes Essays from William H. Gass, Rick Moody, Honor Moore, Shelley Jackson, John D’Agata, Ned Rorem, and Diane Ackerman, as well as a Portfolio of Previously Unpublished and Unproduced Work by World-Renowned Filmmakers The Quay Brothers.

Mark Primoff
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.–Much like its literary cousins fiction and poetry, the creative essay has recently undergone revolutionary change in the hands of some of its most innovative practitioners. To explore the boundaries and nuances of this evolving form, the latest issue of Conjunctions—the literary magazine published by Bard College—gathers specially commissioned works from some of the world’s leading contemporary writers and artists. Conjunctions:46, Selected Subversions: Essays on the World at Large includes essays from William H. Gass on mimesis, Rick Moody on Pete Townshend, Honor Moore on a lost uncle, John D’Agata on Las Vegas suicides and the number 10,000, and Diane Ackerman on the metaphysics of soccer, among many other artists taking aim on a range of topics. The new issue also features photographic essays by Rosamond Purcell, and a special portfolio of previously unpublished and unproduced scenarios by world-renowned filmmakers The Quay Brothers. “An essay is a medium of analysis whose end result is to change things, to alter, assai. Because it is meant to be revelatory, is meant to make an assault on certitudes; it is by its very nature subversive,” writes Bradford Morrow, Conjunctions editor, novelist, and Bard literature professor. “What we have attempted to explore here, to assay, are the possibilities of the form beyond the genial declarative sentences that conspire to become the polite essay. We have gone for a range. If some of the essays don’t seem to be essays, think of them as assays and see where they lead.” Selected Subversions is coedited by Rikki Ducornet, Morrow, and Robert Polito and features a painting by the great American poet Kenneth Rexroth on the cover. The collection also features essays by Sven Birkerts on Bob Dylan, Anne Carson on Joseph Beuys, John Crowley on peace, Paul West on illness and recovery, Forrest Gander on a trip to remote Chile, Kenneth Gross on puppetry, Robert Harbison on travel, Robin Hemley on photography and memoir, Fanny Howe on evil words, Shelley Jackson on Cock Robin and taxidermy, Matthew Kirby on the bodies of fathers, Michael Logan on the cover-up of a Vietnam soldier’s death, Martine Bellen on Japanese anime movies, Geoffrey O’Brien on the history of religion, Ned Rorem on why music matters, Joanna Scott on glancing, David Shields on aging and dying, and Eliot Weinberger on Muhammad. Conjunctions is edited by Bradford Morrow and published twice yearly by Bard College. To order a copy, call the Conjunctions office at 845-758-1539 or write to Conjunctions, Bard College, P.O. Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000. Visit the Conjunctions website at [Note to editors: To obtain review copies, please call Mark Primoff at 845-758-7412 or e-mail] # # # (5.01.06)

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