By Will Chancellor
NOV 2020 | Fiction
We turn to international fiction for new voices, new worlds, and new perspectives. But beyond the new, theres another feature that I find myself in dire need of right now: external gravity. This month we publish excerpts from two recent selections in Archipelago Books expansive map of world literature. The first story, Igifu, by Rwandan writer Scholastique Mukasonga, makes physical the weight of hunger (igifu) and shows how lack can become the center around which a family orbits. The second selection is an excerpt from Colombian novelist Tomás Gonzálezs Difficult Light. The novel consists of thirty three meditations on family and beauty, told by a painter looking up from the gravity well of grief. Both Mukasonga and González write with profound depth and make us question whether the center were wheeling around is really so central, so inescapable after all.
By Daniel Krane
NOV 2020 | Theater
How can we find assurance and community in our upside down world? It is an especially taxing effort for theater artists, whose work and livelihoods depend on collaboration and communion. Enter the Working Group for a New Spirit, playwright Agnes Borinskys free initiative that offers a virtual home for transient artists, seminars in how to take stock of our lives, and more. Daniel Krane dives into this efforta series of gatherings for clarity and direction in our messy moment of distance and collapsethat the Bushwick Starr is hosting now through December 7.