ISSUES | fall 2007

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30.3 (Fall 2007): "Exposed"

Featuring work by Jennifter Atkinson, Shashi Bhat, Joanne Diaz, Gary Fincke, J. Malcolm Garcia, Kerry Hardie, Tom Ireland, David Lawrence Morse, Giulio Mozzi (translated by Elizabeth Harris Behling), an interview with Julian Barnes, and Kris Somerville’s feature on the satirical art of George Grosz.

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Nonfiction

Sep 01 2007

The Pending Disaster

“I can hardly believe it myself.”

Anne, my girlfriend, is talking to a neighbor on the phone while I open a bottle of wine in the next room.

“You can hardly believe what?” I ask when she’s off the phone. “Sorry, I couldn’t help overhearing.”

Her hesitation. The look of being caught off guard. “Not that I’m getting cold feet or anything. But what if I move in with you and it turns out that we liked each other better before? It’s not like we can go back to living separately again and everything will be the same — you said so yourself.”

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Art

Sep 01 2007

The Satirical Art of George Grosz

Berlin artist George Grosz dressed with an air of art-school irony in a variety of costumes — a cowboy hat and spurs, a powdered face, rouged cheeks and lips and a padded, checkered jacket, or a rakish-looking Fedora and an American gangster-styled suit. But the role the young artist played most often was that of the dandified idler, with spats and walking stick, as he joined fellow artists at Café des Westerns to gossip, debate, play chess and drink coffee and spiked lemonade.

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Interviews

Sep 01 2007

A Conversation with Julian Barnes

[On the genesis of his novel Arthur & George] You think someone’s guilty, you believe they’re guilty, but how can you know they’re guilty, how can you prove they’re guilty? This tied in, I realized, with Conan Doyle’s black hole of emotions, this secret area of his life, which had never been written about before, probably because there was no documentary evidence — these ten years when he was involved with another woman while his wife was suffering from tuberculosis.