SEPT 2023 | Fiction
Cortezs short story, The Year of the Self, centers on a protagonist struggling to recover from a breakup. Its a familiar premise, but in this case, executed with a fresh vision and voice, as the story resists being driven by causality. Instead, its told in impressionistic fragments. We watch the narrator push through the mundanity of everyday life while trying to find ways to shirk the weight of her grief. As the story progresses, the narrator ascribes a kind of existential profundity to the most everyday misfortuneswhether she's stepping in dog shit or getting a yeast infection. The result is a story more wry and sparkling than melancholy.
By Charlotte Kent
MAY 2023 | Editor's Message
The words we bring to art intend, at best, to translate the perceptual realm into the linguistic, anchoring sensation through definition. But, as we all know, that often doesnt occur. The well known essay, International Art English by Alix Rule and David Levine skewers that premise, as does Tom Wolfes The Painted Word (1975) nearly forty years earlier, and a decade before that Susan Sontags Against Interpretation resisted languages simulacrum of art. So on, down the line. And yet, words also serve to support, promote, highlight, associate, and adore the art they describe.