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The Sun Never Sets: Mapping Digital-Colonialism

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The Sun Never Sets: Mapping Digital-Colonialism

By Audrey Molloy     Modernity relies on critique to reinvent itself and to justify colonial exploitation, creating new hybrids and paradoxes and finding new ways to look at the world and our relationship to the past. — Irmgard Emmelhainz, “Decolonization as the Horizon of Political Action” (2016)   Despite contemporary verbiage that posits the…

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One Can Indeed Not Account

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One Can Indeed Not Account

By Bailey Romaine     “…there are many difficulties to be reckoned with in the recollection of things.” – W.G. Sebald[1]   The California sea hare, a variety of sea slug, lives in the intertidal zone – the strip where land and sea meet. When the tide goes out the sea hare moves gelatinously along…

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Casus

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Casus

By Stephanie DeMer     $2M+ Major Sales and Loan Transactions_11-2017 BELMONT INFRACO LLC THE BELMONT ARIZONA COMPANY LLC LKY REAL ESTATE BELMONT LLC MT LEMMON HOLDINGS LLC BELMONT INFRACO LLC   The language of survival and of the future is parceled by transactions,  partnerships and percentage controls of vacant land.  In some not-so-dark corners…

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Warped

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Warped

By Talia Moscovitz     From the age of 14, I have been an active witness to the sudden seizure and slow retreat of time as my mother experienced it; as her memories overlapped, I have retraced her life along with her. Time was a tide that both receded into the distance and flooded the present.   These photographs…

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Pulse (Five ways of looking at my grandfather’s dog tags from the Great War)

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Pulse (Five ways of looking at my grandfather’s dog tags from the Great War)

by Gloria Ballard     Treasure. In a back corner of a drawer of a desk that had come from my father’s parents’ house, there was a small cardboard box, gritty with dust from years of waiting idly, untouched. Inside the box were two military dog tags tied together on a stained, brown cord. The…

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Witch Bottles and Satellites

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Witch Bottles and Satellites

By Jesse Ring     Witch Bottles, stoneware vessels used in 17th century England to place protective spells and block incantations of ill will, are complex relics that serve as both functional craft and decorative art object. When used to contain an ephemeral magic relic, the physicality of the bottle gives the elusive magic a…

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Editorial: Issue 97

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Editorial: Issue 97

By Kris Bespalec-Davis   Objects and images, preserved in archives, or immaterial and memorialized in the annals of memory: these are Relics.   They are evocative, even provocative, and, through miraculous belief, these cultural traces and markers of personal identity persevere. They channel people, places, events, and ideas from the recent and distant past. They…

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Taurus crockettensis: A Tennessee Relic

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Taurus crockettensis: A Tennessee Relic

By Beauvais Lyons   More than 5,000 years ago, curious mammals with the body of a raccoon and a broad head and horns resembling those of a bull traveled in packs as they roamed the woodlands and fields of Tennessee. Today, we recognize these creatures as the bull-raccoon or what zoologists refer to as Taurus…

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Transmutations: I was baptized in a bathtub with glitter

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Transmutations: I was baptized in a bathtub with glitter

By Liz Scofield     “I choose to believe in magic,” I say, “Why not? It’s as real and not real as anything else. As you, or me.” I am folded into her, tucked into a dark corner of a bar. I like when a babe can hold my softness. “Why not choose more beauty?…

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Slides and Relics

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Slides and Relics

By Kerr Houston     Let’s begin by imagining a scene. In a solemn, darkened chamber, an expectant crowd gazes upward. The general mood might be called reverential. Above glows a rich golden amber light that seems imbued with a distinct power, an ability to dissolve earthly limits or to embody other worlds. And now…

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