A magazine of LIT + ART.
When the alarms go off, we abandon our children on strangers' porches. Our Tigers, our Big Guys, our Champs watch from behind hollow eyeholes as we flee into the night, screaming and free. They cry out, "Daddy, daddy, wait!"
Zombie Girl can't cook. Can't look at the TV. Can't find the remote for all the singing in her head. The blankets singe against her skin. The thin membrane of her wearing away like a blister at her heel. The real beginning of the story not death, but disengagement.
After snaking one-by-one through narrow passages, we come to what Felix calls a room. We’re sixty feet below Earth’s surface, and he says that this is it. When he turns out the lights, we will experience pure darkness. But first, we must sit, he says, so that we don’t wander and plummet to our deaths.
Gunvor Nervold Antonsen lives and works in Rollag and Oslo, Norway. The 42-year-old artist weaves together fabric, clay, plaster, wood, paint, pencil, and found objects into sprawling installations that swallow the viewer whole. The artwork spills out from its container (even when viewed from a computer screen), as if it were plucked straight from the artist's hands and inserted directly into the viewer's imagination—where it lives on and on.
Harriet Lee Merrion's pastels will woo you into submission. Her delicate line work will leave you dumbstruck. But Harriet's subject matter will jolt you awake and send you scurrying to make art of your own.
Courtney Mattison is an artist and ocean advocate working to inspire policy makers and the public to conserve our changing seas. Our Changing Seas III is the third in Courtney's series of large-scale ceramic coral reef installations. Arthur Evans documented her important work beautifully, so sit back, lose yourself, and let's all swim in the sea of Courtney's creations together.
When you’re here, you should check your idea of reading as a status symbol at the door and enjoy yourself. We prefer art that keeps it simple while packing a punch, and we think art and culture is best enjoyed with enthusiasm that hasn’t been dipped in ten-dollar words.
Our online magazine isn’t our print mag’s subordinate—it’s a living, breathing publication that’s accessible to anyone (with internet access) at any time at no cost. And by pairing all of our writing with art, we’re not just making our website pretty—we’re making reading more approachable on the whole.
The world’s full of misfits channeling their creativity in ways that give gatekeepers nightmares. Much as we’d like to tilt our heads toward the slush pile and default to the excuse of “we work with what we’re given,” that’s complacent, and complacency is uncool.