Conjunctions: 57, Kin

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Nothing is more familiar, nothing more ineffable than the emotional prism, the blood knot that constitutes family. We can try to leave them, they can disinherit us, but there is no dispelling DNA, no true exile from that which binds us with our kin. In Conjunctions: 57, Kin, more than two dozen contributors, including Rick Moody, Karen Russell and Jonathan Lethem, explore the intricacies and knots of family ties. Essayist Karen Hays offers a meditation on a sledding outing with her children on the day that her ...

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Overview

Nothing is more familiar, nothing more ineffable than the emotional prism, the blood knot that constitutes family. We can try to leave them, they can disinherit us, but there is no dispelling DNA, no true exile from that which binds us with our kin. In Conjunctions: 57, Kin, more than two dozen contributors, including Rick Moody, Karen Russell and Jonathan Lethem, explore the intricacies and knots of family ties. Essayist Karen Hays offers a meditation on a sledding outing with her children on the day that her son's first pet dies, contemplating everything from Euclidean geometry to the algorithm used in credit card encryption to the "wintry vista" of infinity. Micaela Morrissette weighs in with a Calvinoesque portrait of two siblings whose powers far exceed the everyday. This special issue of Conjunctions addresses the labyrinthine nature of kinship through essays, fiction and poetry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780941964739
  • Publisher: Bard College Publications Office
  • Publication date: 12/31/2011
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Edited Bradford Morrow

Editor's Note 7

A Family Restaurant Karen Russell 8

Falling Sallie Tisdale 31

Rapid Transit Rick Moody 39

Two Poems Rae Armantrout 50

32 Lemmas Karen Hays 53

Scott & Ben Robert Clark 86

Swim for the Little One First Noy Holland 105

Interrupted Elegy (translated from Spanish by Eliot Weinberger) Octavio Paz 116

Mother Box Sarah Blackman 119

The Clouds, The Apples, Their Lives Ann Beattie 125

Charlie Moon's Last Performance Clark Knowles 133

Shhhhhh, Arthur's Studying Peter Omer 144

Lamentation Rachel Tzvia Back 147

Deceit Joyce Carol Oates 170

From The Spokes Miranda Mellis 195

Father & Sons Robert Kelly 211

The Secondary Confessions Aurelie Sheehan 215

You'll Be Sorry A D Jameson 238

Through the Rivers Andrew Mossin 249

Sin (translated from Chinese by Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping) Can Xue 266

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, on la Mort Micaela Morrissette 277

Four Stories Andrew R. Touhy 297

The Dwindling Diane Greco Josefowicz 307

Buddy (translated from French by Edward Gauvin) Georges-Olivier Chateaureynaud 326

From Fifth-Giade Ophelia Gracie Leavitt 335

Fathers in Their Old Age: A Primer Christie Hodgen 340

Quality of Life in Switzerland Scott Geiger 355

Uncle Lou Elizabeth Hand 365

Notes on Contributors 379

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