Reading Nostalgia

Reading Nostalgia

In the Disappearance issue of Spolia, Gus Iversen plays with the idea of nostalgia, making up condensed stories to go along with found photographs of unknown people. More of these stories have been collected under the title Nostalgia For Things That Never Change. As an epigraph for this collection, Iversen uses a quote from Aleksander Hemon: “All the lives I could live, all the people I will never know, never will be, they are everywhere. That is all the world is.”Continue Reading

Excerpt from “Where the Dark Is” by Geraldine Mills

Excerpt from “Where the Dark Is” by Geraldine Mills

Pilar is in her usual place by the entrance to the market, sitting with a dozen eggs in the nest of her black dress. Beside her is a crate of crawling caracoles, a jumble of pewter, watery bodies that emerge from their spiral shells up and over one another as they try to snail their way to freedom.Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Reading Lost Art

Reading Lost Art

Lost or damaged artworks form the interstitial space in the Disappearance issue of Spolia. Stolen, damaged, destroyed (sometimes by the artists themselves), or simply censored — the many ways in which works of art disappear raise questions pertaining to their place in art history. How do these lost artworks shape art history? How aware areContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Excerpt from “Erase and Rewind” by Tina Pisco

Excerpt from “Erase and Rewind” by Tina Pisco

“I brought the photo album,” he says taking a large binder and laying it across her lap. “The doctor said it might help. I also brought you some pictures the girls drew. They made you a tape too. Patty wants to visit. Laurie doesn’t really understand, but I think it’s better if we wait. Don’t you?” Continue Reading

Reading Amnesia

Reading Amnesia

In “Erase & Rewind,” Tina Pisco’s short story for the Disappearence issue of Spolia, memory is identity. The loss of memory is the loss of identity. Here, temporary amnesia is a chance to escape from a past that is slowly coming back, like a bad thriller caught on TV late at night. It is aContinue ReadingContinue Reading

An Excerpt from Gary Amdahl’s The Truth A and the Falsehood B

An Excerpt from Gary Amdahl’s The Truth A and the Falsehood B

When the strange noises began…early in the morning, Charles snug, cozy, dreaming deep meaningful dreams, meaningfully complex psychological dreams, not the insipid nightmares of a little boy…and the house to shake, and things to fall, with the discrete recognizable sounds of falling now and smashing to pieces later—he thought he could hear the falling of the object through the air,Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Excerpt from “The Slow Forgetting of Your Dreams” by Oscar Collazos

Excerpt from “The Slow Forgetting of Your Dreams” by Oscar Collazos

I remembered what my father had said when we had first arrived to the port town, when I was nearly eight. “Don’t mess with the Negroes,” he said. “Watch yourself. Know who you’re messing with.” I was going to school in those days. My father’s words kept going around in my head. The first day of school, I thoughtContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Reading Kristina Marie Darling

Reading Kristina Marie Darling

In from the Sun and Moon, Kristina Marie Darling’s contribution to the Disappearance issue of Spolia, the spectral makes its presence known both as content and as form. Darling’s writing makes reference to an invisible text — be it in the form of fragments or in the form of footnotes. Or any other form ofContinue ReadingContinue Reading

An Interview with Pamela Bannos

An Interview with Pamela Bannos

When I wanted someone to clear up some of the questions I had about Vivian Maier’s archive and the trouble I was having in piercing through this dreamy storyline of the nanny/secret photographer, sad spinster rescued by her male archivists that had been constructed, I asked Pamela Bannos. A photographer and a writer and aContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Excerpt from “The Vivian Mire” by Dmitry Samarov

Excerpt from “The Vivian Mire” by Dmitry Samarov

There has never been a discovery quite like Vivian Maier and there may never be one quite like her again. Everyone who happens upon it can find a piece or an angle that appeals or that they can identify with. The kind of privacy she kept to do her work may never be possible again in our over-surveilledContinue ReadingContinue Reading