Excerpt from “Under the Surface” by Mojca Kumerdej

Excerpt from “Under the Surface” by Mojca Kumerdej

She knew all too well that she came first, that you loved her more than you loved me. Often I noticed a mocking smile in her big bright eyes when you hugged her while I was waiting my turn. The little one could be mean, very mean and conspiratorial. She kept making up totally untrue things: like, for example, that she didn’t get the food that she wanted that day, or that I had promised to her the day before, and that I slapped her a few times because she didn’t obey me at the shopping center when she tore herself away from my arms only to attract attention. The employees had to search for her using the loudspeaker, and the shop assistants were rummaging and poking about among the coat hangers together with me, until they finally found her in the sportswear department.Continue Reading

Excerpt from “Depression: The Evolutionary Case” by Curtis White

Excerpt from “Depression: The Evolutionary Case” by Curtis White

Premise four: Because the depressed person finds no possibility for life within the cloistered limits of the normal, she becomes radically open to other possibilities. She opens herself to the random. In this way, the depressed person becomes the portal of the beautiful. She becomes the creator of counter-worlds, other places where she might be able to live withoutContinue Reading

A Reading List for “The Mind”

A Reading List for “The Mind”

If you read enough about materialism, you start to wonder if you accidentally picked up an intelligent design book. The language is weirdly similar: we are all machines, we have no free will. It’s just that in materialism, there is a scientific explanation for why this is so, rather than a religious one. The materialistContinue Reading

Excerpt from “Compliant,” by Daphne Gottlieb

Excerpt from “Compliant,” by Daphne Gottlieb

She does not miss the swampy smell of One Eye, or the ragged rasp of John’s breath from the closet. She does not miss the click of 72’s footsteps, pacing the street outside her home. Did you hear that? she would ask. Her family never heard anything.Continue Reading

Announcing Issue Eight: The Mind

Announcing Issue Eight: The Mind

Your brain is like a computer. How many times do we read this obnoxious statement in contemporary science and philosophy? Your brain is a computer, your body is a machine. You are just some parts, cobbled together, functioning until you do not. Here is why you love: it is hormones and endorphins and a driveContinue Reading

Misha Semenov on Theories of Literary Translation

Misha Semenov on Theories of Literary Translation

Born in San Francisco to Russian parents, Misha Semenov is currently studying Translation and Urban Design at Princeton University. Misha wants English-language readers to truly experience Russian poetry, its waves of sound, its rhythms, its cadences, and its rhymes, and thus believes in the importance of keeping the meter and rhyme in his translations asContinue Reading

Hysterical Speech with Mats Kempe

Hysterical Speech with Mats Kempe

Mats Kempe, a Swedish writer little known in the States unfortunately, contributed two pieces to our Hysteria issue. (You can read an excerpt from “Concepts” here.) Here he discusses writing and other hysterical states with his translator, BJ Epstein.Continue Reading

Lia Mills Speaks About our Chapbook Series

Lia Mills Speaks About our Chapbook Series

At the launch for Mia Gallagher’s Spoils chapbook “Quasimodo,” the writer Lia Mills gave this rousing introduction, in support of the written word, the short story, the physical object. And if you are so inspired after reading Mills’s piece, you can then buy copies of our chapbook in our store.Continue Reading

Read an excerpt from Mats Kempe’s “Concepts”

Read an excerpt from Mats Kempe’s “Concepts”

The Swedish writer Mats Kempe has two pieces running in the Hysteria issue of Spolia, both translated by B.J. Epstein. Below is an excerpt from the abstract yet emotionally complex “Concepts”:Continue Reading

The Hysteria of Multiple Personality Disorder

The Hysteria of Multiple Personality Disorder

Your therapist is probably giving you multiple personality disorder. Oh sure, he’s going to deny it. He will say you obviously had some problems to begin with, and that he just uncovered the form they’re taking and their source. And there you will be, disassociated into several different personalities. People you don’t know will greetContinue Reading