Winner of the 2007 PEN/Nora Magid Award for Excellence in Literary Editing. Winner of a 2007 O. Henry Prize for Best Short Story. Winner of two 2007 Pushcart Prizes for Fiction, and four Special Mentions. Honored with two 2007 Harper's Readings selections. And now, in spring 2008, Conjunctions publishes its milestone fiftieth issue and offers readers a chance to discover once more why it is the most celebrated and provocative literary journal on the scene today.
For this issue of the esteemed literary journal Conjunctions, editor Bradford Morrow invited award-winning writer David Shields to gather work from a diverse cross-section of contemporary authors to address the theme of death. The subject prompted responses ranging from the profound to the jocular.
In this special issue of Conjunctions, the very idea of self is tackled in fiction and poetry that investigates everything from innocent misperception to studied deception, delusion to fraud, crazed misdemeanors to premeditated crime.
Some people hate them, others are terrified of them. Still others find them filthy, noisy, congested, ugly and downright uninhabitable. But those who choose to live in cities often have a far more complex relationship with their steel and glass environment--an attachment that often mingles irritation with affection, fear with calm, a desire to leave with the imperative to stay.
Imaginary voyages are as old as literature itself. In the spirit of the ancient mythographer Euhemerus and such imaginary voyagers as Jonathan Swift, Italo Calvino, Daniel Defoe and Bruce Chatwin, Conjunctions 56: Terra Incognita, Imaginary Voyages gathers the outlandish testaments and peripatetic observations of contemporary writers who have been Elsewhere.
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.
The Riveted issue of Conjunctions explores the world of fixation through previously unpublished fiction, poetry and essays. Compulsion, it seems, is as limitless as the imagination itself. Even the most disciplined among us has at some moment been the spellbound prey of the irresistible, has been influenced by an idée fixe so dynamic and overwhelming as to make life itself shrink into the background.