A Menagerie by Bradford Morrow & Benjamin Hale

A Menagerie

By Bradford Morrow & Benjamin Hale

  • Publication Date: 2014-01-21
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature

Book Summary

Conjunctions: 61, A Menagerie gathers essays, fiction, and poetry that imagine the world of our fellow beings, animals. Cultural mythologies and pantheons are populated with snakes, monkeys, cats, jackals, whales: a cast of characters whose stories reveal how complex and wildly contradictory our species’ relationship with other animals is. They’re friends, enemies, tools, food. Descartes deliberated about whether animals have souls, deciding they didn’t. Linnaeus cataloged them. Darwin connected us to them. Wild or tame, sinless or soulless, the animal is a chimera of shifting identities, both mundane and mysterious. Featuring interviews with William S. Burroughs and Temple Grandin, essays by animal experimenters Vint Virga and Dale Peterson, fiction by Russell Banks and Joyce Carol Oates, and work by many others, this collection of imaginative new writing offers uncaged access to the lives of the nonhuman creatures that surround us.
Conjunctions is striking. . . . A rich collection which balances well-known writers with exciting new ones.” —The New York Times Book Review
Conjunctions offers a showplace for some of the most exciting and demanding writers now at work.” —The Washington Post
“Arguably the most distinguished journal of prose and poetry in America.” —Elle
“A must read.” —The Village Voice  
“One of the very best literary magazines in North America. If you like good reading that’s also provocative and original, naturally you would be reading Conjunctions.” —Joyce Carol Oates
“The last avant-garde literary journal . . . with a wide-bore vision and a still vital role to play in the publishing of younger and unknown writers is, after all, venerable . . .Conjunctions is still the bellwether of non-aligned excellence.” —Martin Earl
Conjunctions is a major magazine, possibly the last print journal deserving that designation in America.” —Ron Silliman
“One of our most distinctive and valuable literary magazines. The fiction, poetry, criticism, drama, and art is sometimes described as ‘experimental,’ but we would also say innovative, daring, indispensable, and beautiful.” —PEN American Center
“One of the most widely recognized and respected venues for serious poetry, prose, plays, interviews, and criticism.” —Context
Bradford Morrow is the editor of Conjunctions and the recipient of the PEN/Nora Magid Award for excellence in literary editing. The author of six novels, his most recent books include the novel The Diviner’s Tale (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and the fiction collection The Uninnocent (Pegasus Books). He is currently at work on a collaboration with virtuoso guitarist Alex Skolnick, A Bestiary. A Bard Center fellow and professor of literature at Bard College, he lives in New York City. Benjamin Hale is the author of the novel The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore (Twelve) and the recipient of the Bard Fiction Prize and a Michener-Copernicus award. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Conjunctions, Harper’s, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He teaches at Bard College.

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