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Issue 90

Featuring Sedrick Huckaby’s loving, monumental portraits of his family and neighbors in Fort Worth. Morgan Meis considers the provocative installation art of confessional British superstar Tracey Emin, whose beds, tents, quilts, and fabric art conceal a warm heart under a prickly exterior. Camellia Freeman reads Ta-Nehisi Coates, Maggie Nelson, and Christina Crosby, and considers what Christians can learn from atheists. In fiction: Uzbek writer Hamid Ismailov’s fable about a holy man and a mermaid, and Valerie Sayers’s story spanning the decades between Black Power and Black Lives Matter—from the point of view of a sleepy lowcountry town. Jonathan McGregor remembers his youthful exploration of the Internet, his ensuing love of Kierkegaard, and how it grew. Martha Park considers electrocution and the pursuit of holiness in Tennessee. Hugh Cook interviews Canadian Mennonite novelist and First Nations advocate Rudy Wiebe. Work in translation supported by a grant from the NEA.

Prayer to the Holy Louse


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The Patron Saint of Losers


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Web Exclusive: A Love Supreme: The Surprising Art of Sedrick Huckaby


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Atheist Bodies


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Roman Charity


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The Charged World


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The Thorn and the Heart: Anxiety, Irony, and Faith


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A Conversation with Rudy Wiebe


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The Empty Bed: Tracey Emin and the Persistent Self


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Ecstatic Dislocation: The Art of Sedrick Huckaby


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Manual for the Would-Be Saint


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The Wolf of Gubbio


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The Death of Barabbas


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[A soft, slow smell rises up]


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[You bind my hands with saliva]


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[Do you remember the seraphim]


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Father Rodney


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Salt of Sodom


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Go Gentle


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double exposure of the top of a verdant green tree branching onto a pale blue sky, overlaid with a photo of five-petaled white flowers in a cluster on top.

Imagineer of Variety


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At Heaven’s Rim


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Every One Such as I


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Glowworm


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Some Small Bone


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Field


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After Hearing That a Friend Visiting Israel for the First Time Asked Her Private Tour Guide, “Where Is the Garden of Eden?”


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are you my god


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Prodigal


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Pont des Arts


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The Assumption of Miriam from a Winter Street, 1942


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[Honey lives only]


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Fighting Fish


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Tidal Wave


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The Dervish and the Mermaid


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