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Issue 99

Image Issue 99 mailed in mid-December—our last issue in double-digits!

The cover features the art of Jonathan Anderson, who disrupts the surfaces of his architectural paintings with streaks of paint. They’re strangely beautiful; they also force you to stop and think about what you’re doing when you look a painting.

Katie Kresser’s essay “Christ as Chimera” investigates strange and even monstrous images of Jesus from across art history—from the second-century Alexamenos graffito to Andres Serrano—and argues that works like these can help us more deeply understand both the incarnation and the all-encompassing nature of the cosmic Christ.

James K.A. Smith’s debut editorial statement, “In Praise of Boredom,” argues for the capacity of art to help us slow down.

Producer and singer-songwriter Joe Henry interviews Linford Detweiler of Over the Rhine.

Samuel Martin reviews story collections by Kirstin Valdez Quade, Chanelle Benz, and Melissa Kuipers.

Recent Image Milton fellow Sonya Bilocerkowycz on the most famous Ukrainian restaurant in America—and how following the threads of history can lead to uncomfortable truths.

Plus an anonymous essay by a writer who has taken fiction writer Denis Johnson as his patron saint.

Two short stories, by Miriam Cohen and Andrew Graff, explore the aftermath of growing up in—and then leaving—two different restrictive religious subcultures.

With poems by Rafael Campo, Daniel Tobin, Gina Franco, Lauren Camp, and John Blair.

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