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No pity
Sander Pleij

The documentary When spring came to Bucha reaches beyond common representations of war and one-dimensional victimhood.

Pearl
Back to the office
Stephan Petermann, Ruth Baumeister & Marieke van den Heuvel

From the office of the future to the office of the past.

Pearl
Planes, tanks & automobiles
Pete Kowalczyk

Old maps, new wars & vanishing memories along the Polish-Ukrainian border.

Essay
What is a pillar?
Rem Koolhaas

In 2010, OMA was invited to take part in a competition for the Damascus National Museum. It was part of a concerted effort to establish connections with Bashar al-Assad, toward a political « rapprochement ». Three months later, the entire effort was cancelled. Civil war was about to break out.

Essay
To see a city
Alexander Wells

« What if all fictional characters from novels continue to dwell somewhere, just like the dead? » Daniela Hodrová’s City of Torment (Trýznivé město) is a magical-realist trilogy set in Prague. Her fragmented narratives, sewn together, make something deeply European.

Review
All is not vanity
Noga Arikha

Lose, delete, restore. What to remember when everything is always, forever, in a digital now?

Essay
On learning to write again
Adania Shibli

Ramallah, downtown, fifth floor. The phone rings and the caller’s number appears on the screen. It’s an unknown number. And yet a call that comes at this hour must be answered.

تعلُّم الكتابة من جديد
Adania Shibli

رام الله، وسط البلد، الطابق الخامس. يرن الهاتف ويظهر رقم المتّصل على الشاشة. إنه ليس لأحد معارفنا، فالرقم غير معروف. مع ذلك، يتطلّبُ اتصال هاتفي في ساعة مبكِّرةٍ كهذه الردَّ عليه.

Essay
설탕생쥐
Kim Hyesoon / 김혜순

A poem, plus a note on tongue-like mice and the translation of mice-like tongues.

Sugar Mouse
Kim Hyesoon / 김혜순

A poem, plus a note on tongue-like mice and the translation of mice-like tongues

Pearl
The prodigal half-rooster
Linda Kinstler

When they were first released, Maggie Nelson’s On Freedom and Lea Ypi’s Free spoke past one another from half a world away. But both ask whether the many freedoms we enjoy mean anything if they are not practiced in public, and if they are not passed on—and whether the word « freedom » means anything at all.

Review
A breast is a breast is a breast
Alide Cagidemetrio
To contemplate Pompeii is to contemplate archeology in its most extreme form, framed by the wish not only for discovery, but for resurrection.
Essay
The Ogre, the Monk and the Maiden
Margaret Drabble

A story about quarks and antiquarks, beauty quarks and strangelets, gluons, muons, prions, hadrons and charms.

Story
Welcome to the ERB

A greeting from the editors. We hope you like what we’ve made.

From the editors
A kayak in Zierikzee
George Blaustein

Was a Dutch town founded by Inuits in the 9th century? On American discoveries of Europe.

Essay
Optimize this headline for Google*
Alexander Fanta

Google’s rise to dominance can seem inevitable, and its power over publishers monolithic. Yet Google’s wanton disruption of publishing resembles evolution more than intelligent design. Journalists, publishers, regulators, and scholars are left grappling with our new, random god.

Optimiere diese Schlagzeile für Google*
Alexander Fanta

Googles Dominanz erscheint heute unausweichlich. Googles mutwillige Störung des Verlagswesens ähnelt eher der Evolution als intelligentem Design. Journalisten, Verleger, Regulierungsbehörden und Wissenschaftler müssen mit ihrer neuen, chaotischen Gottheit zu Recht kommen.

Essay
A messy optical process
Iris Cuppen

On orthodoxies & heresies of typography. To serif, or sans-serif?

Essay
Why we write
Ali Smith

A letter to George Orwell. « All narrative is hypnotic. Some narratives are more hypnotic than others. Because of you, we can be conscious of the kinds and the workings of the narratives that set out to deaden us, lessen us, make us lie, make us part of the lie. »

Essay
By misadventure
David Mitchell

A short story about vertigo from the author of Utopia Avenue, Cloud Atlas and Black Swan Green. « Possibly a dare, or a rite of passage, hung in the air. Remember their age: most late teenagers are immortal. »

Story
Beyond thalassophobia
Walter Grünzweig

German vice-chancellor Robert Habeck has more than twenty books to his name: fiction, drama, literary criticism, and non-fiction. It is tempting to read his fiction for glimpses of Green political futures, and his literary criticism for similar clues. How experimental can a literary politician be?

Essay
On learning to write again
Adania Shibli

Ramallah, downtown, fifth floor. The phone rings and the caller’s number appears on the screen. It’s an unknown number. And yet a call that comes at this hour must be answered.

تعلُّم الكتابة من جديد
Adania Shibli

رام الله، وسط البلد، الطابق الخامس. يرن الهاتف ويظهر رقم المتّصل على الشاشة. إنه ليس لأحد معارفنا، فالرقم غير معروف. مع ذلك، يتطلّبُ اتصال هاتفي في ساعة مبكِّرةٍ كهذه الردَّ عليه.

Essay
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