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Issue Three
April 2023

Issue Three arrives in fuchsia. In its pages: medieval wind power, Forensic Architecture, Climate commentary as tragedy & farce, fashionable fascism, Ukrainian jokes, romance in Kuala Lumpur, words and worlds found in translation. Who guards the dream of Europe?

Found in translation
The Editors

Or, the art of the error

From the editors
An archeology of the air
Marisa Libbon

On Havelok the Dane, medieval air & the world’s largest wind farm

Tragedy & farce in climate commentary
Ingo Venzke

« We are fucked » vs. « It’s not too late ». The Club of Rome’s Earth for All offers a burst of stubborn optimism. But when does stubborn optimism become cruel optimism?

An axe to grind should make you sharper
Fernanda Eberstadt

Forensic Architecture charts state-organized crimes, genocide and other disasters in three dimensions. «Flat maps can’t convey the politics of water and shit.»

The Mass of Mies
Rem Koolhaas

« Less is more »? The scale and shape of his body gave the architect Mies van der Rohe an unequaled weight and architectural authority.

The inborn germ
Philippe Huneman

Why death? Who or what dies? Philosophers tend not to explain, but to justify. When do such questions become biological questions? Does it help?

The art of losing
Elina Nerantzi

On artificial intelligence, murderous elephants & Elizabeth Bishop

No man’s land
Sarah Watling

On Edda Mussolini & fashionable fascism. Can a woman be dangerous yet powerless?

The invention of austerity
Charles S. Maier

Dramatic economic inflations have punctuated twentieth-century political history. Is austerity a class strategy?

The pulverization of memory
Eloisa Morra

Write your memoir in a hostile tongue. On Marina Jarre, from Latvia to Italy and back.

Perhentian Sunrise
Preeta Samarasan

A story about romance. « The eve of a suitor’s arrival, bigger than Christmas or birthday, I tell you. »

Doom is in the details
Peter Frederick Matthews

Floods, hailstorms, plague, fire, children lost on a mountain or trapped for years in a ruined villa. On the stories of Adalbert Stifter.

Beamer, Dressman, Bodybag
Alexander Wells

On the unexpected joys of Denglisch, Berlinglish & global Englisch. « My own language, made camp. »

The cemetery-goer
Walter Grünzweig

On the travels of Karl-Markus Gauß, and the unlikely guardians of the dream of Europe.

« My ghost, we do no batshit »
Oksana Forostyna

On the untranslatability of Ukrainian jokes

How to people a landscape
Christy Wampole

On Cyril Schäublin’s Unrueh (2022), cinema & scale. « No other film has so resized me. »