Issue 61 | December 2019

            The last issue of the decade.

            Anthems for Bored Youth: On Lars Iyer’s Nietzsche and the Burbs

            In an 1886 addendum to The Birth of Tragedy, his first book, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, “today I find it an impossible book—badly written, clumsy, and embarrassing.” The book,…

            Chekhov’s Silence

            I picked up Checkhov’s story “The Kiss” as an undergraduate who had never read a Russian author. The story has a fairly simple plot: along with his artillery brigade, Staff-Captain…

            Travels with My Daughter: the Himalayas

            In October ’72 my ten-year-old daughter, Veronica, and I attempted to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla for the Khumbu trek to Thangyboche monastery, which lies at over 12,600 ft., across…

            The Jokes Always Saved Us: Humor in the Time of Stalin

            Jokes never mean only one thing, and the hidden story of political humour under Stalin is far more nuanced than a simple struggle between repression and resistance.

            Conversations: Niloufar Talebi and Zack Rogow

            The Critical Flame is thrilled to feature this conversation between author, award-winning translator, multidisciplinary artist, and producer Niloufar Talebi and author, editor, translator Zack Rogow. Special thanks are due to…

            Conversations: Toma? ?alamun and Daniel Nester

            An interview between Toma? ?alamun and Daniel Nester.

            Subject to Change: On Not Having, or Being, it All

            The word queer has gone through many transformations since it emerged in the 16th century. Originally, it meant “strange,” or “peculiar”: associated meanings included a feeling of unwellness or something…

            A View From the Mountain

            Peer into any of a hundred human hearts;you are sure to find, spun whole, thosemoments buried in the new growth of timepassing; the far-into-the-night-early-dawnexchanges, falling-outs and reconciliations,the wrestle with words…

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