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Shipping of Unsaid 7 is now underway, and copies are available via PayPal or by contacting David McLendon at unsaidmag@gmail.com. 

Unsaid 7 is 300+ pages of innovative fiction and poetry by Masha Tupitsyn, Russell Persson, Ottessa Moshfegh, Stephen Dixon, Mairead Small Staid, Peter Markus, David Hollander, Kate Wyer, Matt Bell, Brian Evenson, Phillip Grayson, Katherine Manderfield, Kayla Blatchey, Paul Maliszewski & James Wagner, Joseph Scapellato, Michael Copperman, Elizabeth Gramm, Catherine Foulkrod, Beth Imes, Robin Richardson, Pamela Ryder, Michele Forster, Brian Kubarycz, Jason Schwartz, Richard St. Germain, Naomi Stekelenburg, David Ryan, Robert Lopez, Joseph R. Wojtowicz, Mahreen Sohail, Danielle Blau, Gary Kertis, K.E. Allen, Jordan Gannon, Robin Martin, Dana Inez, Ryan Ries, M Sarki, Tom McCartan, Russell Brakefield, Josh Milberg & Elise DeChard, and Luke B. Goebel.

Order Unsaid 7 today for just $18 (shipping & handling included). Thank you for your support!

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Lifelike – More, or Less?

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‘Correct Form’ and ‘Clear Articulation’ Are Culturally Relative Values

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At the heart of medical history is a deep enigma. The true structure and workings of the human body are, we casually assume, everywhere the same, a universal reality. But then we look into the past, and our sense of reality wavers: accounts of the body in diverse medical traditions often seem to describe mutually alien, almost unrelated worlds.

The Expressiveness of the Body meditates on the contrasts between the human body described in classical Greek medicine and the body as envisaged by physicians in ancient China. It asks this most basic of human realities came to be conceived by two sophisticated civilizations in radically diverging ways. And it seeks answers in fresh and unexpected topics, such as the history of tactile knowledge, the relationship between ways of seeing and ways of listening, and the evolution of bloodletting.

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~ The Starry Heaven Above and The Mortal Coil Within – Desublimation in Modern Sculpture

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Sculptural Desublimation

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The Ends of Sleep – Technology and Anxiety

Tech Angst

“to be perceived as ‘out of date’ or outmoded is less acceptable these days”

“A watch that can monitor sleeping patterns and send them to the cloud, where they will be stored and analyzed is, on the one hand, technologically impressive. But, again, it is worth considering why anyone would want Apple to be collecting all that information in the first place.”

Why Do We Care So Damn Much About the iWatch?
By Joe Kloc
Newsweek
9/8/14

The likely unveiling of a new Apple smart device is less than 24 hours away. The event has generated worldwide excitement about new features and functions. In recent years, such hysteria has become commonplace with product releases from Google, Apple or Amazon. To explore why that is, Newsweek got in touch with Columbia University modern art theorist Jonathan Crary, whose recent book, 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep, examines why individuals crave these devices.

“The marketing of smart devices plays off the insecurities and anxieties people have of somehow ‘falling behind’ or losing a competitive edge in whatever professional or social sphere they inhabit,” Crary writes in an email. For example, one of the products many speculate will be released at the Apple event is the iPhone 6. According to the Los Angeles Times, some of the most popular rumors about the new device are that it will “produce better photos and video…provide a new wealth of physical sensations” and feature a durable “sapphire glass” screen. There is also speculation that it will include a stylus and a digital wallet to (theoretically) eliminate the need for credit cards.

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“A polemic as finely concentrated as a line of pure cocaine”
– Los Angeles Review of Books

24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep explores some of the ruinous consequences of the expanding non-stop processes of twenty-first-century capitalism. The marketplace now operates through every hour of the clock, pushing us into constant activity and eroding forms of community and political expression, damaging the fabric of everyday life.

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Relatableness

Yeah, Unsaid’s gonna get right on that for ya, bruh.

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Teaching as Social Performance – Greetings, Little Stars!


I believe I led some very exciting and genuinely instructive classes so far this week, and I have felt myself to be an excellent teacher. But, as our reading and discussion of Marcel Mauss indicated, no superb performance can occur outside a dynamic social milieu. There is no such thing as a perfectly isolated genius. Indeed, there is no such thing as a perfectly isolated mind. If I excelled as a teacher it is because my students excelled as students. This is one of the very few things that permits me to experience the daily stream of depressing facts as a whole larger and more compelling than the mere sum of its dreary or appalling parts. If you have had less than a satisfactory experience in class, you might want to ask yourself whether you, for all that may be officially matriculated, have not yet really joined the community. There’s still time for that. Look into your heart and give it a try!

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It’s Okay To Read Slowly

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I have not been a philologist in vain – perhaps I am one yet: a teacher of slow reading… Philology is that venerable art which exacts from its followers one thing above all – to step to one side, to leave themselves spare moments, to grow silent, to become slow – the leisurely art of the goldsmith applied to language: an art which must carry out slow, fine work, and attains nothing if not lento. For this very reason philology is now more desirable than ever before; for this very reason it is the highest attraction and incitement in an age of ‘work’: that is to say, of haste, of unseemly and immoderate hurry-skurry, which is intent upon ‘getting things done’ at once, even every book, whether old or new. Philology itself, perhaps, will not ‘get things done‘ so hurriedly: it teaches how to read well: i.e. slowly, profoundly, attentively, prudently, with inner thoughts, with the mental doors ajar, with delicate fingers and eyes.

–Friedrich Nietzsche
The Dawn: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality (1881, preface in 1886)
trans. J.M. Kennedy

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