Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Boundary 2: An International Journal of Literature and Culture: Volume 43 Number 1 February 2016

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Boundary 2: An International Journal of Literature and Culture: Volume 43 Number 1 February 2016

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Gavin Steingo and Jairo Moreno, eds. boundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture: volume 43 number 1 february 2016. Special Issue: Econophonia: Music, Value, and Forms of Life. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016. ISSN: 0190-3659. $392 institutional subscription.

The first thing that stands out about this issue is the cover, based on a black and white etching-like drawing by William Kentridge called "Learning the Flute" (2004). I remember drawing a similar, though perhaps better, image of a cat in my high school art class back in 1998, and a couple of magazines did accept if not that, then some of my other early art projects. It is still amazing that this work made onto a cover, and still more amazing that it looks pretty good when made more faint and blended with a gray background, and enlarged until the viewer mostly just sees random lines around a sketch bird, rather than the hawk, camera and other details around it in the original image (available as a small, black picture on the bottom of the back cover ). I like these types of covers that enhance a doubtful initial image in Photoshop and InDesign until it looks like sophisticating modern art. It takes a great designer to achieve this look successfully. …

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