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J.S. Tennant is a contributing editor at The White Review.

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Luis Goytisolo’s ‘Recounting’

Book Review

March 2018

J. S. Tennant

Book Review

March 2018

In June last year the Spanish novelist Juan Goytisolo (interviewed in The White Review in 2014) died in Marrakesh, his home for decades. While his reputation never waned...

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Issue No. 20

From a Cuban Notebook

J. S. Tennant

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Issue No. 20

Beneath the rain, beneath the smell, beneath all that is a reality a people makes and unmakes itself leaving...

The contemporary hunter-gatherer does not hunt to survive Rather, he (neo-survivalism is a predominantly heterosexual male pursuit) forages for something else, something experientially ‘Other’ It’s a phenomenon popularised by the rise of survivalist entertainment – reality TV, docudramas, dedicated YouTube channels, and open-world online survival games – in which contestants must prevail on a desert island, or in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, with only a sharp knife and a bit of twine for tools His efforts are equal parts sportsmanship and showmanship, a combination that manifests in a compulsion to record and make public his triumphs of resourcefulness Actively prepared for emergencies, he is ready to drink his own urine (a feat that proved too great for guest star Barack Obama during his appearance on Running Wild with Bear Grylls), for the collapse of government, economy, and power grids, for threats that are, as Donald Rumsfeld famously put it, both ‘known unknowns’ and ‘unknown unknowns’   In her video work Mouth (2017), currently on show at Arcadia Missa, New York-based Croatian artist Maja Čule depicts the contemporary hunter-gatherer – a group of urban survivalists somewhere near New York City, who choose to hunt for their food rather than take the more convenient option of buying it from a shop The video’s protagonists are performers instructed by Čule – some of whom identify as survivalists themselves Blurring in and out of fiction, documentary and narrative film, Mouth alternates between two locations: the grim, neon-lit interior of an animal sanctuary, where we watch a woman named Senka tend to the animals under her care, and a forest, in which we follow a group of men roaming about in the dark, armed with sticks and pocket-sized torches   While Senka is busy at work, the men flex and posture for the camera, leaning excessively on walking staffs made of whittled tree branches, or using them to prod at the foliage One gazes at his feet as he disturbs murky pond water with his boots, another twirls the stem of a leaf between his index and thumb, but they do nothing of note The closest these ‘hunter-gathers’

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August 2014

J. S. Tennant

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August 2014

J.S. Tennant is a contributing editor at The White Review.

Interview with Juan Goytisolo

Interview

November 2014

J. S. Tennant

Interview

November 2014

Juan Goytisolo is one of Spain’s leading writers, but one with a fraught relationship with his home country, to put it mildly. The Mexican novelist Carlos...

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January 2016

Forgetting: Chang'e Descends to Earth, or Chang'e Escapes to the Moon

Li Er

TR. Annelise Finegan Wasmoen

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January 2016

Source Material   Her story is widely known. At first she stayed in heaven, then she followed a man...

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April 2014

Biophile

Ruby Cowling

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April 2014

– I’m down maybe five feet. I take a moment to thank the leaf-filled rectangle of sky, and with...

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February 2015

Greece and the Poetics of Crisis

Joshua Barley

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February 2015

On the Aegean island of Skyros, in the Carnival period immediately preceding Lent, a more ancient ritual takes place....

 

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