Washington and Moscow in the Time of Trump: An Interview with Nina Khrushcheva

By Olivia Humphrey (PhD candidate at UCI) for the Provocations series, in conjunction with UCI’s “The Future of Truth” conference

Given the recent attention on U.S.-Russia relations and comparisons, the team responsible for the “Future of Truth” workshop at UC Irvine decided to turn to Nina Khrushcheva, a participant in last year’s “What Cannot Be Said” forum for insight. Nina Khrushcheva is a professor of International Affairs at the New School, a senior fellow of World Policy Institute, and contributing editor to Project Syndicate: Association of Newspapers Around the WorldContinue reading

The Creative Independent on the Art of the Interview

By Edith Young

The Creative Independent launched in October of 2016, publishing its first original interview with poet Eileen Myles on day one, followed by artist Björk on day two. Out of the gate running, TCI stated its goal: to become a “resource of emotional and practical guidance for creative people.” The publication, embracing the archival nature of the internet, aspires to assemble an oral history of contemporary creative processes and practices. A spring chicken in the world of digital publishing platforms, TCI is technically a Kickstarter project, and an extension of their mission to support and champion the arts, though the site seems to operate as its own ecosystem within the crowdfunding corporation. Continue reading

February Horoscopes

By Ichrak Dahou

February is an eclipse month. During eclipse months, time seems to lose its sense of linearity — it speeds up, and a lot more seems to happen within the space of a calendar month than seems typical or possible. Warrior energy winds through the month. Find ways to appease your inner pioneer, rebellious shit-stirrer, combative lone warrior. It is better to direct these archetypes than to have them direct you! Continue reading

Livilla’s Urn

By Diana Arterian

I went in search of Livilla, of the alabaster that held her ashes. Livilla is a lesser-known figure of ancient Rome. Her brother, the emperor Caligula, damaged the empire with his insanity and spending. Her uncle, the emperor Claudius, healed it some. Her sister Agrippina — the focus of my manuscript-in-progress — ultimately married their uncle and became Empress of Rome. Agrippina places Livilla’s urn, quietly, in the Mausoleum of Augustus some time after her sister’s death.   Continue reading

Asking for a Friend: I’m Getting Better. Now How Do I Get Going?

Dear Olive,

I’ve spent the better part of the past three years in a deep clinical depression from which there seemed no escape. I am finally starting to feel like maybe existence on this big imperfect rock hurtling through space might be worth it once again — but I’ve found that I am emerging from my depressed years as quite a different person. The things I once liked no longer seem all that exciting to me, while other things are suddenly taking my interest. I feel so lost and unable to start on a new journey while on such uncertain ground. How do I start living again? Continue reading

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