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Rosamond Purcell
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Rosamond Purcell
Rosamond Purcell is a photographer of natural history collections and collector of ruined objects. The subject of the film An Art that Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamond Purcell, she collaborated with paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould on Illuminations: A Bestiary and Finders, Keepers (both W. W. Norton). Her other books include Egg & Nest (Harvard), Bookworm, Dice (with Ricky Jay), and Owls Head (all Quantuck Lane). Her artwork was featured on the cover of Conjunctions:48, Faces of Desire.

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Vol. 71
A Cabinet of Curiosity
Fall 2018
Edited by Bradford Morrow

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January 15, 2019
Outside the stars were fading and the sky was slowly rosying at the edges when we found the skeleton. At first it was visible only as a clutch of white daggers, thickly clotted with spiderwebs, compressed between the plaster wall and the heavy wooden timbers. I don’t know what I expected it to be.
January 8, 2019
On the bus, we were told to remember everything, to testify, testify, testify. We’d heard this many times before. Remember and testify, they would say, in order that this or that bad thing does not happen again. I harbored no such faith in remembering. Nor in testimony. I fail to believe in them still.
January 1, 2019
Someone shouted at me to grab a blanket or a coat or something for crissakes, the narrator of The Bystander says, and wrap your old man up, because after assaulting the woman the narrator’s father liked best, and after running out with nothing on but the soap from the bath he’d been taking with her, the narrator’s father is standing on the street, shouting imprecations at her,
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