Zach Horn, detail from The Garden of Nocturnal Delights, acrylic on canvas, 2015. © Zach Horn 2016; all rights reserved by the artist.
Edited by Bradford Morrow.
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In his Nichomachean Ethics, Aristotle proposes that a friend is, in essence, “another self.” Without arguing his point, it is indisputable that relationships with our friends are nearly as complex as those we have with ourselves—now we’re in perfect accord, now we’re uncertain, now we find fault with our other selves and our own selves as well. Friendships are as mercurial as they are essential. We form friendships that are fraught, friendships that fade, friendships that are as important to us as our very lives. Conjunctions:66, Affinity investigates the phenomenon of friendship in its many forms, collecting innovative, provocative fiction, poetry, and essays by writers of every ilk.
Online-exclusive supplement to Affinity:
Liza Birnbaum, From Red Bird Most
Rick Moody and Darcey Steinke, An Anatomy of Friendship
Robert Coover, From Huck Out West
Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Useful Knots and How to Tie Them
Elizabeth Gaffney, Where You Go I’ll Go
Andrew Ervin, Roll for Initiative
Stephen O’Connor, The End of the End of The World
Gilles Tiberghien, From Amitier, translated by Cole Swensen
Michelle Herman, All of Us
Robert Clark, Trailer
Jonathan Carroll, Plane Light, Plane Bright
Sallie Tisdale, Gaijin
Robert Duncan, For Sandra, with an afterword by Margaret Fisher
Jedediah Berry and Emily Houk, Hansel, Gretel, Grendel
Diane Josefowicz, Jackals
Brandon Hobson, The Cardinal
Charles B. Strozier, Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln
Spencer Matheson, Glenn Gould Syndrome
Paul Lisicky, Head Full: Prelude to a Friendship
John Ashbery, Two Poems
J. W. McCormack, The Soft Disconnect
Isabella Hammad, Passages
Tim Horvath, The Spinal Descent
Roberta Allen, Need
M. J. Rey, Goodbye, Mister Starfish
Elizabeth Robinson, Four Poems
Matthew Cheney, Mass
Joyce Carol Oates, Friend of My Heart