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Volume 35 no 4 March – April 2021

Humanity lost a year, not its soul A unique series of answers from our writers around the world in response to the Publisher’s question on the pandemic and its challenges How Do You Taste? Darren Jones Future Lovers: The Terrifying Union of Science and Art Minwen Wang UMFA: a more accurate account of shared american history Scotti Hill Sic Transit …

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Editorial – Volume 35 no 4 March – April 2021

Al Jirikowic No art, worth its salt, is ever obvious. This is why art is enthralling, for art, in all its forms, constantly unfolds before us, often mysteriously. Throughout history we have never looked away from art despite everything that has shaken us. Indeed our compulsion for art exists to uncover all our stories. Bewitched by art we endeavor to …

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Speakeasy – Volume 35 no 4 March – April 2021

THE AMERICAN SCHADENFREUDE EPIDEMIC When an evil clown rules your land, you have to expect a certain decline in moral tone, and rest assured that, last year, schadenfreude reached unprecedented peaks in the United States of America. The term appeared in English as early as the mid 1800s, combining the German words for ‘damage’ and ‘joy,’ and meaning, ‘delight taken …

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Only Connect – E. M. Forster and the Joys of Online Teaching

Colin Fell In a sealed room, somewhere within the bowels of the earth, a woman named Vashti is lecturing to her unseen listeners. She’s been lecturing from underground most of her life – ‘the clumsy system of public gatherings had been long since abandoned; neither Vashti nor her audience stirred from their rooms…’ While lecturing, she turns on her isolation …

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Epidemics Come and Go

Frances Oliver This is the fourth epidemic which has made abrupt changes in my life (see article in the Jan/Feb edition of the NAE); so perhaps I am less surprised by it, and less affected by lockdowns, than most people. As a writer in lockdown: during the first lockdown I kept a boring daily diary, just for my records. During …

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I, Too, Am a Camera

Josephine Gardiner Once every week, regardless of weather, I can be found sitting on a chair in my tiny granite courtyard with a big bowl of soapy water at my feet. I am surrounded by plastic bags of groceries delivered by the local supermarket. The task is to wash each item before passing it to my husband to put away …

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Continental Tribal Drift

Anna Maria Benedetti We are not immortal and we are not even humble. There have been numerous epidemics throughout history: typhus, smallpox, plague, cholera. Viruses mutated and reappeared over time. The only defence was respect for simple rules of daily hygiene, frequent hand washing, keeping a safe distance from others, protecting the nose and mouth, while today we say ‘wear …

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The Guardians of the Earth

Liviana Martin In response to the invitation of Julia and Daniel to write a brief account of the pandemic, my reflections centred not on my own moods (sense of loneliness, helplessness, fear of the unknown), which I think are common to most, but on the spread of the virus, which is also linked to environmental destruction. Our robbery and indiscriminate …

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Survival During the Pandemic

James Cassell I’m a creature accustomed to, if not dependent on, routine. In part, I suppose, it’s my nature. It’s how I obtain some stability. I think of myself as high-strung, and I seek a steadiness and a certain predictability and control in some of the basic areas of my life. I make the bed each morning. I have my …

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Lockdowns are Green

Lynda Green I observed the lockdown last April; it was easy, the weather was outstanding, there was long awaited decorating to be done at home, and finally I had time to put my allotment in order. For a week or two I listened to the news and became increasingly paranoid about getting ill. To the point that in Aldi, my …

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A Year of Doing

Mary Fletcher How has the past Covid year been? I am surprised how quickly I have got used to such a restricted life. I loved dancing and going to St Ives jazz club, meeting other NAE writers, seeing exhibitions, putting my art into shows, mooching about in shops, wondering if I could visit Greece again. But now I get by …

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Haiku Reflections

Anthony Viney uninvited guest sleeping in the hall – chased out by soap and water Throughout lockdown I’ve been writing haiku. It’s been rather like having a daily training session (well, more like a couple of times per week if I’m honest) and it has helped trim my somewhat flabby lockdown mind into a rather more defined shape – mainly …

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A Thank You Letter

Alexander Stanfield The term ‘unprecedented’ has been thrown around a lot as a means to come-to-terms and describe what we have been dealing with over the past year. While ‘unprecedented’ is extremely applicable, my past year has been sponsored by ‘managing’. Just trying to stay afloat like many others. The need for stability, or to find it; mental support, physical …

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Lockdown Love

Gill Fickling I have been in an unrequited love affair for over 30 years. And what better time to indulge my passion – or at least immerse myself in his legacy of genius – than as we enter the sixth week of the third lockdown in the UK in less than 12 months. Our confinement this time falls in winter. …

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Life is Finite

Christian Hain Maybe it’s time to savour the simple fact again – challenging, empowering, terrible, all-encompassing, and indeed: beautiful. A fundamental verity that is one of the most neglected, if not actively suppressed, insights in the modern world. A globalized technocentric society has no place for fragility and contemplation, it seems; the swarm knows no limitations: it just is, and …

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