Hi, all, I hope you’re doing really well and are Not Dead Yet, and if you are dead that you got cremated and were able to float in the wind, not end up in your loved one’s face to be spit out and then land on their clothes, but instead could briefly fly and then swim in that body of water you’d picked for your final bob, and sink in the mud to be nosed at by a fish, and then left to rest in peace.
A professor emerita at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Maud Lavin has published in the Nation, Chicago Artist Writers, Artforum, the New York Times Book Review, Portable Gray, and other venues. Her most recent book, Boys’ Love, Cosplay, and Androgynous Idols, co-edited with Ling Yang and Jing Jamie Zhao, was nominated for a Lambda, and an earlier book, Cut with the Kitchen Knife, was named a New York Times Notable Book. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and a person with disabilities.
image: Jin Lee is a Chicago-based photographer whose projects center on forming deeper relationships to places through close examination of landscapes and built environments. She has received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and Illinois Arts Council grant, and her works are included in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Harvard Art Museums, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.