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No. 3  ||  CURRENCY

We think of it as a physical object, a token or a medium used to facilitate exchange. I give you this, then you give me that. It is a barrier, a means of satisfaction, a connotation of value and worth.

It’s the name we have given the pieces of paper you keep folded in your pocket, the electronic numbers in your bank account, the record of your transactions on the blockchain.

 

Money is currency, but dig a little deeper and you will discover the concept is about so much more than transaction. Currency signifies acceptance. It proclaims popular agreement. It transports information. It creates then dismantles laws. It creates then dismantles establishments.

The word itself is built on the Latin currentia. It brings to mind a current, doesn’t it? A river that flows with purposeful ease. I imagine this is why we associate currency with something that circulates, because it acts like a river. It moves from one place to the next, from bank to bank, as it were.

Step into the channel where you will find stories that regard currency as certainty, disbelief, and hunger. Here are stories that twist and dream and uncover. Here are ideas that animate instruction. Voices that resist convention. Tales that rewrite themselves. Grasp what you can. Let go of what no longer serves you. Welcome to the brink of currency.

—Nina Lohman

CRITICISM

Eminem Drop-Kicked Me in This Dream I Had

GYASI HALL

FICTION

The Brute

SARAH ROSE ETTER

FICTION

JESSICA KLIMESH

GRASP

NINA MUKERJEE FURSTENAU

POETRY

The Girl with the Fawn Breath

When the Stag-Headed Girl Looked in the Mirror

Quarentine Hymn

SARAH MESSER

POETRY

Diary Entry #10: I Was Nearly Perfect Once

The Accident

My Ex Meets for Coffee

DIANNELY ANTIGUA

POETRY

Still Life with Dead Passion Fruit Vine and Dog Bowl

Further Details of the Conspiracy

For H., After Two Bags of Slide Film Discarded at a Shetland Islands Recycling Center

ANDREW DAVID KING

GRASP

COUNTERFEIT

CIA LAWRENCE

FLASH FICTION

Red Riding Hood and Granny

POETRY

Silence

Inheritance

SYLVIE BAUMGARTEL

ART

Straightforward

DORIAN DEAN

GUIDE

Three Tokens:
The Lesser Bones
The Wheel
The Lunette

SARAH MINOR

NONFICTION

New York Diary: October

BECCA KLAVER

CEZARUA ABARTIS

ART

Belongings

ARIA CURTIS

FICTION

Unseating Sisyphus

POETRY

one day, you'll find peace

SYLVIE SOUL

ART

TAIWO HASSAN

Talent Show 2019

TIPPING POINT

JILL FRANK

Commodified Me

POETRY

August

Washington Square Park

Sex

NONFICTION

Oblivion

VIC WOICECHOWSKA

NAT MESNARD

ANNA COWLEY FORD

TIPPING POINT

[The world will end.]

KATIE BERTA

NONFICTION

Safekeeping

NITA NOVENO