Issue # 7 Property Lines

Jan 23, 2009

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In November, Chicagoans reflected on the passing of influential writer and radio presence Studs Terkel and proudly celebrated the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. Obama’s ascendancy and Terkel’s astounding, lifelong body of work have shifted divisional lines and asked us to reconsider a single street, a city, a nation, and recognize that being an individual means recognizing you are not alone.

The work in this issue struggles against property lines in their myriad forms: physical, personal, and intellectual, and considers each differently. From the very literal boundaries that draw and divide nations, to the divisions that become restricted or expanded by fear, racism, religion, and even creativity, the fact remains that lines exist in our daily navigations, right or wrong.

In this issue, you will find discussions on the ownership and responsibilities of language, cultural and personal indentity, the line between “accused” and “guilty,” the translation of a visual image into language, and the transgression of traveling in order to belong.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this issue and to everyone who crossed the line.


  • November 4, 2008
  • The Day I Killed Freedom of Expression
    Kembrew Mcleod
  • Nobody Knows Your Name
    Eula Biss
  • Not What Your Government Can Do to You, But What You Can Do to Your Government
    Paul Killebrew
  • The Acts
    Shane Michalik
  • Virgin Migrations
    Mike Wolf


  • Address to Naos
    Rae Gouirand
  • Prairie Poem with Lines from Emily Dickinson
    Steve Langan
    Christopher Deweese
  • detuned
    Kate Greenstreet
  • Qué escálando/What a Din
    Pura López-Colomé
  • The Survey
    Lewis Warsh
    Nick Twemlow


  • Stacie Johnson


  • Adorno’s Noise by Carla Harryman
    Jonathan Wegner
  • Unincorporated Territory [Hacha] by Carlos Santos Perez
    John Beer

    Art and illustration

  • Richard Colman, Dean Rank, Paul Dickinson, Brendan Gaffey, Maya Hayuk, Susie Kirkwood, Jen Korff, Joseph Smolinski, Rachel Mason, Esther Parada, Ben Stone

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Daniel Borzutzky


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Brenda Lozano


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Don De Grazia

Steffi Drewes

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