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“Lost in Translation,” by Beth Aviv

* Beth Aviv *

She misspells “beautiful” as “beatiful” when she is referring to a rose of Sharon in the backyard. Is that a subliminal slip? She was speaking of not being able to get focused after moving into her boyfriend’s house, and then she writes about his “beautiful garden”—or is it “beatified garden”? Something that moves her to the sublime and saintly? That is what her painting does. It beatifies the world as well as beautifying it. So do I correct her spelling?

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Special Issues

Select back issues of The Michigan Quarterly Review still available for purchase. Topics cover the automobile and American culture, perestroika and Soviet culture, contemporary American fiction, the male and female bodies, the Bible and its traditions, Jewish in America, Arthur Miller, the movies, and much more.

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Fall 2009

This special issue, Bookishness: The New Fate of Reading in the Digital Age, features articles on the future of reading, books, and the publishing industry in the 21st century. Among these is “UP 2.0: Some Theses on the Future of Academic Publishing,” an essay by Phil Pochoda, Directory of the University of Michigan Press.

In addition, the issue contains more than 15 other new works, including poetry, fiction, and more.

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Spring 2008

This issue contains writings about the territory of China–its people, its ways of thinking, its arts and media, its politics and social conditions. It also examines the presence of China in the imagination and behaviors of the Chinese diaspora, especially in the U.S. Edited by Laurence Goldstein.