Almost Perfect Forms
While reading Magdalena Tulli’s Dreams and Stones, Michael Stewart found a series of beautiful accidents. Originally inspired by the way she was able to make stories out of lists and to trick nouns into motion, Stewart circled every “and” and “or,” counted them, and watched as they begun to take the shapes of tiny, imperfect constellations. On page sixteen, a remarkable Corona Borealis. On page thirteen, a slightly hobbled Leo. The conjunctions are the stars and the result is mapped out on the page like an erasure and then reassembled into an astral collaboration between Michael Stewart and Magdalena.