How do our parables and myths, fibs and fabulations — in short, the tales we tell — create realities of their own design? The line between fact and fiction has been murky since long before “post-truth” got added to the dictionary. We’re not here to police that distinction — instead, we bust it open, untangling the politics and implications of crafting (and being crafted by) narrative. For Spike #69, we explore embellishment, auto-fiction, and all the anxiety and nonsense that lingers in between. Headless brands, philosophers reanimated in virtual reality, and social-media-savvy dogs feature among the cast of characters in this issue, disclosing the power plays and narrative networks that refashion — not just recount — the world. It’s not just hearsay.
With texts by Joshua Citarella, Tea Hacic-Vlahovic, Martin Herbert, Omar Kholeif, Ingrid Luquet-Gad, Sean Monahan, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, contributions on Sophie Calle, Julien Ceccaldi, Tracey Emin, Ho Tzu Nyen, and many more, as well as reviews from Hong Kong to Los Angeles to Warsaw.