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“Futures of the Past” is an issue about how past generations have reckoned their collective futures. But it’s also about how the razor’s edge of the present comes up against the haziness of futurity, and what happens when that hazy future becomes inscribed, remembered, and—eventually—forgotten. We’re interested here in the work that the future does in shaping history—as a utopian dream, a set of collective anxieties, or simply as a story that we tell about where we come from and where we hope to end up.

Chapter 1: Bad Predictions

Chapter 2: Futures Past

To be published August 5, 2014

Chapter 3: The Politics of the Future

To be published September 2, 2014

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The Appendix is a quarterly journal of experimental and narrative history, soliciting articles from historians, writers, and artists committed to good storytelling, with an eye for the strange and a suspicion of both jargon and traditional narratives.

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Biophony and the Deep History of Sound
By Bernie Krause

A famed pioneer of electronic music, Bernie Krause now travels the world seeking and recording biophonies—soundscapes of the natural world. In this interview with The Appendix, Krause muses on the history of natural sound and its relationship to man-made music, and shares a recording of his close run-in with an Amazonian jaguar.

Originally Appeared in… Out Loud Volume 1. Issue 3. July 2013

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