Conceived as the journal’s final issue, Animal Shelter 5 closes a decade of publication and hovers, fittingly, around issues of mortality, loss, and trauma—charting existential drift, but also finding new eddies of belonging, homecoming, and hospitality. As Chris Kraus reflects, “Things have to move elsewhere. So I think this issue is like smoke, or signal blocking.” Fleeting, ephemeral, nondigital, and nonhierarchical, Animal Shelter is, as Alex Gartenfeld wrote in Interview, “a loose collection of texts, sequenced like a mixtape,” focused yet eclectic. Issue 5 is coedited by Hedi El Kholti, Chris Kraus, and Janique Vigier.
BRUCE HAINLEY on Hervé Guibert
MASHA TUPITSYN on Ingmar Bergman
War diaries by MICHEL LEIRIS
NATASHA STAGG is lost in the supermarket
A story by COLM TÓIBÍN
JEAN LOUIS SCHEFER on Vertigo
Poems by ARIANA REINES
Other contributors include: Nikki Darling, Guillaume Dustan, Charlie Fox, Hervé Guibert, Raquel Gutiérrez, Jeff Jackson, Bernard-Marie Koltès, Chris Kraus, Clara López Menéndez, Nicole Miller, Julietta Singh, Natasha Soobramanien & Luke Williams, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, McKenzie Wark, Abdellah Taïa, and Janique Vigier.
Art by: Soufiane Ababri, Jean-Luc Blanc, Nicole Chambers, Hedi El Kholti, Matt Fishbeck, Kathryn Garcia, Herve Guibert, Jessica Dean Harrison, Galen Johnson, Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, Alan Kleinberg, Patrick Kwon, Michael Oblowitz, Evan Sabourin, Valerie Schultz, Elaine Stocki, and Torbjorn Vejvi.