FORTH Magazine

FORTH was created to explore, examine, and expose the work of both established and up-and-coming artists and writers. Through these digital pages, we take readers into the world of the author, the mind of the poet, the vision of the artist, to gain a unique perspective of the often intriguing, sometimes haunting, always strange, little worlds of our most innovative creators. Our mission is to support writers and artists by exposing their work and exploring their lives, and to maintain a recurring set of innovative writers and journalists that you'll only see in our pages. Our content isn't classical or traditional. We publish short format writing for the modern reader and contemporary art that challenges the modern onlooker. Founded in Los Angeles, CA in 2009, FORTH represents art and literature in a way that resonates with an evolving need for interactive media. The West Coast is on the scene. Welcome and enjoy!

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500 Forms of Art In 500 Words: Fiction By Sean Hooks

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“I don’t make films that are beautiful,” said David (pronounced Dah-veed), “I make beautiful films.” “Can I be in one of your films?” “My films do not have beautiful actresses. My films are beautiful because they portray suffering.” “Who told you that suffering was beautiful?” “The French.” “How chic.” “I lived there for fourteen years.”…

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Foto Friday

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This week on Friday the 13th, in our 13th installment of Foto Friday, we bring you a glimpse of the stranger, darker side of womanhood. The photographer’s free their bodies from poise and moderation, adding instead a bit of grit and grain—a range farther out of the proverbial fruit bowl. The images invite the viewer to watch,…

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When You Look into the Abyss, the Abyss Also Looks into You: An Interview with Pierre Schmidt

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Looking at the work of Pierre Schmidt is looking at the artist himself. Working headlong through the impulsivities of his psyche and employing titles based on the philosophies of Friedrich Nietzsche and the melancholy underpinnings of Avro Pärt’s Spiegel em Spiegel, Schmidt manages to delicately thread a line from his very being to wherever you might be. Swimming freely in pieces…

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Some Fraction of the Truth: An Interview With Ron Jude

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There’s a punk rock aesthetic to Ron Jude’s work, a point-and-click, found footage vibe. But there’s a textural edge, too, like Polaroids strewn around a crime scene, or straggling snapshots culled from your reclusive uncle’s junk drawer. His work elicits something in the viewer at once nostalgic and unsettling—out-of-focus scene of a gas station at…

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Glitter Disappearing From Grass: Poetry by Ben Clark

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      Image © Faber Franco   Ben Clark grew up in rural Nebraska and now lives in Chicago, Illinois. His first book Reasons To Leave The Slaughter was released by Write Bloody Publishing in 2011. His second collection if you turn around I will turn around is forthcoming from Thoughtcrime Press in early 2015. Whitney Seiler is a California…

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Foto Friday

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We are as strong as we allow ourselves to be. In this week’s Foto Friday, the photographers examine their frustrations, their fears, and their cowardice—if not only to show that you are not alone. Somedays you may feel like the world is eating you alive, but alas it is the weekend, a time to rest…

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