Issue No. 01 | State of the Union

American Psychosis

Life in the United States often seems like a series of bad, bizarre jokes. The president getting in a Twitter fight with Rosie O’Donnell? Sure. State legislatures passing laws that require women to carry miscarried fetuses to term? Why not!

In these stories from our debut issue, we look at the enraging, contradictory, weird, and, yes, wonderful state of our union.

COVER ILLUSTRATION BY SAIMAN CHOW

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Cold Open

Mouseland

Each issue of Topic begins with a Cold Open, a video introducing that month’s theme. For July, we present the beautiful, powerful “Mouseland.” The two-and-a-half minute film, shot by director Fantavious Fritz between Detroit and New Orleans a few weeks before the 2016 election, is set to audio of the allegory “Mouseland,” recorded in 1960.

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