The Exquisite Pandemic Archive

Archives of the literary arts journal created and edited by

Rick Whitaker

2020 - 2021

Associate editor: Beverly Brooks

Inaugural Contributors:

Jenny McPhee      Edmund White      Brian Alessandro      Patrick Neal    

Dawn Raffel       Rapha      Lonely Christopher      Paul Griffiths    

Terese Svoboda     Jason Wee      Iannis Delatolas     Michael Hickins

Francesco Filidei/Blow Up Percussion: Silence = Death (Democracy)

Gerard Rizza       Floriano Vecchi        Roberta Allen    ​    Steven Cordova    

Laurie Kuntz       Andrea Marcusa      Tim Lovejoy      Yahia Lababidi     

Laurie Tenner Dunne      Phyllis Capello         Jessica Gould     Minc Eve    

Julia Scully       Nicholas Radel       Ryan Dohoney      Sayeeda Copeland       

Kit Robinson        Walter Holland      Sravana Reddy      Michael Gottlieb      

Anna Monardo      Daniel Edward Moore      Norman Fischer      Sean Singer    

Judy Bolton-Fasman       Tim Shaner       Mark Svenvold     

Francesco di Benedetto        Leo Racicot        Zachary Pace      Giuseppe Gullo           Kinton Ford         Lisa Ellex       Gregg Shapiro       Valery Oisteanu       

Steven Fraccaro        Beverly Brooks        Ilka Scobie      Syliva Baedorf Kassis      Alfred Corn      Philip F. Clark      Sam Barbee          Naomi Bess Leimsider        Stephanie JT Russell & David Kulik       Matthew Clark Davison        Richard Howard         Michael Carroll      Tom Cardamone        Sheila Kohler        Victoria Redel       Rodrigo Toscano        Luigi Cazzaniga       Gordon Lish       Lydia Davis       Eric Darton

Laura Quinney       William Flesch       Penelope Mermall       Robert(a) Marshall

Bill Hayward       Wendy Deutelbaum

The Girl in the Abstract Bed       Beethoven 250       Fathers and Sons


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Archive Contents


Silence = Death (Democracy)
adapted for World AIDS Day 2020


Exquisite Pandemic's illustrious Welsh patron saint, Henry Cyril Paget, 5th Marquess of Anglesey (1875-1905) who at 23 inherited an enormous estate including a large country house the chapel of which he converted to a 150-seat theater in which he played all the lead roles. He was known for his Butterfly Dancing, when he would costume himself in a voluminous robe of transparent white silk and wave it about in a manner purporting to evoke wings, an embodiment of evanescence. 

He died bankrupt in Monte Carlo, age 30, leaving behind a monumental collection of jewels, clothes, shoes, and dogs, his marriage to cousin Lilian rather severely unconsummated.

Exquisite Pandemic contributor Paul Griffiths, likewise Welsh, is said to be a distant relation.