"Desire, for hire, would tire a shire," James Joyce wrote in Finnegans Wake, though Conjunctions: 48 proposes the shire'd be tired even if the desire weren't hired. Desire informs everything we do, from the smallest gestures to the grandest concerns. When it establishes residence in the heart, it becomes a tireless engine, motivating good, and by turns evil. Yearning can be sexual or religious, charitable or greedy, thoughtful or callous, profound as belief or superficial as a whim. Is there any more formidable, defining emotion? Mary Gaitskill, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Mary Caponegro, Robert Kelly, Carole Maso, Brian Evenson and Robert Olen Butler, among others, explore its tricky terrain in never-before-published essays, memoirs, poetry and fiction. Faces of Desire is an exuberant look--now grim, now hilarious, now poignant--into one of the most mysterious and crucial forces of life.Morrow, Bradford is the author of 'Conjunctions 48 48 Faces of Desire', published 2007 under ISBN 9780941964647 and ISBN 0941964647.