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Jeremy Woolsey on Tsuyoshi Ozawa

Jeremy Woolsey on Tsuyoshi Ozawa

At best, art movements in Japan lead back over and over again to the same spot in oblivion— one that prevents Japanese and Western art...

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Kirkus Reviews Reviewed

Kirkus Reviews Reviewed

Kirkus Reviews is a magazine, though few readers of its work have ever seen a copy. Like the Michelin guides, it’s known for verdicts spread across the publishing world, bringing good books to first attention and helping to sweep aside huge piles of dross.

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What do Birds Know about Art?

What do Birds Know about Art?

I have wondered, for instance, about the function of the peacock’s flamboyant tail. Would this awkward appendage not more likely get in the way of his attempts to flee a predator?

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From Book to Stage Gathering Plunder

From Book to Stage Gathering Plunder

Shakespeareans are divided, it is well known, into three classes; those who prefer to read Shakespeare in the book; those who prefer to see him acted on the stage; and those who run perpetually from book to stage gathering plunder.

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Watching the Tide Roll Away

Watching the Tide Roll Away

It is astonishing to realize what a relatively small percentage of Otis Redding’s time was devoted to making the records that preserve his art.

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Feng

Feng

In the sixth century, nearly six hundred years after Emperor Wu, “yuefu poetry” became an established literary category referring both to anonymous songs recorded in court music repertoires and poems composed by known men of letters.

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“It’s not always sex”

“It’s not always sex”

When Poppy talked about prostitution, she stopped slouching, and her eyes ignited. She got, well, pretty. ‘It’s not always sex,’ she said.

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Kenneth Goldsmith: Is it all just wasted time (on the internet)?

Kenneth Goldsmith: Is it all just wasted time (on the internet)?

The notion that the Internet is bad for you seems premised on the idea that the Internet is one thing. In reality it’s a befuddling mix of the stupid...

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Elias Tezapsidis on Grimes

Elias Tezapsidis on Grimes

There is no reason to add to the already-extended online literature on the making of Grimes: she built a pop-persona: she “happened”...

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Doll Life

Doll Life

Doll horror movies are rarely scary, which is strange given how uncanny many people find dolls themselves. Still, they have become a tired trope. As with clowns, the idea of the doll is at this point scarier than any on-screen reality.

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What was the Soviet Union’s gaming culture?

What was the Soviet Union’s gaming culture?

In English at least, there’s very little research on gaming in the Soviet Union. We know from surviving arcade cabinets that what titles did exist were somewhat derivative of Western products.

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Chills, Thrills and Skin Orgasms

Chills, Thrills and Skin Orgasms

I call them “the fevers,” the waves that surge up my back and arms, break into electric foam at the jetty of my neck when her fingers move at a certain depth inside of me.

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Most checkers games end in a draw…

Most checkers games end in a draw…

At the highest levels, checkers is a game of mental attrition. Most games are draws. In serious matches, players don’t begin with the standard initial starting position.

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‘When my daughter thinks of Shakespeare, she’ll be able to imagine Asian American players’

‘When my daughter thinks of Shakespeare, she’ll be able to imagine Asian American players’

The actor playing Olivia happened to be Asian—the first Asian actor I had ever seen onstage, and one of precious few I’d noticed anywhere.

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A compelling impression of untethered bodies floating across vast distances…

A compelling impression of untethered bodies floating across vast distances…

The same year that the US nominated its first female presidential candidate, the Met presented, an opera composed by a woman...

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Nicholas Rombes on George Romero

Nicholas Rombes on George Romero

For some students, Night of the Living Dead opened the door to an angle they had not considered: that a film could be political without being “political.”

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Sex became inextricable from Diane Arbus’s photography…

Sex became inextricable from Diane Arbus’s photography…

Arbus was clear about what she wanted and why. The trouble is there’s still such scant understanding, let alone appreciation, for what it means to be a woman and wired the way she was.

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Colin Raff: Variations on a Brandenburg Salamander

Colin Raff: Variations on a Brandenburg Salamander

In the spring of 1793, the entomologist Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Herbst, as a means to supplement his lectures at the newly founded Berliner Tierarzneischule

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