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Dalston Loverboy Takes Over Greenwich by Paul Johnathan

Dalston Loverboy Takes Over Greenwich by Paul Johnathan

Charles Jeffrey moved from Glasgow to London to study fashion at Central Saint Martins. He soon ran out of cash, propelling him to start LOVERBOY...

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‘Isn’t Cézanne’s art precisely about not knowing?’

‘Isn’t Cézanne’s art precisely about not knowing?’

Woman with a Cafetière, Paul Cézanne, c.1895 From London Review of Books: The critics all seem to know, or think they know, what ‘as if they were apples’ means – what apples are like, and what painting them consists of, technically and temperamentally. But isn’t Cézanne’s art precisely about not knowing? Painting,...

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Lady Bird’s nostalgia isn’t quite nostalgia…

Lady Bird’s nostalgia isn’t quite nostalgia…

One of the most peculiar qualities of Greta Gerwig’s much-acclaimed film Lady Bird is that—especially for a coming-of-age story, or domestic drama, or whatever you call it...

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Heady intimacy enjoyed in the arid Mexican desert…

Heady intimacy enjoyed in the arid Mexican desert…

To look at surrealist art is to see female bodies in pieces. Here a disembodied leg, there a mysterious eye.

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Stevie Nicks has always had dreams that literally come true…

Stevie Nicks has always had dreams that literally come true…

Early in Stephen Davis’s workmanlike unauthorized biography of Stevie Nicks, we witness the circumstances of her most enduring creation’s birth.

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Anti-Corporate (B)urge(rs)

Anti-Corporate (B)urge(rs)

Readers with a historical knowledge of 1980s punk will have little difficulty seeing the value of Dave Dictor’s memoir, MDC: Memoir from a Damaged Civilization: Stories of Punk, Fear, and Redemption

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Literary realism cowers in the shadow of virtual reality…

Literary realism cowers in the shadow of virtual reality…

VR offers experiences not readily available through physical reality, including the simulated experience of suffering. But its positive advocacy of new experiences makes it more adventure travel than understanding the lived reality of another person.

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Putting Bodies at the Heart of Resistance

Putting Bodies at the Heart of Resistance

‘We make art with our cunt,’ wrote ’90s cyberfeminists, VNS Matrix. ‘Gender abolitionism’ (Xenofeminism: A Politics for Alienation, 2015) has marked a shift in rhetoric, and Cornelia Sollfrank was the only 2017 delegate I remember to use the c-word

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Thinking About Monsters

Thinking About Monsters

Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, William Burroughs, Richard Wagner, Sid Vicious, V. S. Naipaul, John Galliano, Norman Mailer, Ezra Pound, Caravaggio, Floyd Mayweather, though if we start listing athletes we’ll never stop.

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Trash. Waste. Junk.

Trash. Waste. Junk.

Yeah, I mean, it made a kind of sense. Iron Chef: Showdown is leftovers of leftovers of leftovers, and I say that as a fan of Iron Nerd Alton Brown.

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Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein remains perhaps the world’s greatest work of fan art…

Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein remains perhaps the world’s greatest work of fan art…

No cars are permitted to drive the path that winds up the mountain. In fair weather, as now in late April, buses and horse-drawn carriages...

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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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