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Dreamlessness by Joseph Spece

Dreamlessness by Joseph Spece

In Bacon’s Studies of the Human Body (1970), a panel pays skewed homage to Caravaggio’s Narcissus or a Narcissus by the Caravaggisti.

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Upbeat Melodies

Upbeat Melodies

The Monkees were about as famous as you could get, with their More of the Monkees album beating out even the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band for the number one U.S. slot in 1967.

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Sober Seers

Sober Seers

A prevailing notion of the lives of artists holds that hedonism is a meaningful part of production. The slide projector on the subject has no shortage of famous faces: There’s boozy Faulkner, banging out novels and screenplays while pickled...

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‘I have noticed a difference between older EDM stars and younger ones’

‘I have noticed a difference between older EDM stars and younger ones’

Despite being a casual fan of EDM, I can't tell you literally what Steve Angello was doing on stage. Perhaps he was mixing tracks in the traditional sense, one after another...

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Welcome to Earths

Welcome to Earths

For the past decade, A.S. Hamrah has been the sharp-tongued, rain-lashed drifter of American movie criticism.

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Idiot Box

Idiot Box

In 1974, with classics like Nashville and Network still forthcoming, Kael wrote that though American movies were “probably the best in the world"...

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‘Vaders

‘Vaders

In 1982, already the author of four novels, Martin Amis published a fizzy, swaggering non-fiction book about arcade games.

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Chris Moffat on Naeem Mohaiemen

Chris Moffat on Naeem Mohaiemen

What does an anti-colonial building look like? In Naeem Mohaiemen’s 2017 film Two Meetings and a Funeral, Vijay Prashad stands in the centre of La Coupole d’Alger in the suburbs of Algiers...

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Elephants, Horses, and the Proportions of Paradise

Elephants, Horses, and the Proportions of Paradise

What does a perfect elephant look like? This was a question that occupied the Flemish artist Crispijn van de Passe II in the years around 1620. By then, several elephants had visited the European continent...

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John Marston’s Scars

John Marston’s Scars

The credits kept rolling, and the fonts got smaller. Some pleasant instrumental music started playing. Soon came the quality assurance testers, the names of whose rank-and-file members were listed in massive blocks spread across four pages.

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‘Can we live ethically in a cursed world?’

‘Can we live ethically in a cursed world?’

I brought a friend with me the first time I saw Princess Mononoke in an American movie theater. He had no experience with Miyazaki or with Japanese culture or animation...

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Colin Raff: Torpid Slivers #20-24

Colin Raff: Torpid Slivers #20-24

There was a nice breeze going, and the footpost-knot was nodding more rapidly than usual, and maybe tonight it appeared more malevolent than it ever had before.

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Unsentimental Vistas

Unsentimental Vistas

When the American photographer Berenice Abbott returned to New York in 1929 after nearly a decade away in Paris, she came back to a city transformed...

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Setsuko Adachi: Flower Fires

Setsuko Adachi: Flower Fires

The audience sat in front of a screen heard ssssssssssssssssss in the darkness. Light flashed. A train appeared on the screen. The train was coming, increasing in size.

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Erica X Eisen: Paint It Black

Erica X Eisen: Paint It Black

Possibly because the current global political landscape resembles less a plausible point on the universe’s long arc towards justice than the dread outcome of a Koch brothers blood-pact with the Lord of the Flies...

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Slenderraff

Slenderraff

Manufacturers of candy and fireworks often employ this method for the exact measurement of radial stress in hypothetical cylinders.

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You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry, You’ll Sing

You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry, You’ll Sing

No one would ever peg Betty Wright’s funky 1972 hit, “The Clean-Up Woman” as a heartbreaking ballad. From its first emphatic chords on an electric guitar, followed by Wright’s soulful delivery...

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Saturday-morning cartoons and kung fu…

Saturday-morning cartoons and kung fu…

Released in 1998, Lauryn Hill’s first solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, was also a canonical intervention—to both the previously male-dominated sphere of hip-hop as well as the white-dominated upper echelons of the music industry and pop culture.

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