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Eric D. Lehman: Art Below Sea Level

Eric D. Lehman: Art Below Sea Level

Whoever decided to keep the most art per square mile anywhere in the world below sea level had a singular faith in human civilization...

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“I’m hip”

“I’m hip”

Bar Dykes—a forgotten gem written in the early 1980s by Tennessee-based author (and proud butch) Merril Mushroom—is being presented by The Other Side of Silence

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Teresa K. Miller and Gregory Giles Discuss Spectatorship

Teresa K. Miller and Gregory Giles Discuss Spectatorship

Thanks to Instagram and all its metastasized relations, nowhere is so far off the beaten path we can’t experience it visually...

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Why is psychedelic culture dominated by privileged white men?

Why is psychedelic culture dominated by privileged white men?

A recent study of users of novel psychedelic substances found, probably to no-one’s surprise, that they are more likely than average to be male, white...

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Jackson Arn on Delacroix’s Photograph

Jackson Arn on Delacroix’s Photograph

There was a point somewhere between birth and puberty when I would spend hours drawing pictures of bearded men. What interested me most was the beards themselves...

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The Black Monday Protests in Polish Women’s Art

The Black Monday Protests in Polish Women’s Art

A dozen women sitting on the streets in Warsaw were surrounded by middle-aged male protestors wearing ‘football hooligan’ red-and-white scarves. There were insults, kicking...

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Rodney Sharkey: A Question for Nick Cave

Rodney Sharkey: A Question for Nick Cave

It is early June in 2018. As the lights go down to signal the beginning of “So what do you want to know? An evening with Nick Cave” held at The Abbey Theatre in Dublin...

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Calliope Michail Reviews AWP

Calliope Michail Reviews AWP

I’ll begin at the beginning of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) instigated adventure. Today we had to wake up at the crack of dawn to catch our 10-hour flight to Seattle.

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Francesco Tenaglia on Alessandro Agudio

Francesco Tenaglia on Alessandro Agudio

The path of Alessandro Agudio’s artistic practice intersects with some of this story: an important moment of institutional recognition for his work was his inclusion in Ennesima...

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Mike Watson: Lucid Dreaming

Mike Watson: Lucid Dreaming

We are fast approaching a point where one third of the global population will play video games on a regular basis. As such, video gaming ought to become a serious object of philosophy...

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“In fandom, there are some people who express their love through hate”

“In fandom, there are some people who express their love through hate”

In fandom, there are some people who express their love through hate. When I was at Star Trek, I remember being online, in the early days, like AOL, and there was a fan who was writing a review of one of the episodes I had written.

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Devices of the Imagination

Devices of the Imagination

Half a century ago, Lawrence Weiner noted these conditions for the work of art: The artist may construct the piece; the piece may be fabricated; the piece need not be built.

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Capital and Colonialism (and Cock)

Capital and Colonialism (and Cock)

A file of young women in décolletage-baring black cocktail dresses and wobbly stilettos makes its way through the mêlée of Trafalgar Square, dense with football fans.

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Elisa Veini: The Shared Self

Elisa Veini: The Shared Self

When I was still quite young, eight, nine, ten years old, a friend of mine and I took up the idea of making little magazines for each other...

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“I don’t want to be representative”

“I don’t want to be representative”

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl is set during the peak of the AIDS crisis, and is full of deep-cut references to 1990s pop culture.

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David Beer on Georg Simmel

David Beer on Georg Simmel

In May 1913, German sociologist Georg Simmel wrote to the poet and essayist Margarete von Bendemann to express his joy at seeing some ‘magnificent Rembrandts’.

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Munching

Munching

George Bernard Shaw on Henrik Ibsen, Vladimir Nabokov on Nikolai Gogol, Henry Miller on Arthur Rimbaud, Nicholson Baker on John Updike: we are familiar with the genre in which authors write appreciatively about an admired predecessor...

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Vernon Lee’s Satan the Waster: Pacifism and the Avant-Garde

Vernon Lee’s Satan the Waster: Pacifism and the Avant-Garde

So spoke a fairy bestowing a gift upon an infant Vernon Lee in a short story published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1915. The tale, resembling that of Sleeping Beauty...

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A feminist paradise for bibliophiles…

A feminist paradise for bibliophiles…

In London’s bustling Soho neighborhood, A.N. Devers’s feminist paradise for bibliophiles is thriving—and changing the way collectors think about the literary canon.

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You can keep playing Stardew Valley forever…

You can keep playing Stardew Valley forever…

My Stardew Valley avatar looks just like me — brown hair, bangs, blue eyes, dark t-shirt and jeans. I decided to try this video game to help me relax and cure my recent writing burnout after a semester in my nonfiction MFA program

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Lil Peep’s Last Day

Lil Peep’s Last Day

It was five hours before showtime and Lil Peep was in the back of his tour bus, getting high with two young fans...

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