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No Mag Is an Island

by Mostafa Heddaya on April 17, 2014

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In the latest issue of Cluster Mag, a “magazine of international popular culture,” writer Jesse Myerson places the asset-stripping drama surrounding Detroit’s bankruptcy against a broader historical context, one that dates to the 13th-century failure of Constantinople.

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The best fiction often succeeds because its creator has constructed a convincing world. By that I don’t mean a place that seems realistic, but rather a world that’s believable because it’s been thought through — pages of notes, characters described down to their beauty marks, the relationships between them, their homes and towns mapped out.

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Cecilia Azcarate’s art history tumblelog B4XVI pairs pictures of rappers with historical sculptures, paintings, and statues from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection.

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When it comes to religious art, depictions of Jesus tend to feature him as saintly, reverential, floating above mere mortals or healing them with his touch (or he’s a baby). But a sculpture by artist Timothy P. Schmalz shows Jesus as a homeless man wrapped in a blanket, asleep on a bench.

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Franco’s Playhouse

by Alicia Eler on April 15, 2014

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LOS ANGELES — For all of James Franco’s talk about being James Franco, it’s pretty lame that he’s now trying to glean a bit of Cindy Sherman’s fame by recreating her photographs in drag.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on April 13, 2014

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This week, how to protect your passwords online, ignorance is bliss, the Jesus Wife Papyrus is not fake, 8 million flower petals in Costa Rica, Minimalism redux, million-dollar painting trashed, Bush paintings’ lazy sourcing, Koons on inflatables, and more.

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Weekend Words: Hundred

by Weekend Editors on April 13, 2014

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On Thursday, New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, passed his hundredth day in office, telling an audience in the Great Hall of Cooper Union, “Grass-roots politics, neighborhood politics, tells us that the people are almost always ahead of their leaders.”

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Before the frustration and jadedness come, before galleries and museums and auction houses, before art history exams and conceptual art and identity politics, there is the simple joy of making art.

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Well, lovers of Comic Sans rejoice!

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on April 6, 2014

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This week, the Bechdel test’s impact on movie revenue, the 17-year-old who slept with Ginsburg and Burroughs, Sotheby’s redesign, internet as propaganda tool, LACMA and Tinder, and more.

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