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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on July 27, 2014

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This week, defining “public,” the Mona Lisa of digital art, the most modern curator, Baffler online, white flags over Brooklyn, the Chinese role in WWI, Americans eligible for Man Booker prize for the first time, and more.

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Weekend Words: Mess

by Weekend Editors on July 27, 2014

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“‘It’s a very tangled mess,’ said Gary Samore, a former national security aide to Mr. Obama.” That’s the sum of current events as reported in an article on Obama’s response to the crises mounting around the world that appeared in Wednesday’s New York Times. Samore continues: “You name it, the world is aflame. Foreign policy […]

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In part 2 of this month, reviews of Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith, Indian Ocean, and Kitten.

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Marilyn Chin (2007)

A few weeks ago, on Centre Street–just north of Canal, the longtime boundary between Chinatown and the rest of Manhattan–I was on a panel, Re-imagining Asian American (and American) Poetry, at the Museum of Chinese in America (MoCA).

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Close-up of one of Emery Blagdon's hanging sculptures (2012), wire, found bottles, wire, metallic foil, paint, shells, dimensions variable

Yesterday evening’s nationwide PBS broadcast of Kelly Rush’s new documentary short, Emery Blagdon & His Healing Machine, served as a reminder of just what it is that distinguishes the lives and careers of the most exemplary outsider artists.

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Peter Acheson,

I first encountered Peter Acheson’s table sculpture several years ago. A strange thing that continues to change through the years, the weather and the seasons.

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While the increased availability of Ray Johnson’s letters, notes, and statements subtilizes our understanding of this legendarily well-connected yet enigmatic artist, his flattened logorrheia is also just fun to read.

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Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on July 20, 2014

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This week, a photojournalist on a beach in Gaza, a dog saves an artist’s life, CalArts in the 1970s, Žižek plagiarizes from a white supremacists, in defense of appropriation, post-Murakami Japanese art, and more.

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Weekend Words: Rain

by Weekend Editors on July 20, 2014

Childe Hassam

By mid-July, more rain has fallen in the New York region (5.19 inches) than the typical average for the entire month (4.6 inches).

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Mark Wunderlich’s The Earth Avails

Much of Mark Wunderlich’s decidedly sincere and dexterous new book The Earth Avails derives, as well as extrapolates from a little leather volume of common prayers, a treasury of highly particular, utilitarian 19th-century Protestant folk devotionals. Not only has he carefully reconstituted these idiosyncratic beseechments and their pious worldview, he has exceeded them in a number of ways.

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