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Issue #150 Preview: Anthony Roth Costanzo by Justin Vivian Bond
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A look behind the scenes of Akhnaten, Philip Glass’s 1983 opera now playing at the Metropolitan Opera, in which the countertenor plays an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who defied gender conventions.

Not Your Well-Behaved Good Gay: Sara Quin Interviewed by Sarah Neilson
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The writer and musician on queer representation, empathy for our younger selves, and music for our feelings.

We Are More: Nora Maité Nieves Interviewed by Margaux Ogden
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Bringing painting into space as an object.

Multiply the Gaze: Karthika Naïr Interviewed by Bibi Deitz
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The poet on her reimagined version of Vyasa’s Mahabharata and the human cost of war.

Nightmare Narratives: Ryan Bock Interviewed by Naomi Falk
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Working with bed boards and found objects.

The Unnamable Inspires Me: Anne Serre Interviewed by Mary South
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On writing for the sound of it, scandalous joy, and the seriousness of scatterbrained expression.

This Wounded City: Annette Weisser Interviewed by by Julia Bosson
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On writing about cancer and healing under the looming specter of Berlin’s history.

Words Like Little Stones: Félicia Atkinson Interviewed by Ben Vida
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The sound artist on collecting and hunting for language.

Witness and Event: Julia Phillips Interviewed by Brandon Sward
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Sculpture and installation that investigate subjective perspectives.

Invent New Rules: Lara Vapnyar Interviewed by Rebecca Schiff
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The writer on creating a legend about her mother, breaking the fourth wall, and Elena Ferrante’s honesty.

Working Through Yourself: Kia LaBeija Interviewed by Nina Chanel Abney
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The artist, activist, and voguer on her Bauhaus-inspired performance for the Performa 19 Biennial.

West Meets East: Piotr Uklański Interviewed by Osman Can Yerebakan
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Repainting a European encounter with the Ottoman Empire.

Collective Resistance: Karen-Kaia Livers, Alison Parker, and Dread Scott Interviewed by Bob Snead
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A public art project in New Orleans reenacts a slave revolt.

Desire to Disrupt: Nathanaël Interviewed by K.B. Thors
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On the occasion of a new co-edition of Je Nathanaël, the author speaks about re-issues, the lie of the truth, and the limits of language.

Facing Duality: Arghavan Khosravi Interviewed by Will Fenstermaker
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The painter talks about her work across cultures.

Investigating Violence: Jonathan Herrera Soto Interviewed by Erica N. Cardwell
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Presenting the missing in prints and installations.

Lyrical and Capacious: Timothy Donnelly Interviewed by Shane McCrae
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Poetry with an epic sweep.

Issue #150 Preview: Christiane Jatahy by Jay Scheib
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This weekend at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Christiane Jatahy’s radical “mirror game” between film and live performance What If They Went to Moscow? plays for two audiences, one at BAM Fisher Theater and one at BAM Rose Cinemas—then they switch.

The Hit Writer: Jami Attenberg Interviewed by Elena Sheppard
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The author on her latest novel about family secrets, New Orleans, and characters waiting for their stories to be told.

Painting As Portal: Mike Cloud Interviewed by Sheryl Oppenheim
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On suffering, beauty, and utility.

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