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Co-Illusion: Dispatches from the End of Communication by David Levi Strauss Reviewed by Will Fenstermaker
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Examining the war of images in the current political landscape.

Co-Illusion: Dispatches from the End of Communication by David Levi Strauss Reviewed by Will Fenstermaker
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Examining the war of images in the current political landscape.

Josephine Decker’s Shirley by Lincoln Michel
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It’s rare for a short story to cause a ruckus, and Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is one of the few exceptions.

Rainald Goetz’s Rave by Shivani Radhakrishnan
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“With my straight razor, I unmask the lie,” Rainald Goetz read at a literary prize competition in 1983. Then, Goetz picked up a blade and sliced open his forehead, nonchalant.

Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Word Book (Translated by Bettina Funcke) by Corina Copp
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Tilda Swinton once said in an interview, referring to her collaborator Derek Jarman, director of Wittgenstein (1993): “He was the material of his own work.”

Lafawndah’s The Fifth Season by Lily Sperry
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Lafawndah extends outward, drawing on the emotionally charged myths of N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy to guide her.

Vivian Vázquez Irizarry and Gretchen Hildebran’s Decade of Fire by Roya Marsh
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Decade of Fire is a remarkable tale of the Bronx’s rise from ash, standing to set the record straight about the fires that ravaged the borough in the late ’60s and ’70s.

Andrés Jaque and Ivan L. Munuera’s The Transscalar Architecture of COVID-19 by Alex Tell
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In mid-March, a still from the reality show Big Brother in Germany circulated on the Internet. It showed the contestants, who had been locked in a house together since early February, relaxing in a hot tub, blissfully unaware of the pandemic surging across the globe.

Larger Than Oneself: Olivier Assayas’s Wasp Network by Ken Foster
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A Cuban political thriller that leaves politics off-screen.

Work That Sustains: The Wattis Library by Amber Power
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Offering open access to essays, lectures, and performances by contemporary artists and scholars during the pandemic.

Revisiting History: Yvonne Rainer, Revisions: Essays by Apollo Musagète, Yvonne Rainer, and Others Reviewed by Rachel Valinsky
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A collection of texts by and about the groundbreaking choreographer and filmmaker.

A “New” Normal: Farah Al Qasimi’s FUNHOUSE Reviewed by David Everitt Howe
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Cultural hybridity and displacement between East and West.

An Album Against Extinction: Sciamachy Reviewed by Ruby Brunton
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The poet Anne Waldman leads a global musical collaboration.

Nina Menkes’s Queen of Diamonds by Catherine Damman
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“Are you in pain?”

The first words spoken in Nina Menkes’s 1991 film, Queen of Diamonds, treated to a recent 4k restoration, slice through minutes of opening silence.

Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher’s The Conservation Revolution by Amelia Rina
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Capitalism is fundamentally unsustainable. In the spring of 2020, the world began experiencing this fact more acutely than ever, as humankind struggled to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wayne Koestenbaum’s Figure It Out by Tracy O’Neill
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In a career spanning over two decades, Wayne Koestenbaum has copped to a lot.

Bernadette Mayer’s Memory by Diana Hamilton
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Bernadette Mayer’s Memory was never meant to be a book.

Kazik Radwanski’s Anne at 13,000 Ft. by Esmé Hogeveen
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“You look really different than your picture.” This skewering statement is delivered at the outset of a doomed Tinder date by Anne, the impish protagonist of Kazik Radwanski’s Anne at 13,000 Ft.

Disorderly Glory: Joyce García’s Yo No Soy Guapo by Max Pearl
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Mexico City’s sonidero scene finally gets the documentary it deserves.

Miasmic Dread and Inexplicable Lightness: Meriem Bennani and Orian Barki’s 2 Lizards Reviewed by Simon Wu
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Narrativizing everyday experiences of the pandemic in New York City.

Nancy Princenthal’s Unspeakable Acts: Women, Art, and Sexual Violence in the 1970s Reviewed by Hall W. Rockefeller
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Situating a recent history of feminist art.

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