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The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum 
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James Keith Brown
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Two Things at Once: On Harry Mathews’ The Solitary Twin by J.W. McCormack
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The pleasures of literary play in the writer’s final novel.

Object Possibilities: Stories of Almost Everyone by Michael Valinsky
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The Thingliness of Things at the Hammer Museum.

Mundanity and Insanity: on Joy Williams’s The Changeling by Lincoln Michel
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Rediscovering a beguiling masterpiece forty years after its publication.

Elliptical Communication: Alexandra Pirici’s Co-natural by Rachel Valinsky
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Citation, embodiment, movement, and holograms.

Sheila Heti’s Motherhood by Monica Uszerowicz
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When I was young, my mother told me that when she was a fetus in her mother’s womb, her own body already contained the egg that would one day be fertilized and become me. It’s an image akin to an infinite-loop motif—a Droste-effect woman in a woman in a woman

Lynne Tillman’s Men and Apparitions by Michael Valinsky
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Lynne Tillman’s first novel in twelve years, Men and Apparitions, follows a narrator ruminating on his own subject position: Ezekiel “Zeke” Stark, a cultural anthropologist, conducts a study of men’s reactions to and impressions of the changing nature of masculinity in America today. 

Manuel DeLanda: ISM ISM by Jon Dieringer
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To witness the vulgar, Zap Comix–inspired panorama in Manuel DeLanda’s 1979 film ISM ISM—its blubbering testicle-breasts and segmented-plumber’s-pipe phallus scrawled in marker on the tiled walls of a Manhattan subway station, just to start—is to share in the brief, bewildering encounter a commuter may have had with street art before the soap and cleaning brushes arrived.

Ellie Ga’s Square Octagon Circle by Emmy Catedral
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Artist and explorer Ellie Ga’s voyage to Egypt began with the end of a previous expedition near the North Pole. She spent five months of 2007 with a French crew aboard a ship called Tara, drifting without daylight along Arctic ice cracks. 

Unerased History: Provocations: Anselm Kiefer at The Met Breuer by Jonelle Mannion
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An exhibition of works on paper by the major German artist.

The Rest Is Silence: Magnus Mills’s The Forensic Records Society by Sean Adams
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The comic turmoil of the mundane, with musical accompaniment.

David Behrman’s Music With Memory by Clinton Krute
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We often think of music as flowing from memory or being committed to memory. Music With Memory—the title of a new LP of three ’80s-era performances of works by the composer David Behrman—implies some conversation and interplay between the two. 

Genre Omnivore: on Dino Buzzati’s Catastrophe by Lincoln Michel
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Fabulism and absurdity from an under-appreciated Italian master.

Radical Habitation: Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect by Forrest Muelrath
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Making interiors exterior.

Soap Opera Prophets: Personal Problems by Michael Blair
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A rediscovered milestone in independent black cinema.

The Frays of Life: On Julián Herbert’s Tomb Song by Hunter Braithwaite
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Autofiction that explores the borderland between memoir and vision quest.

The Endorithm 6 by Keith Connolly
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A selection of recently reissued music by Basil Kirchin, High Rise, Michael Cosmic, and Phill Musra Group.

Elastic and Unbuilt: The Projective Drawing at the Austrian Cultural Forum by Alexandra Tell
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Contending with Robin Evans and the limits of architectural drawing.

The Ecstasy of Time: Reframing the Medium of Knowing by Li Bowen
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Translating the human to the digital. 

One Unsettling Night in a Bar: Angela Washko’s The Game: The Game by Daniella LaGaccia
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Building empathy through simulated pickup artistry.

FOLD: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures by Chantal McStay
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From a tragic shipwreck to an epic, collective political art project.

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