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Lynne Tillman by Geoffrey O'Brien

Tillman’s latest novel, American Genius, A Comedy, uses skin, that “illusory border between the body and the world,” as a fulcrum from which to explore an encyclopedic array of American subjects.

Amina Claudine Myers by George Lewis
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Amina Claudine Myers, virtuoso pianist and organist, sits down with trombonist, composer, and educator George Lewis to discuss the articulations between sound, history, and place that are central to her work.

Tod Papageorge by Richard B. Woodward
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On the occasion of Tod Papageorge’s “The Acropolis” series in Picture Magazine, we revisit his photographs of Central Park in the ’70s and his friendship with Garry Winogrand.

Anthony McCall by Stephen Johnstone & Graham Ellard
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Anthony McCall speaks with fellow artists Graham Ellard and Stephen Johnstone about his latest work, Between You and I.

Judith Linhares by Madison Smartt Bell
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Award-winning novelist Madison Smartt Bell instigates an epistolary exchange with painter Judith Linhares on dream theory and Emily Dickinson.

Steven Shainberg by Andrew Fierberg
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Director Steven Shainberg and producer Andrew Fierberg share a successful partnership forged in projects like Secretary and their latest, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus. The two sit down to compare notes.

Theresa Rebeck by Evangeline Morphos
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Rebeck is busy this fall: “Poor Behavior,” is now in previews at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Her play “Seminar,” starring Alan Rickman and Lily Rabe, opens on Broadway in November.

Nichole Argo and Omar Amanat
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Producer Omar Amanat speaks with author Nichole Argo on her groundbreaking study, The Human Bombs Project.

William Katavolos by Deborah Gans
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William Katavolos’s career as an avant-gardist spans 60 years, culminating in his ongoing research into aquatecture, or liquid architecture. Colleague Deborah Gans places his vision within the trajectory of architectural history.

First Proof

Scrapbook by Sheila Bosworth

“All I want is to see where I’m going next.”
—Amy Hempel, Tumble Home

Laurie Sheck by Susan Wheeler
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I first met Laurie Sheck in the summer of 1995, at another poet’s, Julie Agoos’s place in Princeton. Laurie lived in Princeton too, and taught at Rutgers, and I was there visiting friends for the day. 

Frances Richard and Anne Waldman
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Poets Anne Waldman and Frances Richard discuss their careers, new work, and life at the forefront of the poetic avant-garde. Or, as Waldman calls it, “the avant-derriere.”

Matchwork by Sasha Chachavadze
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In Speak, Memory, Vladimir Nabokov describes meeting an old general as a child who, to amuse him, laid out matchsticks on a sofa, placing them end to end, saying, “This is the sea in calm weather,” then changing them to a zigzag and saying, “This is a stormy sea.”

Scotland by Salar Abdoh

The eyes of the Iranian Ministry of Security’s London office chief were green. Nariman, being 13 years old, didn’t trust those eyes.

Two Poems by Donald Platt

Elegy in the Rainbow Season

The Weight of Smoke by George Robert Minkoff

The old mariner looked up, surprised to see anyone around him. 

What I Did I Showed Extremely Bad Judgment by Geronimo Madrid

By 8 AM my older brother, the cracker, has me in a suit, in his car and on the way to the 

Artists On Artists

Mark Klett by Darius Himes

An artists on artists text on Photographer Mark Klett by Darius Himes, accompanied by several photographs by Mark Klett, the first titled Three Views of the Site of Comstock Mines.

Gregory Blackstock by Leah Beeferman
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Leah Beeferman on the art of Gregory Blackstock.

Spencer Finch by Thomas Rayfiel
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Most of us, when a light bulb goes on in our head, think we have an idea. Spencer Finch realized what he had was … a light bulb.

Editor's Choice

Robert Polidori’s After the Flood by T.R. Johnson

I’ve lived in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans for six years, and I might live here the rest of my life. 

Amid Amidi’s Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation by Duncan Teater
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In Chicago, where I live, I can eat a cup of decent pea soup at a bakery across the street from the Richard J. Daley Center, a sharp steel and glass courthouse tower. 

Steve Roden by Fionn Meade
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To find latent hymns in an increasingly dilapidated modernist Italian office building or situate an original sound composition within so highly reverent a structure as a James Turrell Skyspace requires a combination of confidence and humility found only in play. 

Hollis Frampton’s (nostalgia) by Steven Villereal
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The volumes in Afterall’s “One Work” series are extended, illustrated essays on individual contemporary artworks deemed to survey new artistic terrain or ask revolutionary questions about artistic practice.

Allen Ginsberg by Anne Waldman

I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg
by Bill Morgan (Ginsberg’s archivist for the last 20 years of his life): Viking/Penguin, October

Maureen Owen’s Erosion’s Pull by Patricia Spears Jones
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For more than 25 years, Maureen Owen has been creating poems that explore the malleability of the page—how space becomes its own punctuation or phrase. 

Ryan Boudinot’s The Littlest Hitler by Nicole Steinberg
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“Then there’s the time I went as Hitler for Halloween,” begins the title story of Ryan Boudinot’s debut collection.

Crime in Choir’s Trumpery Métier by Andrew Leland
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Crime in Choir’s third album, Trumpery Métier—an English/French combo-phrase meaning something like “pointless trade”—is a triumphant, prog-soaked instrumental rock album by five highly stoned and proficient musicians from San Francisco.

Matthew Zapruder’s The Pajamaist by Sarah Fay
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I have to admit that while reading Matthew Zapruder’s new collection, The Pajamaist, I was looking for things not to like.