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Intention and Chance by Joey Perr
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A selection of pages from Hands Up, Herbie!, a graphic biography of the artist and educator Herb Perr.

To Celebrate What’s Wonderful: Beowulf Sheehan Interviewed by Maria Dahvana Headley
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The portrait photographer on how he captures the spirit and power of a writer’s work.

Sculpture Room: Joshua Rivkin Interviewed by Rachel Cohen
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The biographer on writing about a complicated artist, with a peopled life.

Sacred Folly: on Romain Gary’s The Kites and Promise at Dawn by J.W. McCormack
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A rediscovered novel and memoir depict a character we are lucky to have on the page. In life he would mortify us.

“To Lie Is to Try”: Two Books on Kathy Acker by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
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Chris Kraus and Douglas A. Martin conjure the iconoclastic author.

The Endorithm 3 by Keith Connolly
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In the spirit of all Augusts, endured and half-remembered, some music-memory beach reading from two parallel realities.

Portrait of the Artist as a Room by Lynne Sachs
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On Studio: Remembering Chris Marker

The Villain Is the 20th Century by William Corwin
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With I Had Nowhere to Go, director Douglas Gordon brings the diary of filmmaker and poet Jonas Mekas into contact with our own reveries.

Spoleto ‘65 by Bill Berkson
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Frank O’Hara was asked by Gian Carlo Menotti to select the American poets for Settimana della Poesia at the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, June 26 through July 2, 1965. 

Danielle Dutton by Kate Zambreno
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“For me she is that awkward cucumber, but also the roses and carnations. She spreads. She crushes. She’s crushed. Margaret is the whole garden.”

Becca Blackwell’s They, Themself and Schmerm by Amber Power
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It’s Corey Haim here—‘80s heartthrob, teen idol, and tragic girlish boy next door. What’s up, Schmerm?

I Love Taylor Mead and Gay Power: Taylor Mead Columns 1969–1970, Both Edited and Published by John Edward Heys by Bob Holman
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It’s been two years since Taylor Mead left us to take his role as the Jester Fool Poet of the Great Bohemia in the Sky, but he is still a very living presence on the Lower East Side. 

Erik Satie’s A Mammal’s Notebook by Anthony Huberman
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One way to understand the work of Erik Satie is to imagine a place somewhere between two opposite artistic poles: James McNeill Whistler and Robert Filliou.

Valeria Luiselli by Jennifer Kabat
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Cities haunted by ghosts, ghosts that are a metaphor for language in their haunting doubling and mistranslations, language that’s full of holes, while the holes themselves are suggestive of abandoned places and writing that fails to describe anything accurately enough—this is Valeria Luiselli’s terrain.

Zig Zag: A Memoir by Klaus Kertess

You may have heard the sad news that John Chamberlain passed away last Wednesday morning. 

I Can Give You Anything but Love: A Memoir by Gary Indiana

Things to remember better: Ferd Eggan entered my life in San Francisco in 1969, the year I dropped out of Berkeley. 

Extremists: Daniil Kharms by Chris Cumming
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The revelatory rediscovery of Russian absurdist writer Daniil Kharms.

A Narrative Virus: Romance, Myth, and Memory by Ryan Sheldon
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Ryan Sheldon on Marco Roth’s memoir The Scientists: A Family Romance.

April Bernard’s Miss Fuller by Mimi Thompson
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April Bernard began Miss Fuller to explore the pathos of Margaret Fuller’s short, freethinking life.

Hector Abad’s Oblivion by Ashley McNelis
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Ashley McNelis on Héctor Abad’s memoir, Oblivion.

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