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The Arcades: Contemporary Art & Walter Benjamin by Claire Barliant
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Benjamin as hollow window dressing

Donald Judd Writings by Maika Pollack
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If you’ve ever taken a course about modern and contemporary art history, chances are you know that Minimalist sculptor Donald Judd wrote the lively essay “Specific Objects” in 1965. But you may not know that Judd wrote throughout his thirty-five-year career. 

See & Be Seen by Maika Pollack
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On David Salle’s How to See

Rendezvous in the Alps by Ratik Asokan
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With The Seasons in Quincy, filmmakers Tilda Swinton, Colin MacCabe, and Christopher Roth produce portraits of art critic and novelist John Berger.

Body Party by Andrew Durbin
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On Robert Glück’s Communal Nude

Margo Jefferson by Tobi Haslett
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“Crude action is required here. Take off that limb, see what’s left.”

Craft Talk Nobody Asked For by Justin Taylor
Albert Henry Arden

One of my favorite books of short fiction from the last few years is Sam Lipsyte’s The Fun Parts. I often assign stories from it in my workshops and have been waiting for an opportunity to teach the whole collection. 

Mark von Schlegell by Erika Landström
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“Fiction can be this art object that doesn’t show us anything new about reality, but draws out everything fake.”

David Winters by Andrew Gallix
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“It seems to me that style becomes a kind of crucible—an acid bath in which the self is broken down, producing something unique, something new.”

Michael Hofmann by Keenan McCracken
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Deep language, the “silver” figures of literature, and reader as pit canary.

Chloé Griffin’s Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller by Pati Hertling
Pati Hertling

Late one night in the summer of 2002 or 2003, I was in Berlin, having just returned after six months in Paris. Friends told me of a woman I just had to meet, a bartender at Barbie Deinhoff’s. 

The Cahiers Series: Center for Writers & Translators, The American University of Paris by Sarah Gerard
Ivan Vladislavić

Translation as visitation. Translating silence, or the inability to translate silence. A word that does not want to be translated. Translation as story. Attempting to translate grief. Translation as unanswered letter to the dead. 

Ben Ryder Howe on Charles Newman by Scott Esposito
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Ben Ryder Howe speaks about the amazing mind of Charles Newman and how he managed to reconstruct the American avant-gardist’s last novel.

Sarah Charlesworth, 1947 - 2013 by Ben Handzo
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Handzo, a former editor of BOMBlog and a protégé of the recently passed Sarah Charlesworth, remembers his mentor.

Phillip Lopate by Shifra Sharlin
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Phillip Lopate has had a good year, publishing To Show and To Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction and Portrait Inside My Head. He spoke with Sharlin about humor, honesty, and his identity as a native New Yorker.

Mark Cousins by Pamela Cohn
 What Is This Film Called Love

Director and critic Mark Cousins on conveying the experience of traveling in his film What Is This Film Called… Love? and about the potentials and limitations of film festivals.

Amy Herzog by Carolyn Cantor
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“I went through a period in my twenties when I really resented the pressure to be happy that I felt from my parents and from the world at large, because aspiring to be happy doesn’t always lead to the most interesting life.”

Justin Lieberman by Nic Guagnini

This is a two-part Artists on Artists. Lieberman responds to Nic Guagnini in the second half of this article.

Hans Magnus Enzensberger by Tracy K. Smith
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Poets Enzensberger and Smith discuss politically engaged writing and their fondness for flops. Smith won a 2012 Pulitzer Prize for her collection, Life on Mars.

David Antin’s Radical Coherency by Danny Snelson
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The new retrospective on David Antin’s work takes its viewers through over 40 years of critical poetic practice, from art criticism to talk-poems.

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