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New York Diary by Édouard Louis
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The French writer Édouard Louis recorded his days in New York, around the time of the American release of his novel The End of Eddy. The following entries originally appeared in French in the June 6, 2017, edition of Les Inrockuptibles.

Four Memories by Jonas Mekas
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Disastrous screenings, Nam June Paik’s meeting with Bill Clinton, and time spent as a dog.

“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.

Vesuvius in Your Mind: On Joan Jonas’s Early Films by Mónica Savirón
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Uncovering the artist’s innovations and legacies.

Missing Contexts: The Pioneering Work of Halprin, Forti, and Rainer by Karla Kelsey
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Tracing the lineage of feminism and social justice in postmodern dance.

Filming the Unspeakable: The Cinema of Yvonne Rainer by Dana Reinoos
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Radical feminist films from the legendary choreographer, artist, and dancer

Okkyung Lee and Ikue Mori
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Two improvisers and composers discuss their involvement in New York’s experimental music scene.

Ieva Misevičiūtė by Melanie Bonajo
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A performance artist who grew up in the circus uses clowning, street dance, and butoh in playful and provocative combinations.

John Giorno, Poet by Rebecca Waldron & Chris Kraus
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John Giorno’s influence as a cultural impresario, philanthropist, activist, hero, and éminence grise stretches so widely and across so many generations that one can almost forget that he is primarily a poet.

John Giorno’s Archives
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A selection curated by Marcia Bassett

Gallery Crawl: Chelsea by Wendy Vogel
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The Mall-ification of Manhattan

Field Recording by Aakash Mittal
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Aakash Mittal is a performing artist and composer who employs colorful dissonance, meditative silence, and angular rhythm to express environments ranging from the American West to the streets of Kolkata.

Constance DeJong by Jennifer Krasinski
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“We were relegated to Chick Lit, romance novels, our subjects were love and motherhood and other sexually-defined things. Modern Love mocks that, to some degree. It pushes back.”

from The Manhattan Project by László Krasznahorkai
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I sat at the bar of the Zwiebelfisch in Berlin together with David Bell, the renowned Kant scholar; it happened to be one of his regular haunts and it was the only spot where we could have an undisturbed meeting whenever he was in Berlin.

Stephin Merritt by Franklin Bruno
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The prolific New York lyricist digs into songcraft on the occasion of his new autobiographical album, 50 Song Memoir.

Field Recording by Aki Onda
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Burn, burn offerings… the fire will purify your body and mind…

Peter Bradley by Steve Cannon, Quincy Troupe & Cannon Hersey
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“I don’t want to mention names, but there are several black artists that would like to shoot me today because they weren’t in that show. Some of them are dead, but the ones that aren’t dead still give me a lot of bullshit every time I see them.”

Lynda Benglis by Federica Bueti
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The eminent artist discusses her materials, “frozen gestures,” and the illusion of form.

Becca Blackwell by Jim Fletcher
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The actors chat about performing masculinity, transitioning, and Blackwell’s one-person show They, Themself and Schmerm.

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.

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