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Mathieu Lindon’s Learning What Love Means by Andrew Durbin
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It is both a memoir of Lindon’s literary friendships and a treatise on survival, a tribute to the friends whose care and love, in Lindon’s words, saved his life, even as they were themselves lost.

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.

Collective Enthusiasm: An Interview with Agnès Varda & JR by Gary M. Kramer
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“We never thought, ‘We have to give them dignity.’ We thought we have to give them empathy.”

Arrogant Class Renegade by Daniel Lefferts
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Sexual awakening amid poverty and violence in Édouard Louis’s The End of Eddy

Alessandra Sanguinetti’s Le Gendarme sur la Colline by Gideon Jacobs
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Old iconography in a new France

from Compass by Mathias Énard

I’d rather be in my bed, eyes in the dark, lying on my back, head resting on a soft pillow, than in the desert, even in the company of Félicien David, even in the company of Sarah.

Ghédalia Tazartès by Lawrence Kumpf
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“I was spooling cassette tape all around my room in a big loop, running it around and through things. At the time, I got the impression I had invented the loop.”

Roger Lewinter’s Story of Love in Solitude and The Attraction of Things by K. Thomas Kahn
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These two slim volumes, which are somehow stories, memoirs, meditations, diaries, and novels all in one, operate as much at the level of the sentence as that of the story. 

Laia Jufresa by Valeria Luiselli
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The author’s first novel is set in Mexico City, but its themes of violence, grief, and solitude are truly global.

Javier Téllez’s To Have Done with the Judgment of God by Silvia Benedetti
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Venezuelan-born artist Javier Téllez’s first exhibition at Koenig & Clinton took its title from his recent film To Have Done with the Judgment of God (2016) and concerns an experience that marked Antonin Artaud’s life in 1936: the author’s encounter with the Rarámuri community living in the Sierra Tarahumara in northwest Mexico.

Mathieu Amalric by Nicholas Elliott
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“As soon as you film someone it accelerates the deterioration of love.”

Monte Laster by Hunter Braithwaite
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North of Paris, west of Texas—Laster’s community-based social sculptures span cultures and continents.

Thomas Lilti by Liza Béar
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As both physician and filmmaker, Lilti discusses his recent hospital drama and the challenges of medical and artistic practice.

Armel Hostiou by Gary M. Kramer
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Love, obsession, and comedy in the big city.

Céline Sciamma by Steve Macfarlane
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Cinematic choreography and the art of showing, not telling.

Agnès Varda by Sabine Mirlesse
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The “grandmother of the French New Wave” discusses her ever-evolving artistic practice.

Eugène Green by Nicholas Elliott
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American-born French director applies the paradox of the Baroque worldview to the composition of his films, and most recently, to La Sapienza. Nicholas Elliott probes Green’s interest in the tension between spirit and reason.

Leos Carax’s Boy Meets Girl by Nicholas Elliott
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Modern love in slow motion and black-and-white.

Adolfo Arrieta’s Flammes by Nicholas Elliott
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Politics, sex, and fire in this cinematic house of cards.

Andrew Hugill’s Pataphysics: A Useless Guide by Daniel Levin Becker
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Pataphysics: A Useless Guide, a theological pseudoscience, defines hand gestures as providing access to the divine, and others as blasphemy.

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