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from Adjunct Island by Joanna Howard
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The canoe is covered in canvas, and something is trapped in the weave, deep under the shellac. A knot perhaps, or stitch.

Nina Katchadourian by Mónica de la Torre​
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Embracing boredom and creative constraints, Katchadourian tells of in-flight artwork and other conceptual projects.

Portfolio by Gabriela Vainsencher
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“Eh…”

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.

Jordan Kantor by Dean Rader
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When I look at Jordan Kantor’s visual art, I think of poems.

Jeremy Sigler by Samuel Jablon
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“As writers, we have the tendency to get disgusted by our own filth and start throwing it all away, spraying disinfectant and removing words, instead of using creativity to construct buoyancy.”

Laurie Simmons’s My Art by Judith Hudson
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Taking cinema’s portrayal of artists personally

Fiona Maazel by Tracy O'Neill
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“Comedy is a great vehicle for spreading the bad news about who we are. It’s also a mercy killing of the resistance that springs up whenever we’re forced to look at ourselves.”

DeForrest Brown Jr. & Bill Kouligas
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“How do you draw information out if you aren’t involved and in love with it.”

Now You See Them, Now You Don’t by Micaela Morrissette
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Reliable uncertainty in Deb Olin Unferth’s Wait Till You See Me Dance

Innocent Intellect by Rachel Riederer
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Heady fun in Elif Batuman’s The Idiot

Rita Ackermann by Josh Smith
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We listen in as two painters talk painting, studio practice, and the way their works live out in the world.

Aki Sasamoto’s Delicate Cycle by David Everitt Howe
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With charmingly deadpan humor, Aki Sasamoto’s performances and installations tease out just how small human existence is; despite our more evolved intellect, advanced motor skills, and ability to read and appreciate Proust, we’re all basically rats at heart, just with the added bonus of self-reflection and a love for rosé.

How to Suffer Well by Charlotte Lieberman
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On Max Ritvo’s Four Reincarnations

Motherland by Cecilia Corrigan

A lighthearted psychodrama about mommy issues and Hillary Clinton.

Bob Mankoff by Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
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“Humor teaches us that you can be a good person but also have bad thoughts.”

Stephen Collier & Michael St. John
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“Stephen and I went drinking and eating one night from Canal Street to Esplanade (the length of the French quarter). We spent hours talking about New Orleans and art, both of which I love.”

Casey Jane Ellison by Brienne Walsh
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“What’s the difference between New York and LA? In New York, you cry in the street, but in LA, you cry in your car.”

Craft Talk Nobody Asked For by Justin Taylor
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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. 

Nicole Eisenman and David Humphrey
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The painters discuss facial symmetry and mirror neurons, the interplay between image and texture, and their shared interest in storytelling through figuration.

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