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Rachel Cusk by Alex Zafiris
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“For these books to work, the reader needs to play at least some role in the ‘writing’ of them.”

Aidan Koch by Chantal McStay
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“A lot of times I end up turning on the camera on my computer and playing something out, and pausing it and seeing what tonal or emotional nuances are there that I can work with.”

Christopher Sorrentino by Dana Spiotta
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“I intended The Fugitives to be as close to a zero-research book as possible. I decided that if I couldn’t find something with Google in ten minutes, then I should forget it, or make it up.”

Tom McCarthy by Frederic Tuten
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Tom McCarthy could be considered a conceptual artist whose medium is fiction. His Satin Island is just out. Frederic Tuten, the British novelist’s counterpart on this side of the Atlantic, investigates the novel’s dizzyingly diverse sources.

Ben Lerner & Ariana Reines
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For Lerner, Reines’s poems are “sites for irrational and transpersonal powers.” Reines, in turn, thinks of Lerner’s new novel, 10:04, as “Time Regained retold as The Odyssey in a best of all possible worlds.” Their banter touches on Whitman, poetic address, and “obliviating.”

Natalie Frank by Dasha Shishkin
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“Suspension of disbelief seems more immediate in a drawing, which is a direct portal into another world.”

Teju Cole by Aleksandar Hemon
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“Yes, I believe in life online, the way a person in 1910 might believe in aviation, or a person in 1455 might believe in movable type: with excitement and apprehension.”

Zadie Smith and Chris Ware
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Writer Zadie Smith and graphic novelist and illustrator Chris Ware spoke at the New York Public Library on December 11, 2012.

Mark Z. Danielewski by Christopher O'Riley
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Mark Z. Danielewski on the shapes, colors, music, and musicality of literature.

Paul La Farge and Peter Orner
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The authors ponder the implication of immersing fiction in place—Chicago in the case of Orner’s new novel Love and Shame and Love—and non-place, as in the hypertext that accompanies La Farge’s new novel, Luminous Airplanes.

Jim Shepard by Christie Hodgen
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In the ambitious stories in Shepard’s latest collection, You Think That’s Bad, psychological insight is derived from the characters’ exposure to extreme duress. Shepard discusses his short stories with fiction writer Christie Hodgen.

Rae Armantrout by Ben Lerner
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Pulitzer Prize–winner Rae Armantrout on her new book of poetry, Money Shot, and its dealings with value—in life, porn, and capitalism—through an email exchange with poet Ben Lerner.

Wesley Brown’s Push Comes to Shove by Patricia Spears Jones
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Since the mid-’70s, Wesley Brown has produced intensely provocative, well-crafted novels and plays in which the lives and characters of African Americans at different points in history are explored. 

Matthew Buckingham by Josiah McElheny
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To briefly describe Matthew Buckhingham’s work, one could suggest it’s a cross between the films and exhibition design of Charles and Ray Eames and Bruce Nauman’s sculptural video and performance works. 

Margot Singer’s The Pale of Settlement and Peter LaSalle’s Tell Borges If You See Him by Betsy Sussler
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The Pale of Settlement was once the swath of land designated by Imperial Russia as the only legitimate home of their Jewish population, one they reluctantly inherited after partitioning the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. 

Susan Wheeler by Robert Polito
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Robert Polito speaks with poet Susan Wheeler as her Ledger and Record Palace were about to be published.

Pierre Huyghe by Doug Aitken
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Pierre Huyghe, winner of the 2002 Hugo Boss Award, moves freely among different mediums, staging situations that while visually and conceptually complex, allow room for unexpected collaborations, both with other artists and with the viewer.

Hernan Bas by Roberto Juarez
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In 1964, more than a decade before Hernan Bas was born, Dieter Roth painted portraits with biodegradable materials such as processed cheese and chocolate.

The 19 Diaspora Paintings by Archie Rand

Archie Rand discusses his Diaspora Paintings and what it means to make Jewish art.

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