Reminding us of what should never have been forgotten
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.
You might be an heir to the throne,
but I’ve abolished the monarchy
before the sun comes out
and washes away the DayGlo.
Ives discusses chasing false lures, testing the limits of relationships, and what’s been cut from her novel Impossible Views of the World.
Disastrous screenings, Nam June Paik’s meeting with Bill Clinton, and time spent as a dog.
“Literature is a way of establishing the humanness of others. It’s interested in the relationships between people, between authenticity and truth. That in itself has to make us better disposed to each other.”
After playing video poker and walking the boardwalk all night, we stopped by Trump Taj Mahal on our way out of town to gawk at the business our president ran into the ground.
“I admire my characters for their ability to do something that I would find far too embarrassing to do myself. Fiction can get us to experience what we might do if we were braver. Or dumber.”
“I don’t want the kind of career where everything is sensible and safe; I’d rather suffer through the anxiety of wondering where I’m going next than suffer the boredom of dancing in the same safe square.”
A New York- and Cairo-based artist unpacks her understanding of heritage and how it can operate in contemporary art.
A Chilean American poet maps the troubling parallels between his native land under Pinochet and the present-day US.
Inspired by Japanese “landscape theory,” a Parisian artist-filmmaker explains why he prefers to show us the world as his subjects see it.
“What’s the point of being queer, or an artist, or a radical, if you don’t veer?”
“I won’t open my palm for those wanting to dominate.”
Old iconography in a new France
Risk, a new documentary by Laura Poitras, follows the Wikileaks founder as public perception sours.
“Moving bodies generate this system. They create, supposedly, some justification to play this market out.”
Wordplay as dissent in Layli Long Soldier’s Whereas