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Migrant World: On Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow by T. J. Demos
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Examining the politics of representation. 

Before They Are Forgotten: Carlito Dalceggio Interviewed
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A painter opens his studio.

Digging Beneath the Polite Veneer: Eileen Pollack Interviewed by Taylor Larsen
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The writer discusses growing up in the Borscht Belt, the prevalence of literary humor, and the power of feminist punch lines.

From This Side and from That Side by Gabriela Wiener
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We are street people. Nomadic by nature. We are the grandchildren of poor, adventurous strangers. Our living radicalizes their legacy.

LaToya Ruby Frazier and Fred Moten by Dawn Lundy Martin
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Two poets and a photographer discuss the presence of absence, the power of the number three, and art as documentation and disruption.

Two Poems by Matthew Gavin Frank
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Broken, the madrilenial butterfly finally suckles / from the dime blood at the ankle of the tube sock.

Kaneza Schaal by Christopher Myers
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Putting diverse cultural and aesthetic traditions in dialogue, Schaal’s new performance work, Jack &, is a comedy of errors based on prison reentry programs and debutante balls.

A Panacea for Anti-Intellectualism: Martin Amis’s The Rub of Time by Ryan Chapman
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A new collection of criticism and reportage considers Trump, Bellow, and the pleasures of close reading.

Don Mee Choi and Christian Hawkey

Two poets reflect on colonialism, iconoclastic writers, and the political dimensions of translating literature under authoritarianism.

Just Keep Running: A Conversation with Tongo Eisen-Martin by Jeffrey Grunthaner
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The poet on prison writing, collective art-making, Bay-area resistance, and being read in a thousand years.

Looking Back on 2017: Film & Television
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Featuring selections by Jaime Manrique, David Grubbs, Molly Surno, Lynn Melnick, Lucio Pozzi, and more.

French Artist Vincent Sardon Puts His Stamp on French Culture by Michael Valinsky
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“My work simply reflects the world, which seems to have been created by an absolute moron.”

Between Then and Now: on Kara Walker and Ta-Nehisi Coates by Rabia Ashfaque
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Reminding us of what should never have been forgotten

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.

Three Poems by Alan Gilbert
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You might be an heir to the throne,
but I’ve abolished the monarchy
before the sun comes out
and washes away the DayGlo.

Lucy Ives by Tan Lin
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Ives discusses chasing false lures, testing the limits of relationships, and what’s been cut from her novel Impossible Views of the World.

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.

Literature of the Present: An Interview with Nick Laird by Will Chancellor
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“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.”

From Liquidation by Joey Yearous-Algozin & Holly Melgard
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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.

The New Political Novel: An Interview with David Burr Gerrard by Nicholas Mancusi
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“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.”

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