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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.”

Harmony Holiday by Farid Matuk
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“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.”

Iman Issa by Andrew Weiner
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A New York- and Cairo-based artist unpacks her understanding of heritage and how it can operate in contemporary art.

Daniel Borzutzky by Joyelle McSweeney

A Chilean American poet maps the troubling parallels between his native land under Pinochet and the present-day US.

Eric Baudelaire by Benoît Rossel
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Inspired by Japanese “landscape theory,” a Parisian artist-filmmaker explains why he prefers to show us the world as his subjects see it.

Morgan Bassichis by Katherine Brewer Ball
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“What’s the point of being queer, or an artist, or a radical, if you don’t veer?”

Kayapó Chief Tuire by Pinar Yolaçan
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“I won’t open my palm for those wanting to dominate.”

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

The Enigma of Julian Assange by Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
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Risk, a new documentary by Laura Poitras, follows the Wikileaks founder as public perception sours.

Wolfgang Tillmans’s 2017 by Orit Gat
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The smallest of details, writ large

Postcommodity by Rob Goyanes
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“Moving bodies generate this system. They create, supposedly, some justification to play this market out.”

Tókȟaȟ’an: To Lose, to Suffer Loss, to Be Gone by Gillie Collins
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Wordplay as dissent in Layli Long Soldier’s Whereas

Guillermo Calderón’s Villa by Tom Sellar
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It takes a rare kind of playwright to evoke the head-spinning contradictions in our national political psyches.

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