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Beyond the Borders of American Realism: A Conversation by Jeff Jackson & Martin Riker
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A two-sided novel and a psychological road narrative, both books explore contemporary culture by channeling iconic literary traditions. 

Let People Be Who They Are: Sam Pink by Leah Schnelbach
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On writing without moral objectives, Florida’s thunderstorms, and jobs both terrible and sublime. 

Arrogant Class Renegade by Daniel Lefferts
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Sexual awakening amid poverty and violence in Édouard Louis’s The End of Eddy

Ron Athey by Zackary Drucker
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From the Pentecostal churches of his youth to ’80s underground Goth punk and queer clubs to museums around the world, an iconic performance artist tells his story.

Nell Zink by Keith Gessen
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Nicotine, the author’s third novel in as many years, dives into the world of East Coast anarchists.

Portfolio by Olga Chernysheva

New York, London, Berlin—all are familiar names on the global trade routes of contemporary art. Less so Moscow, which has only regained some of its avant-garde glory in the new century. In this short time, Olga Chernysheva has emerged as an acute observer of post-Soviet life.

Chaitanya Tamhane by Liza Béar
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“It’s a different kind of terror when you’re constantly being arrested. Your mind starts exercising self-censorship on its own.”

Jean Grémillon’s Daïnah la métisse by Nicholas Elliott
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Grémillon’s film presents the truth, which is political but rarely correct, if we understand “correct” to be the just order of things.

Tony Medina’s Broke Baroque by Patricia Spears Jones
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The second week in January, when I wrote this piece, marked the fiftieth anniversary of the war on poverty. More than forty-seven million people are currently living below the official poverty line.

A Period of Juvenile Prosperity by Mike Brodie
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A selection of images, some shown here for the first time, from photographer Mike Brodie’s series A Period of Juvenile Prosperity (2006–2009). A former teenage runaway himself, Brodie captures the adventurous spirit and difficult existence of his fellow freight train hoppers.

Rebecca Wolff and Jeffrey DeShell
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Jeffrey DeShell and Rebecca Wolff discuss their latest works–from class, porn, to intertextuality found in our day-to-day lives.

Clifford Owens by Nick Stillman
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Clifford Owens spent the summer performing scores written by fellow artists at his PS1 studio. With Nick Stillman he looks back at the history of black performance art and forward to his MoMA exhibition Anthology.

Sebastián Silva by Christian Viveros-Fauné
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Sebastián Silva’s highly realistic films are also thrillers. Set in Chile and performed by ensemble casts who replicate their counterparts in life with stunning veracity, his latest film, Old Cats, opens in New York this spring.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul by Lawrence Chua
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Lawrence Chua speaks to the filmmaker about Thai history and its ghosts.

Ralph Bakshi by Morgan Miller
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The legendary animator and filmmaker Ralph Bakshi, innovator of documents of generational angst like Fritz the Cat and Coonskin, has turned to visual art.

Zoran Todorovic by Melissa Potter
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How does national identity influence the interpretation of an artwork?

Sergio Fajardo y Giancarlo Mazzanti (spanish)
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En los últimos años Medellín se ha vuelto visita obligada de los arquitectos que vistan Colombia y América del Sur. 

Rebecca Solnit by Astra Taylor
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Filmmaker Taylor delves into Solnit’s book, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster, where the preconceptions of human nature are exposed and the triumphs of civil society are extolled.

Thomas Bradshaw by Margo Jefferson
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Jefferson describes Bradshaw’s plays as treacherous territories peopled with high-achieving suburbanites and professors gripped by sexual and racial manias. Their most dangerous quality: they act on pure id.

Will Steacy by Alec Quig
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Alec Quig and Will Steacy discuss Steacy’s work and what it means to photograph “the rough side of town.”

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