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Hope Is Fragile: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Reviewed by Monica Uszerowicz
Kevin Baker And Netflix

Jim Henson’s Netflix prequel is a masterpiece of puppetry filled with allusions to our contemporary moment.

First Impressions by Tom Comitta
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This piece consists entirely of first sentences from 268 short stories published in The New Yorker over the past 20 years, from 1997 to 2017.

The Limits of Sympathy: On Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room by Daniel Pearce
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What literature can (and can’t) tell us about America’s criminal justice system.

Cellular Portals: A Conversation with Ursula Andkjær Olsen by Morten Høi Jensen
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The Danish poet on corporeal poetics, pregnancy, and the influence of classical music.

Staring Back, Staring Out: An Interview with Jillian Weise by Jessie Male
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“I originally published this in 2007 thinking, Oh this is a fine book, but I will be joined by a whole lot of amputee writers, and they are going to be here any minute. I’m still waiting.”

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.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby by Erica Ando
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From Lagos to LA, a young painter’s images resonate with meaning, both personal and political.

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.

Mel Chin by Saul Ostrow
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Wry installations and revelatory sculptures blend art-making and activism in Chin’s unique practice of transformation.

Simone Leigh’s The Waiting Room by Terence Trouillot
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For her residency at the New Museum, Leigh looks at the act of healing through the lens of black female caregivers, educators, and intellectuals.

Vince Staples by Simone White
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“Life has a soundtrack. And certain music is a soundtrack to a certain type of identity or feeling. 50 Cent, the Game, and those kinds of guys—they made us feel like our lives were worth nothing, basically.”

Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige by Jessica Hong
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“A good part of our work is about giving materiality to things that aren’t visible.”

After the Crash by Ellie Robins
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Christos Ikonomou, Rafael Chirbes, and new fiction from the eurozone.

Camille Henrot by Michael Barron
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“We also looked into hysterical and mythological bad dads. And so we twisted all this material into questions like ‘Has your father eaten your siblings?‘”

The Necessary Rage by Scott Esposito
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On Iván Repila’s The Boy Who Stole Attila’s Horse

Frederick Wiseman by Nicholas Elliott
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“The best comedy is sad comedy.”

Mark Doten & Peter Dimock
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“People struggling to control language, control conversation, literally to control the world.”

BOMB Specific by Daniel Bozhkov
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Martha Rosler by James Eischen
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Martha Rosler on the Garage Sale, plights of modern workers, and her college days in California.

Cass McCombs and Ariel Pink by Mónica de la Torre​
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“When we walk around with all this weight on our shoulders, we justify our boots.”

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