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William T. Williams by Mona Hadler
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“I didn’t want to paint figuratively. I didn’t want something that was overtly referencing the social issues around me, but I wanted to find a way to describe them. How do you internalize this? How do you make a form that forces a painting to be an experience that is not necessarily easy to see, handle, or look at?”

Alex Gilvarry and Gabe Hudson 
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The novelists on Vietnam, Norman Mailer, and the dragon’s perspective.

Bad News by Lizzie Tribone
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Disobeying history in Don Mee Choi’s Hardly War.

David Means’s Hystopia by Chantal McStay
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The crisply constructed short stories for which David Means has become renowned are high and tight. His new—and first—novel, Hystopia, is something shaggier, departing, in its theoretical approach, from the New Yorker School of Fiction for the emerging field of narrative medicine, in which testimonies of trauma are inherently wooly and chaotic rather than refined and concise.

Debra Granik by Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
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“I never could’ve predicted that these burly men clad in leather and chains, riding these metal ponies, could be that wracked by stuff and live with actual ghosts.”

Stanley Whitney by David Reed
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A painter colleague, Fabian Marcaccio, uses a phrase to describe a certain kind of artist. He says that they are “long runners.” Stanley Whitney is a long runner.

Jameson Ellis’s Improved M16 Prototype #1 by Zachary Lazar
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After designing and building what he regards as an improved M16 in his studio, Jameson Ellis reduced the act of firing a gun to “pure functionality” at the Salomon Contemporary.

It Is What It Is: Exclusive Audio

In Jeremy Deller’s project “It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq” journalists, veterans, refugees and scholars converse about their experiences over the past ten years.

Trauma by Patrick McGrath

The narrator is Charlie Weir, a New York psychiatrist. The year is 1979.

David Rabe by Evangeline Morphos
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The celebrated playwright and author converses with theater producer Morphos (behind, most recently, Sam Shepard’s The God of Hell), about his book of short stories, A Primitive Heart. In all of Rabe’s work, the past haunts his protagonist.

Tran Luong by Joe Fyfe
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Joe Fyfe on how Tran Luong’s political past in Vietnam inspires healing in his performances and installations.

Mike Marqusee’s Redemption Song by Lawrence Chua
 Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

The man the world knows as Champion came into being on February 26, 1964. Cassius Clay had just defeated Sonny Liston and taken the heavyweight title and he announced his involvement with the Nation of Islam to the press. 

Yusef Komunyakaa by Paul Muldoon
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American poet Yusef Komunyakaa and Irish poet Paul Muldoon talk of T. S. Eliot and racism, poetry and music, Native Americans and the self—as a writer and a reader—in a culture that is as global as it is specific.

Don Gast’s When We Were Kings by Jenifer Berman
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Twenty-three years and multiple producers later, Gast finally edited his 300,000 feet of film into a taut and stirring 90 minutes, attesting as much to his own tenacity and perseverance as his star’s.

Tobias Wolff by A.M. Homes
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A. M. Homes speaks to the master storyteller of This Boy’s LifeIn Pharaoh’s Army and a book of stories, The Night in Question.

Shrinking Away by Jim Northrup

Survived the war but
was having trouble

That’s Right by Caroline M. Sharp

She had thought for sometime that all she needed was a little rest.

Stephen Wright by Jennifer Berman
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Novelist Stephen Wright does not simply tell a story. He takes the basic form of the novel and turns it inside out. His novels such as, Going Native, expose the strange and intriguing lives of characters that would normally fade into the background.

Deborah Eisenberg by Craig Lucas
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“That to me is what writing is—to try and strip away the layers.”

James Rosenquist by Mary Ann Staniszewsk
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James Rosenquist, one of the key American Pop Artists, has been making and showing his paintings for several decades. His early ’60s work, like that of Warhol and Lichtenstein, provides a seductive but critical mirror image of the mass media.

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