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The crowd that gathered on the second floor of Brooklyn Kitchen last Thursday was big and enthusiastic, fixated on a projector screen; almost 7,000 miles away, two rikishi (sumo wrestlers) were colliding into each other with a deft force, and we all had our favorite. My (friendly) bet was on the smaller and slimmer wrestler, but in just a few seconds, the more rotund opponent did a side-step to swiftly push my guy out of...
I don’t call them kids’ books," explains Oliver Jeffers, "I call them picture books because I don’t think they’re just for kids; they’re for anyone who wants to look at them." Since his first book, How to Catch a Star, debuted to critical acclaim in 2004, Jeffers has created over a dozen more—and for each one, he says, "my target audience when I’m making them is me." Recently, I caught up with Jeffers in his...
In this post-analog world, a few Brooklyn gallery owners are taking it next level—by busting out some serious Instagram game. From a few hundred followers to actually being Instagram-famous, they're on top of uploading images from their daily lives (and not just your typical gallery-show-coming-up-photos): sneak peeks of their own works-in-progress, selfies with friends (and cats and celebrities), artistic arrangements of weird objects, pristine landscape portraits, and, of course, the witty memes. One thing...
Video remix artist Elisa Kreisinger doesn’t wait for someone to write her a storyline that she wants to watch. She’s a self-proclaimed "pop culture pirate" with a sharp eye and knows how to mash up her own subversive plots: Don Draper can carry out an affair with Roger Sterling and Carrie Bradshaw can have a crush on Natasha Naginsky instead of Mr. Big. Kreisinger, however, isn’t doing anything illegal. Her clever videos have repeatedly gone...

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