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When the New York-based artist Christine Garvey first visited Florence, ten years ago, she was most moved not by the Botticelli at the Uffizi Gallery nor the Michelangelo at the Galleria dell’Accademia, but by a small and eclectic natural history museum called La Specola, and by a sub rosa resonance she perceived between its collection of wax anatomical models and the stockpile of historical scientific instruments at the Museo Galileo, a science history museum...
The Lost Time Accidents John Wray (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux) We humans are haunted by all sorts of demons, but funnel them each to their origin and they can be broadly said to have two sources: family and time. Family is the ur-text of identity: the alleles and curses bestowed as a birthright, the lineage you are born into and which you cannot choose or change. And time: it contains the past, that infinite closet where one’s...
In a 2007 defense of Don DeLillo’s Underworld published in The Quarterly Conversation, the young critic Garth Risk Hallberg argued that in DeLillo’s masterwork, “Here was a major novel that drew equally on the realist legacy--its ironies, historical depth, and strong point of view--and on the absurdism, historical holography, and fragmentation of the postwar fiction of social critique,” in doing so becoming the best book of its age (and one of the few to...
It’s hard to miss the 22-foot slab of particle board mounted on one-by-threes and screwed to the fence outside 109 Hall Street, between Myrtle Avenue and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Wallabout. For one, it is a busy display, equally conspicuous for its size as for the immoderate messaging it’s signal-blasting out to passersby. LANDMARK ADMIRALS ROW, it reads, in block letters formed with blue masking tape. DON’T LET PIRATE MIKE BILL STEAL OUR HERITAGE!...

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