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“A dud article from Breitbart reaches more people than all the books we've talked about combined,” lamented LA Kauffman, gesturing to the dozens of pulp-and-spine texts recommended to the audience at the morning panel of Sunday's Brooklyn Book Festival. Kauffman unearthed the slinking undercurrent of the day: What do books matter in the age of fake news and impending fascism? It was hardly an auspicious opening to the festival's eleventh annual celebration of the vital...
The History of a Boroughscape — Brooklyn’s architecture has been reactive to the seismic cultural and political shifts of the changing times, from the rapidly modernizing post-industrial landscape of the early-to-mid 20th century all the way to present day issues with gentrification affecting cultural visibility in an increasing number of neighborhoods. This history is profoundly expressed in the photography on display in BRIC’s new “Brooklyn Photographs” exhibition, a collection of works from eleven photographers...
Summertearz — Swedish electronic-pop band Little Dragon have been active since 1996, performing while its three founding members were still in high school no less. They eventually took their bouncy, modal beats in a darker direction, constructing cavernous, driving tracks that carry the soft, idiosyncratic lilt of lead vocalist Yukimi Nagano’s yearning lyrics away into the lightly distorted digital ether that awaits the end of most songs. While they’ve gradually rose in popularity since...
Julia Rothman was studying the art featured in her bathroom magazine collection when she realized that every cover in the stack had been created by a man. She dug into the magazine’s archives to investigate the year’s covers, and discovered that out of 55 covers released in 2015, only four had been created by female-identified artists. “I called Wendy MacNaughton and I was like, ‘Did you know about this,” said Rothman. “‘This is wild...

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