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Undermajordomo Minor Patrick deWitt (House of Anansi Press) The most visible innovation of postmodern fiction was the movement’s steroidal creation of new narrative modes, most obviously manifested as formal, on-the-page techniques, including but not limited to: temporal dislocations, unreliable narrators, metafictive playfulness, ironical remove, and an abundance of typographies and footnotes. The further we get from the real-world and literary context in which the practitioners of high postmodernism operated, the more those formal techniques look...
Easily our favorite Instagram selfie meme is the “face mask.” You know the one: Wide, staring eyes being the only discernible feature on a face covered in anything from craggy dollops of green clay to white swathes of goop-infused cotton sheets. These photos are always funny, and sometimes a little scary (who knew a face mask could make you look so much like a serial killer who bathes in the harvested blood of a...
Your clothes are dumb. They probably don’t look dumb. But they are, you know, not smart. Like, they are literally brainless. Yeah, we know: Clothing is inanimate, so of course it’s not intelligent. But being an inanimate object doesn’t stop your smart phone from being, well, smart. So why not clothes? Don’t worry: Madison Maxey is working on it. Maxey is the endlessly curious, 22-year-old co-founder of The Crated, a Brooklyn-based, second-generation wearable technology company,...
The Knickerbocker Manufacturing Company sits on the outskirts of Bushwick. Much like the other industrial buildings peppering the surrounding area, it has a nondescript brick facade, but something unexpected lies behind Knickerbocker’s heavy doors: a skateboard ramp. The half-pipe sits prominently inside the front entrance of the factory floor, serving as something of a break room activity for staffers of the menswear brand. For some, the presence of a skateboard ramp might come as...

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