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For the past four years, the National Book Critics Circle has partnered with The New School’s MFA Creative Writing program, allowing the students to interview each of the NBCC Awards Finalists. In addition to building excitement for the Awards Finalist Reading and Ceremony held at the New School March 14th-15th, these interviews have built an intergenerational bridge between the writers of today and tomorrow. This year, as part of the ongoing collaboration, and in support of...
In a way, Marilyn Minter's Pretty/Dirty show at Brooklyn Museum wouldn't have garnered the kind of reaction it has outside the fever/fervor of our presidential election. Minter's a beautiful artist with a solid body of work, but the atmosphere gave everything she makes a new, pressing tilt: Roberta Smith titled her New York Times review "A 'Nasty Woman' of Contemporary Art Fearlessly Renders the Body"; Minter's "Don't Fuck With Us, Don't Fuck Without Us" buttons, a separate project for Planned...
I read this book for pure pleasure, which is to say I didn’t mean to write about it. SPQR, by Cambridge classicist Mary Beard, promised pure nerdy pleasure: a general history of Rome from its origins (traditionally 753 BCE, though the truth is both older and hazier) to the reign of Caracalla, when, in 212 CE, Roman citizenship was extended to all free men living within the bounds of the empire. This was a...
At the tail end of 2014 I finally got to hear "My Name Is Jonas" live. I screamed along to the lyrics, fueled by teenage fandom and the abandon that comes from chugging three $16 cervezas while on vacation in Mexico with a one-month-into-the-breakup ex-boyfriend. It should've been horrible, and it kind of was--I spent a solid portion of that same day sobbing into a chainlink fence, comforted by the very person who'd induced...

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