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A couple group shows currently on view on the Lower East Side are winsome and diverting in different ways, and they transport their viewers into very different, indeed differently distant realms. Inspired by Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics, the eponymously titled exhibit at Frosch & Portmann, curated by gallery artist Vicki Sher, does a fine job of paying homage to the Italian author’s meanderingly, pensively, insouciantly exploratory narrative mode, not least insofar as the show presents...
Illustration by Sarah Lutkenhaus Writing about romance is not always easy; far too often a writer drifts into cliché, or is overly cautious of cliché and misses the mark altogether, leaving the reader cold. And yet the best writing that revolves around the concept of love frequently counts as some of the best writing that we’ve ever read. This is probably because the experience of love and romance is one that we’re inclined to want...

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