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Across from Maria Hernandez park in Bushwick, there's a pro-intersectional feminist bookstore and sex shop called Troll Hole tucked inside the Mermaid Laundromat. A few days before Halloween, I was sitting on the purple astroturf inside the shop, a modest five-by-seven-foot cubicle, drinking white wine and eating not-gluten-free chocolate brownies made by Monica Yi, a co-founder. Monica's dog Francis was there (named after a Jesuit), and so were Justin Shock and Hayley Blatte, the other...
Clockwise From Top: Hidden Eye, Ava Luna Serge Gainsbourg Zine, Suffragette City, Ad Hoc. AT A TIME when albums and reviews are available ad nauseam, it seems like the chance for spontaneous discovery is nearly extinct. Of course, this has always been integral to the music underground, and if you look hard enough, things are starting to crop up: Carson Cox, of the band Merchandise, has just released the first issue of Hidden Eye, pocket-sized eye candy made of art...
How do you end up writing all things music for Pitchfork, curating the same for MoMA PS1, launching a music fest like Basilica Soundscape in Hudson, AND collaborating with artists like Matthew Barney? Start making zines when you’re young and then write tirelessly about music. In sum, work hard and never forget where you came from. METAL. When did you first begin to curate shows and what drew you to working with live music? I started...
This weekend, nearly 400 booksellers, zine makers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers will descend upon MoMA PS1 to hawk their wares at the tenth annual NY Art Book Fair. Hosted by Printed Matter, the Art Book Fair and its thousands of patrons are a reminder that print is far from dead--this maze of rare out-of-print monographs, popup books and flipbooks, weird comics and zines couldn't exist if e-readers truly ruled the land. The fair can be an overwhelming labyrinth (last year, a crowd of 35,000...

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