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Sun-less Sunset

On the Collected and the Collective

Arts, Feb 16 2018

by Wen Zhuang

“One day, I’ll have to put it all alone at the beginning of the film. He told that if they don’t …

I'm Not Going Anywhere

Architecture, Columbus, and the possibilities of caring

Arts, Feb 09 2018

by Josh Wartel

In 2009, Texas Monthly published a long story recounting the relationship between a mother, Ann McClamrock, and her son, John. John …

On Scrolling

Arts, Feb 09 2018

by Zak Ziebell

Scrolling is the single gesture–besides maybe walking or blinking–that I perform most in my everyday life. Two fingers, or maybe just …

Singing a Different Tune

Grad Party and the queer storytelling of “Pretty Boy”

Arts, Feb 02 2018

by Anna Hundert

As a genre, the love song has a fraught history of reinforcing particular frameworks within the heterosexual matrix. The male singer-songwriter, …

Ursula, Oh Ursula

What do you do when your favorite person dies?

Arts, Feb 02 2018

by Eliza Chen

After the death of a great artist such as Ursula Le Guin, the inevitably lesser person writing the memoriam (in this …

From Molding to Demolding

Musings on casting, the Internet, and the things in between

Arts, Dec 01 2017

by William Samosir

The below diagram is a non-comprehensive illustration of a casting procedure. Casting commences by wrapping a blanket of material around a …

Inspiring Angels

Freakery and resistance in AIDS crisis performance

Arts, Dec 01 2017

by Cate Turner

In 1970s San Francisco, to be gay was often to be spectacular. The Angels of Light, a free theatre formed in …

Book Reviews

Arts, Nov 17 2017

by Liby Hays

New Releases / Reissues Cunny Poem by Bunny Rogers Cunny Poem is a collection of Bunny Rogers’s poetry written between 2012 …

A House Musuem

Mystery in the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum

Arts, Nov 17 2017

by Isabelle Rea

Underneath the premiere painting of the Isabella Stewart Gardner collection, Titian’s Europa, hangs the skirt of Isabella Gardner’s own ball gown. …

Vision Machines

Apocalypse & virtual deterrence in Southland Tales

Arts, Nov 10 2017

by Robin Manley

content warning: suicide The world never quite ends in Southland Tales. When a nuclear detonation interrupts an idyllic suburban afternoon in …

My Cromwell

On the fantasies of Wolf Hall

Arts, Nov 10 2017

by Isabelle Rea

I’d seen the book around the house, collapsed on different surfaces. I had heard remnants of kingly names and dark adjectives …

The Art of Flower Power

Visual appropriation during the Vietnam War

Arts, Nov 03 2017

by Zak Nguyen

In the late 1960s, American poet Allen Ginsberg developed the idea of Flower Power in his essay “Demonstration or Spectacle as …

Princesses in a Magic Castle

The Florida Project's recasting of representation

Arts, Oct 27 2017

by Kelton Ellis

A quick survey of United States media discourse from the past two years makes it look like one crucial demographic holds …

A Ghoulish Passage from Lesser to Greater Perfection

An illustrated account of how I attended the TransWorld Halloween and Attractions Show and left perfected in every aspect of my being

Arts, Oct 27 2017

by Liby Hays

After attending TransWorld Halloween & Attractions Show in St. Louis Missouri, my life’s project was completed and I attained perfection. There …

After Warhol

Expanding curating practices at the RISD Museum

Arts, Oct 20 2017

by Marly Toledano

In contemporary depictions of museum, galleries are often conceived of as very sterile spaces. Manicured white walls like those at New …

What a Mess!

On the stakes of the personal essay

Arts, Oct 06 2017

by Lisa Borst

GAITSKILL RANKINE KOESTENBAUMNELSON The personal essay, according to some, is in a tough spot. Last spring, Jia Tolentino wrote in the …

To Melt

The politics of soft steel

Arts, Sep 29 2017

by Odette Blaisdell

Steel is about leaning on an edge. Whether bending, shaping, cutting, or welding, I must always wait for the metal to …

The Vietnam Syndrome

Losing the middle ground in Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War

Arts, Sep 29 2017

by Will Weatherly

cw: war, police violence, racism The speaker speaks and the truth still leakswhere even Richard Nixon has got soul... Neil Young, …

Digital Inheritance

Identity and imagery in the blue light of nostalgia

Arts, Sep 22 2017

by Theia Flynn & Annabelle Chace

ON THE VISUAL IMPACT OF THE E-CARD “Having a great time, wish you were wired!” “Traveling the Net? Miss your buddies …

Swimming Through Emotional Worlds

A Conversation with Rachel Glaser

Arts, Sep 15 2017

by Anna Hundert

Rachel B. Glaser is the author of the short story collection Pee on Water (2010), the novel Paulina & Fran (2015) …

An Artist's Contract

Visions toward a more just art economy

Arts, Sep 15 2017

by Jack Manoogian

On May 17th, New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s piece Untitled was bought at auction for $110.5 million. The painting, sold at …

The Corner of the Beach

Bridging a gap in narrative tactics

Arts, Apr 21 2017

by Anna Bonesteel

Question Watch the following segment for bullshit. Experiment 1A There is a new corner of the beach at the elbow of …

Lost in the Mall

On the writer’s residency at the Mall of America

Arts, Apr 14 2017

by Signe Swanson & Will Weatherly

content warning: anti-Black policing “You'll need the tools for survival / And the medicine for the blues / Sweet treats and …

Stripping Metaphors

Edith Södergran undoes prejudice

Arts, Apr 14 2017

by Tatiana Dubin

“Warm words, fine words, deep words … They are like the scent of a flower in the night That one cannot …

Beneath Your Bootsoles

Feeling backward at New York City's AIDS Memorial

Arts, Apr 07 2017

by Lisa Borst

content warning: queerphobia Under the pavement at the corner of Seventh Avenue and 12th Street in Manhattan’s West Village, leading to …

Black Faces, White Spaces

Reflections on Dana Schutz's Open Casket

Arts, Apr 07 2017

by Ruby Aiyo Gerber

content warning: anti-Black violence On a gray and rainy Tuesday, I decided to make the pilgrimage from my home in Brooklyn …

Outside the Club

An interview with photographer Pedro Letria

Arts, Mar 24 2017

by Will Weatherly

Photos by Pedro Letria Pedro Letria is a Portuguese photographer whose work often deals with displacement, a subject stemming from Letria’s …

Sunken Places

The embodied horror of Get Out

Arts, Mar 17 2017

by Marianne Verrone

content warning: anti-Blackness, misogynoir “I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be …

How I Never Became an Internet Rapper

Arts, Mar 10 2017

by CJ Park

The frontier is an important kind of -topia for the Western imaginary. Media theorist Lev Manovich looked at computer games from …

Representing Herself

Roxane Gay and the multiplicity of female experience

Arts, Mar 10 2017

by Brionne Frazier

Roxane Gay contains multitudes. She is a professor, author, comic book writer, professional Scrabble player, tweeter and pop culture aficionado. Her …

What's So Funny?

On Migos, anti-Blackness, and representation

Arts, Mar 03 2017

by Noah Ezer

I. “My nigga just focus, I’m tryna paint you a picture. We stuck in the moment.” – Vince Staples, “Señorita” In …

Bedside Theater

Emma Sulkowicz and the politics of healing

Arts, Mar 03 2017

by Becca Hansen

At the Healing Touch Integral Wellness Center in Philadelphia, visitors come prepared to discuss their relationships, insecurities, deepest anxieties, and whatever …

In Defense of My Dead Clown

And why it is hidden (with permission) in an unopened box in a janitor's closet somewhere on campus

Arts, Feb 17 2017

by Mitsy Albumen

content warning: racism, death, gore I will tell my story as truthfully as possible. I can in no way justify my …

To Play, To Project, To Extend

On and of avatar empathies

Arts, Feb 10 2017

by Brian Oakes

Avatar empathy is what makes the internet, interactive media and other forms of reality so visceral and enticing. By avatar empathy, …

The Bearable Lightness of Being

The interworking of sunlight and interior space

Arts, Feb 10 2017

by Kion You

I constantly feel a tug away from my home in San Diego toward the translucent confines of my local Carmel Mountain …

Back in the Culture Wars

On the potential defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts

Arts, Feb 03 2017

by Ryan Rosenberg & Will Weatherly

Less than 24 hours before Inauguration Day, an unnamed source told The Hill that Donald Trump’s transition team had already been …

Electronic Disturbance at the Border

The aestheticization of immigrant rights

Arts, Feb 03 2017

by Joshua Kurtz

Last week, President Trump signed several executive orders that significantly expanded the authority of immigrations officers, banned Muslim immigrants and refugees …

Uncertainty in Architecture

Or, the blip

Arts, Dec 02 2016

by Tai Shaw

How do we work with uncertainty? Uncertainty suggests undesirable and uncontrollable outcomes. It also suggests opportunity. Deriving from my architectural thesis …

A Springsteen Fan's Daughter

Arts, Dec 02 2016

by Saanya Jain

When I was 14 years old, my father sat down on the piano bench with me and placed some sheet music …