(Photographer Spotlight) An Art of Uncomfortable Truths: Michael Kurcfeld On Andres Serrano [Video]

“I don’t know what it’s like to have a normal family, and being an artist you don’t know what it’s like to be normal, so for me normal is in the eyes of the beholder.” As an artist, this might be seen as an asset conferring a fresh vision not accessible to those whose lives

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“There’s Too Much Reality”: On Jack Womack’s “Random Acts of Senseless Violence”

Womack’s stark vision of the United States’s decline is an uncompromising satire that, perhaps even more than it did in the mid-1990s, forces us to confront a world instantly recognizable as our own. There was a riot in Detroit and one in Seattle and in Miami. There wasn’t even an enemy you could put your

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Tearing the Historic Fabric: The Destruction of Yemen’s Cultural Heritage

With no route to escape by land, like many Syrian refugees, Yemenis are internally displaced, either living amid bombed-out infrastructure or in makeshift refugee camps. While the Islamic State’s cultural vandalism in Syria and Iraq has made headlines, damage to the rich cultural patrimony in Yemen, one of the Arab world’s poorest country, receives far

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Naming The Dead Who Toiled Our Fields: The Latest from Tim Z. Hernandez

The way their husbands and sons would return home, talking of el Norte — a seductress that would have them yearning long after they left. Officially, the Department of Labor contracted 400,000 workers, but hundreds of thousands more workers arrived unofficially. ¤ Sara Campos is a writer, consultant, and lawyer. One such journey ended in

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‘Old Paper,’ New Blog

At least it shows how, with a little work, stories can be elicited from books like these that are at least entertaining enough to fill the pages of this blog. Advertisements Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditGoogleTumblrPinterestPocketLike this:Like Loading…‹ Opportunities for Local and Regional Artists at First Saudi ComicConCategories: blogging, manuscripts On another of the front pages the owner of

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He’s My Death, Too: Emmett Till and America

Time and again, liberals are warned of the dangers of moving their agenda too soon, lest they provoke a hostile response that endangers everyone and undercuts the basic objectives. Fourteen-year-old Emmett, during a visit from Chicago to his family’s hometown of Money, Mississippi, allegedly whistled at a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, in a grocery store.

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It Takes Two: “Shadowbahn” by Steve Erickson

Probably, for most Americans, the last time we experienced that collectively was watching in disbelief and terror as the Towers fell. Avoiding the clumsiness that might have resulted, writing with a father’s love and a novelist’s grace, Erickson conveys the beauty of two people, squabbling yet bound to each other, embodying the divisions that rend

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Opportunities for Local and Regional Artists at First Saudi ComicCon

This is the first time I made my own and distribute my comic.” There were also regional artists at the Jeddah event. ArabNews reported 7000 fans on the Saudi ComicCon’s opening day, and the event‘s website suggested there had been 22,000+ over the course of the   three days. In the international coverage of the

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Sunday Submissions: ‘Banned: Seven Weeks of Literature,’ ‘Finish Your Book Fellowship,’ More

There is no fee to apply. There is no restriction on age, gender, sexuality, or nationality. 20, 2017, and they’re looking for fiction, flash, poetry, and flash nonfiction that “engage both the politics and poetics of place and space, that examine the meanings of borders and identities.” More at the website. This   Sunday, suggested

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The World of Yesterday, Today: On Maria Schrader’s “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe”

And I’m trying to start this conversation, exactly this. The most fascinating thing for me was this “level 24, box 15, folder six.” I just tried to visualize how they store it. Zweig’s perspective is diametrically opposed to Ludwig’s. How should we understand Zweig’s suicide? It’s a very complex question and there are probably a

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#fakenews #NewYorkTimes #China #PresidentXi * ALTERNATIVE FACT:   “Sen. Xi. It’s very serious. Previously, President Trump, Vice President Pence and Spicer have   denied the existence of any such contacts during a   campaign in which the Russian government interfered in order to help elect Trump.FACT: In an interview with the Washington Post published on

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