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Angels and Administration: An Interview with Alexander Kluge

<i>Our Winter issue features fiction by Alexander Kluge: “In Medieval Angelology, There Are Nine Orders of Snow,” twenty-two stories on some lines from Ben Lerner’s</i> The Lichtenberg Figures. <i>Kluge made a rare trip to New York a few months ago, appearing in conversation with Lerner at the Goethe-Institut</i> …

Poetry

How to Become a Famous Media Scholar: The Case of Marshall McLuhan

WHEN MARSHALL MCLUHAN published <i>Understanding Media</i> in 1964, the Cambridge-trained literary scholar was not well known, even inside the academy. By …

Journalism

Nina George über die Stellung der Frauen im Literaturbetrieb / Macho Literaturbetrieb

Ich zähle Frauen. Seit zehn Jahren; in Rezensionen von Medien, die das Etikett "intellektuell besonders wertvoll" verleihen, bei Preisen, auf Podien, …

Best Book of 1818: The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr | Luke Neima

1818 was a good year for literature. Mary Shelley published Frankenstein – the fruits of a ghost-story writing competition with Percy Shelley and …

Long Seen As Victim, 17th Century Italian Painter Emerges As Feminist Icon

She was one of the great female protagonists of the late-Renaissance art world. Forgotten in the 18th and 19th centuries, she was rediscovered in the 20th as a feminist icon.<p>Thirty paintings by Artemisia Gentileschi are on view at Rome's Palazzo Braschi, in a major new exhibit running through May …

Painting

Roberta Smith on Francis Picabia

[image] The reports coming in from the Francis Picabia exhibition at MoMA makes it seem like museum's unpopularity problems are a thing of …

Francis Picabia: the art 'loser' who ended up winning it all

An extravagant new retrospective of the avant-garde French-Cuban artist highlights often troubling yet always distinctive work<p>The president-elect’s favorite term of abuse is “loser” – lobbed more than 200 times from his toxic Twitter account, at victims from Jeb Bush to Rosie O’Donnell. When people …

Art

Pasolini’s lost boys

Pier Paolo Pasolini depicted Italian urban life in all its beauty and brutality. Does a new English language version of The Street Kids, by Elena Ferrante’s acclaimed translator, do his work justice?<p>Pier Paolo Pasolini’s love affair with the city of Rome began in 1950, when he was in his late 20s. …

Poet at Work

How should a poet make money? This is a terrible question, and has no satisfactory answer. The poet knows what ought to happen. What ought to happen …

Poetry

The Man Who Invented Bookselling As We Know It

Today, few people are likely to remember James Lackington (1746-1815) and his once-famous London bookshop, The Temple of the Muses, but if, as a …

UNC Chapel Hill

See Incredible Images by Look Magazine's Only Female Staff Photographer

VIEW GALLERY | 10 PHOTOS<p>The first and only woman photographer for LOOK magazine, Charlotte Brooks, is the focus of a new exhibition at the Davis …

Photography

‘Grand Hotel Abyss’: Life among the original anti-consumerists

For the most part, we read a work of nonfiction for two intertwined reasons — to learn about a particular subject and to enjoy the intellectual company of the book’s author. I started “Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School ” because I’d long wanted to know more about the careers and …

Hotels

Plagiarism in Poetry

<b>Plagiarism in Poetry</b><p>In recent years in UK poetry publishing circles, certain poets have reproduced within their poems verbatim extracts from other …

Plagiarism

The Years In Retrospect: How Photoshop Has Shaped The World Of Graphic Design

The art of photography has improved itself a lot over the years. Today, as we are well-seated into the 21st century, anyone who knows how to turn on a computer can learn to manipulate images with little or no effort. Thanks to tools like Photoshop CC for graphics and iMovie for videos, graphic …

Photoshop

Millions of historical images posted to Flickr

Technology desk editor<p><b>An American academic is creating a searchable database of 12 million historical copyright-free images.</b><p>Kalev Leetaru has already uploaded 2.6 million pictures to Flickr, which are searchable thanks to tags that have been automatically added.<p>The photos and drawings are sourced …

University of Cambridge

Cinema’s Walking Cure

The cinema begins with action—with the most banal yet most mysterious of actions, namely, walking, in the Lumière brothers’ 1895 spectacle showing workers leaving their factory.<p>The subject has been on my mind for the past month or so, because, as a result of a knee injury and (fortunately minor) …

Physiotherapy

Hear Arthur C. Clarke Read 2001: A Space Odyssey: A Vintage 1976 Vinyl Recording

When we hear the opening of <i>Also Sprach Zarathustra</i>, we instinctively steel ourselves for enormous leaps through space and time. We have since 1968, …

Science Fiction

1973: Der so genannte Nahsprecher; ein Therapiegerät zur Wiederaufnahme des Dialogs in ermatteten Zweierbeziehungen. https://t.co/cZeBEMX0lO

Phones, photography and the Snapchat factor

Apple pours resources into the iPhone camera because of what it might be used for in future – not for the photo enthusiasts of the past<p>As some readers may remember, I’m a keen photographer. For many years, I’ve always carried a camera. In the early days of digital photography, that meant a …

Photography

Dirty Life and Times: The Past, Present and Future of Working-Class Literature

<i>by Adam Fleming Petty</i><p>Some of the most impassioned conversation in the literary world has been devoted to highlighting what it lacks: voices of people …

Literature

Playing card design by el lissitzky https://t.co/nhmK1GcLgz

By Design

Baffling though it may seem to anyone who suffers the delays, overcrowded trains, broken lifts and other shortcomings of the London Underground …

Artificial Intelligence

On Garbage

A round-up of the best shows in the city, ahead of this year's Zona Maco, which runs from 8 – 12...<p>Anish Kapoor to use $1m prize money to aid …

Coney Island

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Q & A with Geert Lovink on social movements and (anti)social media

[image] Over at the blog of The Baffler, Will Meyer talks to Geert Lovink about his new book, Social Media Abyss: Critical Internet Cultures and the …

Critical Intimacy: An Interview with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

<i>BY NOW THE HEADY DAYS of deconstruction feel like a curious remnant from another era, as passé as big hair and parachute pants. Yet its core impulse</i> …

Education

Frightening Fiber Artist Makes Gnarly Knits - Creators

Most knitters reach for their needles when they’re in need of a calming fix, but fiber artist Tracy Widdess isn’t satisfied unless she’s knitting the most unnervingly intricate and disturbingly detailed projects possible. Featuring elements of hand knitting, electronic machine knitting, crochet, …

Yarn

You Won't Believe Your Eyes: The Dizzying History of Op Art

Learn about the flickering optical illusions of artists like Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely.

Art