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Coco Fusco

1. Lack of access:<p>Most Americans have no access to art education, period. Funding for art education in public schools has been on the decline for …

Something Borrowed

Kenneth Goldsmith’s poetry elevates copying to an art, but did he go too far?<p>To appreciate the beleaguered position that Kenneth Goldsmith finds himself in, you have to know that in 1997 or 1998 three avant-garde poets, one of them Goldsmith, drinking in a basement bar in Buffalo during a blizzard, …

Naked Cities

The death and life of urban America.<p>Cities can’t win. When they do well, people resent them as citadels of inequality; when they do badly, they are cesspools of hopelessness. In the seventies and eighties, the seemingly permanent urban crisis became the verdict that American civilization had passed …

A Beginner’s Guide To... Field Recording

<i>The history of field recording is central to the development of electronic music, with artists from Eno to Scanner to Burial drawing on its</i> …

The Young and the Restless, and Laura Kipnis

I’VE BEEN TRYING to review Laura Kipnis’s latest book, I really have, but the intrepid author of <i>Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation</i> has been …

Sexual Harassment

The Rise of Victimhood Culture

A recent scholarly paper on “microaggressions” uses them to chart the ascendance of a new moral code in American life.<p>Last fall at Oberlin College, a talk held as part of Latino Heritage Month was scheduled on the same evening that intramural soccer games were held. As a result, soccer players …

Costa Rica

The Trigger Warning Myth

In <i>The Atlantic</i>’s latest cover story, “The Coddling of the American Mind,” Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt insinuate that trigger warnings and …

Middle: Communal Efforts

Cooperation and dissent in <b>Koki Tanaka</b>’s precarious tasks Toward the end of Koki Tanaka’s video <i>A Pottery Produced by Five Potters at Once (Silent</i> …

First Nations Art and the Matter of Its Politics

Is contemporary Aboriginal art necessarily political? Does art made by First Nations, Inuit, or Métis artists inevitably engage with such historical …

The Coddling of the American Mind

In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.<p><b>S</b>omething strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and …

Higher Education

The dangerous allure of victim politics

In our eagerness to tackle inequality, we run the risk of fetishing its victims<p>Complaining about victimhood mentality and victimhood politics is …

Self-Censorship

The slow death of purposeless walking

<b>A number of recent books have lauded the connection between walking - just for its own sake - and thinking. But are people losing their love of the purposeless walk?</b><p>Walking is a luxury in the West. Very few people, particularly in cities, are obliged to do much of it at all. Cars, bicycles, buses, …

Why Walking Helps Us Think

In <i>Vogue</i>’<i>s</i> 1969 Christmas issue, Vladimir Nabokov offered some advice for teaching James Joyce’s “Ulysses”: “Instead of perpetuating the pretentious nonsense of Homeric, chromatic, and visceral chapter headings, instructors should prepare maps of Dublin with Bloom’s and Stephen’s intertwining …

Henry David Thoreau

Heaven’s Gaits

What we do when we walk.<p>Why people walk is a hard question that looks easy. Upright bipedalism seems such an obvious advantage from the viewpoint of those already upright that we rarely see its difficulty. In the famous diagram, Darwinian man unfolds himself from frightened crouch to strong …

White Trash Buddhist

I am forever in debt to the handful of teachers, writers, and thinkers who introduced me to Buddhist practice, provide constant inspiration, and …

Don't look back

In June, B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced that Vancouver would close the Burrard Bridge on June 21 for “Om the Bridge,” a gigantic yoga class …

Housing

No, It’s Not Your Opinion. You’re Just Wrong [UPDATED]

There’s a common conception that an opinion cannot be wrong. My dad said it. Hell, everyone’s dad probably said it and in the strictest terms it is …

WATCH: Astonishing time-lapse of storms roiling America's heartland

Clouds darken and gather before they unleash fury onto wind-swept plains in The Chase, a remarkable new film by Mike Olbinski. Prepare for a …

A Midlife Crisis, By Any Other Name | Hazlitt

<b>At the end of 2012,</b> at the age of 32, I told my husband I was leaving. I packed my dog and a station wagon’s worth of things and my parents came and …

Features | A Quietus Interview | Life In Hell: Sleaford Mods Interviewed By Taylor Parkes

Jason Williamson, one half of Sleaford Mods meets up with Taylor Parkes to chew the fat, and the gristle, and the bone. All photographs by Duncan …

Tony Blair

Chill Out, America

These days, prominent experts and politicians seem determined to keep the American people in a perpetual state of trembling fear. Richard Haass of …

Media redraw battle lines in bid for global reach

Something significant happened in April that attracted only desultory press coverage, so let’s give it some more.<p>GPlus Media Co., which operates …

Japan

The Rewriting of David Foster Wallace

<b>Nobody owns David Foster Wallace anymore.</b> In the seven years since his suicide, he’s slipped out of the hands of those who knew him, and those who …

An Alternative-Medicine Believer's Journey Back to Science

Jim and Louise Laidler lost their faith on a trip to Disneyland in 2002, while having breakfast in Goofy's Kitchen.<p>The Laidlers are doctors, and …

Naturopathic Medicine

What Donald Trump really means when he hates on Japan

During his recent presidential campaign announcement, Donald Trump didn't hide his distrust of foreigners. Presumably as part of his campaign promise to "Make America Great Again," Trump bashed several of America's economic partners, most notably Mexico, China, and Japan.<p>Distrust of Mexico and …

Donald Trump

Is Vancouver’s condo king calling the shots on the city’s affordability strategy? Really?

It’s a simple question. So simple it sounds ridiculous.<p>Is Bob Rennie – condo-king of Vancouver, whose marketing strategies have revolutionised the …

A Handy Guide To Gentrification

"Well, it is crazy cheap to live there..."<p>*(or choose one of the following)<p>a) Phoenix<p>b) Modesto<p>c) Wichita<p>d) Fort Lee<p>e) Purseville, a tiny town upstate that, in the early 1900s, was the purse-making capital of the country<p>a) restaurants that aren't fast food chains<p>b) gay bars except for this sad, …

I'm a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me - Vox

I'm a professor at a midsize state school. I have been teaching college classes for nine years now. I have won (minor) teaching awards, studied pedagogy extensively, and almost always score highly on my student evaluations. I am not a world-class teacher by any means, but I am conscientious; I …