Saturday, November 21, 2009

 



Jeanne-Claude

19352009

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Friday, November 20, 2009

 

 

Recently Received

Books (Poetry)

Tahar Ben Jelloun, The Rising of the Ashes ,translated by Cullen Goldblatt, City Lights, San Francisco 2009

Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, Some Very Popular Songs, translated by Mark Terrill, Toad Press, Claremont, CA 2009

Cathy Eisenhower, would with and, Roof Books, New York, 2009

Ben Estes, Cymbals, The Song Cave, no location given (but Northampton, MA) 2009

Garth Graeper, Into the Forest Engine, Projective Industries, Chicago & Houston 2009

Mike Hauser, Psychic Headset, Mitzvah Chaps, Lawrence, KS 2008

Margo Lockwood, More Than I Want To, Pressed Wafer, Boston 2009

Gina Myers, A Model Year, Coconut Books, Atlanta 2009

Amanda Nadelberg, Building Castles in Spain, Getting Married, The Song Cave, no location given (but Northampton, MA), 2009

Karl Parker, Personationskin, No Tell Books, Reston, VA 2009

K. Silem Mohammad, The Front, Roof, New York 2009

Barbara Jane Reyes, Easter Sunday, Ypolita Press, San Francisco 2008

Karen Weiser, To Light Out, Ugly Duckling Presse, Brooklyn 2010

Maged Zaher, Portrait of the Poet as an Engineer, Pressed Wafer, Boston 2009

 

Journals

Area Sneaks, no. 2, Los Angeles, 2009.Includes Edgar Arceneaux & Noellie Roussel, Robert Grenier, Johanna Drucker, Peter Ciccariello, Jessica Smith, William R. Howe, Derek Beaulieu, K. Lorraine Graham, Analia Saban & Claire de Dobay Rifelj, Aaron Kunin, Doug Nufer, Harold Abramowitz & Amanda Ackerman, Franklin Bruno, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Ara Shirinyan, Mathew Timmons, Will Alexander, Richard Kostelanetz, Jody Zellen, Nick Moudry & Kerry Tribe, Jen Hofer & Hillary Mushkin, and Elisa Gabbert & Kathleen Rooney

Grain, vol. 37, no. 1, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, October 2009. Includes Jiang Jie, Tim Lilburn, Sue Goyette, Dani Couture, Don Domanski, Eleanor Wachtel, Xi Chuan, Kyle Borner, Wang Jiaxin, Warren Heiti, Myrna Kostash, Chuqiao (Teresa) Yang, Tamara Bond, Steven Hayward & Melanie Bell.

Open Letter, Fourteenth Series, No. 1, Strathroy, Ontario, Fall 2009. “The Martyrology: Survivors’ Retrospective,” guest edited by David Rosenberg. Includes David Shapiro, Frank Davey, Chris Tysh, Victor Coleman, Alice Notley, George Bowering, Lewis Warsh, Tony Tost, Fred Wah & Susan Wheeler.

Tinfish, no. 19, Tinfish, Kāne’ohe, HI 2009. Includes Jill Yamasawa, Gizelle Gajelonia, Ryan Oishi, Jody Arthur, Aurora Brackett, Barbara Jane Reyes, Janna Plant, Jennifer Reimer, Daniel Tiffany, Emelighter Kihleng, Dennis Phillips, Ellen Welcker, Mandy Luo, Kenny Tanemura, Brandon Shimoda, Rachel Loden, Oscar Bermeo, Deborah Woodard, Michael McPherson & Paul Naylor

Vanitas, no. 4, New York, 2009. Includes Yuko Otomo, Eileen R. Tabios, Michael Schorsch, Jonathan Mayhew, Raphael Rubinstein, Stephen Vincent, Ed Sanders, Catullus, Horace, Theodora Danylevich, Dante Alighieri, Petrarch, Charles Baudelaire, John Tranter, Arthur Rimbaud, Valery Larbaud, Mario de Andrade, José Antonio Ramos Sucre, Dino Campana, Vincente Huidobro, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Tadeusz Browski, Henri Michaux, Juan Luis Martinez, Paulo Leminski, Francesco Clemente, Laura Solorzano, Alberto Masala,Lindsey Boldt, Frank Andre Jamme, Anne Waldman, Paul Violi, Lisa Jarnot, Ray Di Palma. Translators of various works include Tim Atkins, Mary Jo Bang, Charles Bernstein, Lindsey Boldt, Augusto de Campos, Sean Casey, Mark Du Charme, Alan Davies, Brandon Downing, Joanna Fuhrman, Kenneth Goldsmith, Jack Hirschman, Jen Hofer, Ron Horning, Mary Maxwell, David Meltzer, Jess Morse, Ron Padgett & Bill Zavatsky, Ray DiPalma, Charles Perrone, Kit Robinson, Raphael Rubinstein, Ed Sanders, Barry Schwabsky, Cedar Sigo & Sara Bilandzija, Mónica de la Torre, John Tranter, Lewis Warsh, Dalt Wonk, Laura Wright, Elizabeth Young, and many more.

 

 

Just a tiny stack of books
still waiting to be noted here

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

 

Keith Waldrop
has won
the 2009
National Book Award for poetry
for Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

 

For the past couple of days, I’ve been toying in my head with which goofball baseball analogy to employ to start off a review of Alan Bernheimer’s The Spoonlight Institute, just out from Adventures in Poetry & deserving of every award they give to books in next year’s round of awards. My options are:

(a) Alan Bernheimer is the Sandy Koufax of poets, recognized & cherished for the brilliance of his writing although the absolute quantity of that work is rather slender;

(b) Alan Bernheimer is the Bert Blyleven of poets, his mastery of the startling phrase – like Blyleven’s of the curveball – unequaled for all time.

Perhaps I should go with the former. People routinely acknowledge Koufax as the best pitcher who ever lived, even though he won just 165 games (to, say, Cy Young’s 511) & retired at the age of 30. Blyleven’s not even in the Hall of Fame, tho it’s easy to make the case that he was a better pitcher than many who are.

What makes these analogies goofy isn’t that they aren’t true – both are – but rather than Bernheimer is one of the last American poets I would think of yoking to a metaphor of baseball. It’s a little like asking which football lineman John Ashbery is most like. It just doesn’t compute.

Not computing is something that Bernheimer does very well. Actually, much better than just very well. “Carapace” is an early poem, predating Bernheimer’s move to the Bay Area in 1976 (it first appeared in Provincetown Poets), but it already shows him to be a master at the effortless slide of metaphor:

The face of a stranger
is a privilege to see
each breath a signature
and the same sunset fifty years later
though familiarity is an education

who likes what most?

high rounded cornices with baby
moon hubcaps played by the wind

electricity travels from time
to time on the surface of these lips

thoroughly tropical pleasure
forms the customary features
combination eyeteeth and semaphore

everything I touch turns
to flesh and vice versa

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

 

Photo by Keith Tuma

Mark Weiss’ introduction to
The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry

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The drama of Jimmy Schuyler

9 unpublished poems by Schuyler

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Talking with Beverly Dahlen
(part one) (part two)

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Is Tim Gunn
the perfect literary critic?
(Stephen Burt tries to make it work)

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A profile of Keith Waldrop

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Rachel Blau DuPlessis
at Bard

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William Carlos Williams’ Poems (1910)
& other burnt books

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Rae Armantrout on NPR

Close-reading “New” from Versed

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Bob Perelman, Al Filreis & Ron Silliman
all talking with Robert Grenier

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Graham Foust:
Jack Spicer resisting print

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Small Press Traffic’s
lineup of events this fall
is the best I’ve seen in years
from any venue

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The Guardian
on Tao Lin’s
Shoplifting from American Apparrel:
“deliciously odd”

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Guess who authored
Karri Koko’s Next Work?

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The trouble with type

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Reliving the mimeo revolution

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H.D. & the image

An H.D. feature

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Avant-garde formalism

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The case for including
flarf & conceptual poetry
in the next economic stimulus package

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Three cheers for The New Sentence

Which you can obtain right here

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This Thursday in Boca Raton,
Barrett Watten

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The celeb poetry quiz

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This week’s
death-of-a-bookstore tale
involves 200 stores!!

How Waterstone’s killed bookselling

We did not!”

Spoonbill & Sugartown turns ten

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Using nationalism to save a bookstore

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Jonathan Lethem’s own bookstore

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The publisher’s enemy
(hint: it’s not Jeff Bezos)

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A win for the stacks

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Why Chinua Achebe
is still the father of African fiction

No I’m not

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What does risk encompass in a poem?

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Terrible poetry jokes

More terrible poetry jokes

Even worse poetry jokes

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An obit for Donald Harington,
“Ozark Surrealist”

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Mahmoud Darwish’s translations live on

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American Poetry after 1975” –
a special issue of boundary 2
edited by Charles Bernstein

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Beckett the tinkerer (part two)

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Mun Dok-su’s Postman

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Gina Myers’ A Model Year

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Best books of 2009” –
the No Tell Motel lists

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The 100 Books
That Defined the Noughties”

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Dennis Cooper,
talking & reading

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Terrance Hayes,
painter as well as poet

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Google revises its book deal

Details of the (new) deal

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Fighting for
Carol Ann Duffy’s banned poem

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The Siegfried Sassoon Collection

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One more reason
not to trust
reader reviews

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Wordnik

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Talking with Wu Ming,
sort of

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Wednesday at St. Marks:
Kit Robinson & Ted Greenwald

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Churchill, Hemingway, Burgess
flunk computerized exams

Dickens & Austen do no better

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Anne Bradstreet:
“To My Dear and Loving Husband”

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The “dynamic turn”
in cognitive linguistics

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Talking with Graham Masterton
about William Burroughs

William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac
& the “gay panic” defense

Bill Burroughs & the history of junk

Norman Mailer & William Burroughs

The myths & manuscripts of
Naked Lunch

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Justice Kennedy (mis)interprets the passive

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John Taggart’s Unveil

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Poetry Review’s ahistorical history

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Stephen King’s
Under the Dome

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Russell Brand & Katy Perry
do Edward Lear

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Nabokov’s Laura:
From Humbert Humbert to Hubert Hubert?

Nabokov’s dream book

Martin Amis:
A genius in decline

A curiosity for the completist

The reviews pour in

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Little videos of
Jennifer Bartlett & Bill Kushner

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The Internet Archive

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The Acorn Book of Contemporary Haiku

& a haiku registry

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The Historical Thesaurus of English

The Thesaurus of Old English

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Creeley as typesetter

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On shelving books

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Good local newspapers are worth saving,
but not these

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Talking with Damion Searls
about Thoreau’s Journal

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Anger metaphors in English

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Hay(na)ku

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Poetry in motion

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Talking with James Galvin

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The “essays” of Wallace Shawn

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Robert Frost on campus

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Not Much Fun:
The Lost Poems of Dorothy Parker

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Here comes Philcon

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Relearning your library

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Death masks of Keats, Blake, Dante,
& maybe Ben Johnson

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Words in brains

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A new Paul Auster

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Revision & identity
in the early work of Joyce

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Opacity is not the problem

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A skeptic’s view
of Zukofsky’s “A”

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Paul Zukofsky,
meet Rupert Murdoch

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Carl Sandburg & John Crowe Ransom
in the Virginia Quarterly Review

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Soul-searching in Shakespeare

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How to write badly well

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How memoirs
overtook the literary world

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Reading James Dickey
on Veterans’ Day

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Provincetown poet
lands in Poets Corner
@ the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

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Gopi Warrier’s
Varaha – The Secret Evolution

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One Fast Move
& you’re a dreadful movie

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Talking with Jeanette Winterson

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Lamb & Donne

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Talking with James Ellroy

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The best book you never read:
a (consciously) conservative reading list

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Talking with Robert Pinsky

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Rethinking synonymy

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4 poets walking:
Fanny Howe @ Oxford
W.S. Di Piero in San Francisco
Kay Ryan in Marin County
Peter Cole in Jerusalem

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Must Read: GirlDrive

Feminist road-trippin’

Truthout on GirlDrive

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Maya Angelou:
“Fine as wine in the summertime”

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Dave Eggers on Kurt Vonnegut

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A John Ashbery parody
that’s not quite as funny
as it thinks it is

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The pirate Prufrock

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Jung at heart

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From Here to Eternity’s
gay storyline

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The most widely read woman in America

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Philosopher Nazi?

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The Matrix
as a Charlie Chaplin short

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Winnie-the-Pooh
goes to court

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Rudy Wurlitzer’s revival

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Judith Malina on
The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater,
1945-1985

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An improbable As You Like It
takes shape

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Anne Carson’s
Cassandra Float Can

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Tony Trehy explains all

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Cool Men in a Golden Age:
Alfred Leslie & Frank O’Hara

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Martha Buskirk’s
The Contingent Object
of Contemporary Art
(reg. req.)

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Same-sex couples
making marks as arts donors

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Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc
(reg. req.)

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Publish or perish

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The photography of Jonathan Williams

An amazing Jonathan Williams feature

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Damien Hirst:
“Anyone can be Rembrandt”

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Arthur Danto’s “The End of Art:
A Philosophical Defense”
(reg. req.)

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Isabel Rucker’s long, long memoir

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Why hasn’t Tracey Emin
crossed the big pond?

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The 11th International
Collage Exhibition & Exchange

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A party for the new Barnes

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Polish art on tour

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The painter of writers’ portraits
you already know

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Cornelius Cardew:
Stockhausen Serves Imperialism
(reg. req.)

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Beatles’ ©s down the legal rabbit hole

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Green Day to Broadway

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Why computer music sucks
(reg. req.)

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“thousands of shows
have curdled his voice
into a viscous, gut-shot croak

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Scratch Orchestra scores
(reg. req.)

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Kris Kristofferson, poet?

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Rockpile comes to Chi-town,
Nov. 19

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Art D’Lugoff has died
& with him, The Village Gate

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The clues in Synecdoche, New York

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Ludwig Wittgenstein:
Philosophical Investigations
(reg. req.)

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Adam Savage on obsession
(yes, that Adam Savage)

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Remembering Roland Barthes

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Talking with Slavoj Žižek

Žižek on the fall of the wall

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Malcolm X was bisexual,
get over it

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Talking with Noam Chomsky

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