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In Search of Duende: Kiss the Fire

Daniel Vidales

09.11.17

“Rather than just bastardized values of authenticity and emotion, Lorca’s theory really deals with formulation and application. Duende arguably occurs during the creative process, a period where distortions, cracks, and twists birth meaning with experience and skill.” Daniel Vidales challenges traditional notions of duende, emphasizing the willful intention behind art.

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A Simple Stretch of Highway

Brett Ortler

09.07.17

“If Google Earth marked each death with a pin in real time, the world would seem to bloom with departure. On a day-to-day basis, the locations of most deaths go unmarked.” Brett Ortler investigates the tragedies that underly the roadside memorials that line our daily paths.

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What It Takes to Be a Princess

Stephanie Jimenez

08.29.17

“There were no Spanish princesses as far as I knew, so Pocahontas it was.” Stephanie Jimenez reflects on growing up struggling to understand race, culture, and love while consuming popular media that exoticizes women of color.

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Standard Book Promo: Chelsea Martin & Scott McClanahan in Conversation

Chelsea Martin

08.28.17

Chelsea Martin & Scott McClanahan both promote their own books, Caca Dolce and The Sarah Book respectively, & fight a little bit about their own schticks.

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Unimaginative Imagination: Besson’s Valerian and its image of tomorrow

Marcel Inhoff

08.22.17

“Instead of using his imagination to enhance, enlarge, expand the vision of the original text, Luc Besson allows his own limitations regarding race, gender, and culture to limit the scope of his movie.” Marcel Inhoff digs into the underlying aspects of a world vividly visually imagined, yet finding other ways to fall short.

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The Literary Dung Ball: In Conversation with Jac Jemc and Amber Sparks

Amber Sparks

08.21.17

Amber Sparks & Jac Jemc tackle plot, ghosts, and craft in their conversation on the occasion of Jemc’s new novel, The Grip of It.

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Installation as Interior: In Conversation with Sophie Durbin’s “Corrty Pye Municipal Office #4″

Sylvia Faichney

08.17.17

Sylvia Faichney explores the interior and architecture of Corrty Pye, a fictional location created by interdisciplinary artist Sophie Durbin, inspired in equal measures by Edward Gorey and her childhood experience of Detroit.

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A Meal Is More Than a Meal: An Interview with Hala Alyan

Eric Nelson

08.15.17

Hala Alyan in conversation with Eric Nelson about her debut novel, Salt Houses, which traces the history of a Palestinian family in conflict amid political furor.

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Ideal Home Noise (13): Clarke, Cortázar, Pushwagner

Jeff Jackson

08.14.17

Jeff Jackson dives in to the lifetime work of Alan Clarke, explores the latest release from the brain of Cortázar, and the uncovering of a thought-lost masterpiece from Pushwagner.

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JUSTICE ABSCONDITUS, OR, WHY I WRITE VERSE PLAYS

Joyelle McSweeney

08.10.17

What do Julian Assange, The Rust Belt, Art-crime, obscenity, Katrina, Chelsea Manning, and Dick Cheney have in common? They all rear their heads in the world of Joyelle McSweeney, whose plays-in-verse search for what language and theater can uncover about the present day nature of power, control, and revolt. Photos by Lifan Li.