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Cat is Art Spelled Wrong
The ancient Egyptians proclaimed their adoration for cats in hieroglyphics, statues and mummification. Today, many preserve the feline species forever in videos, print publications and even with dedicated television channels. When Coffee House Press...
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Solution 247–261: Love
For a thoughtful read, "Solution 247-261: Love (Ingo Niermann, ed.)" from Sternberg Press broaches affairs of the heart in our modern world through essays and manifestos, as well as fictional tales. From the biopolitical to the psychosexual, the ninth...
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Time
Exploring the mind-bending question, "What does contemporary actually mean?" The MIT Press book, "Time," explores how we measure minutes. If clock time is but a construct of capitalist structure, how else can we examine this abstract concept? Essays...
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Odiseo Vol. 2
When viewing adult entertainment through rose-tinted glasses, the longstanding joke about "gentlemen's magazines" is that the pictures are nice, but one subscribes for the articles. While we all know this is hardly the case with most newsstand nudie...
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Punk: An Aesthetic
Born in dungy London basements and matured in equally grimy streets, the punk counter culture of the mid 1970's and 80's defined an unrelenting angst felt by youth the world around. While many books have surfaced over the years to document its documenters...
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Swimming Studies
As an artist, Leanne Shapton writes as if she's painting words across a page, uncovering memories and emotions in sentences like brushstrokes. As a swimmer, she tells stories with the cadence of fluid, mesmerizing laps through a clear blue pool...
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Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason
What's the worst icebreaker you can think of? Mike Sacks has some suggestions: "This party reminds me of 9/11;" "What's your all-time favorite coupon?" or "They're night-vision goggles, and no, I won't be removing them." "Icebreakers to Avoid...