Robert Duncan

Ester Bloom

At the beginning of Edan Lepucki’s engrossing debut novel California, we meet Cal and Frida, a self-sufficient and isolated married couple whose names, if smooshed together, approximate the title of the book. Coincidence? Doubtful. Very little in this carefully plotted apocalyptic story seems arbitrary.

Arie Amaya-Akkermans

“Our inheritance was left to us by no testament." – René Char

Thin Skin, installation views, courtesy Scott Rudd

Anam Khan

The Refugees by Honore Daumier (1849-50)

Marina Iordan

Damascus, Syria has been part of the bourgeoning Middle Eastern art scene since the early 2000’s, when works by Syrian artists began to spread throughout western galleries and institutions. Three years ago, they reached a peak. Then, the uprising against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad broke out. Its rapid, life-threatening evolution has led to the disappearance of many galleries and studios, annihilating rising talents.

Anthony Brent

The Most Wanted Man in the World: Catching up with Edward Snowden in Moscow.

The High Priest of Jazz: A 1964 profile of Thelonius Monk

The Trials of Phillip Halliday: The story of the cocaine smuggling fisherman.

Tom Kwei

Regarded by Sir Norman Rosenthal as, ‘the Oscar of the British painting world’, the John Moores Painting Prize has been held in Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery since 1957.

Phil Hanrahan

Writer's Notes is a series that invites writers to detail their projects at any stage in their process. In the inaugural post, author Phil Hanrahan examines the provenance and initial research for his tentatively titled book, A Couple, A Castle, A Dream, which takes him to Ballyvaughan, Ireland and the Burren College of Art.


Michael J. Jordan

This year marks the 20th anniversary since South Africa's first democratic elections, which in 1994 drove the final nail into the coffin of Apartheid. To commemorate this event and measure the depth of racial healing between blacks and whites in "The New South Africa," longtime Mantle correspondent Michael J. Jordan launched a documentary-film project, The Clubhouse: A Post-Apartheid Story.

Laura Scheriau

My interview with Klárka Berg, coordinator of international projects at Be International, a Czech civic association established in 2009, focuses on the interesting choice of mascot, which caught my attention when I worked with Klárka on a "Youth in Action" project in Azerbaijan. "Be International" organizes public forums, conferences, seminars and supports activism in the field of youth participation, creating a multicultural forum which contributes to the development of a tolerant and responsible global society.