Review

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.

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.

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.

Nelson Lowhim

Lisa McKeown

The American television program Californication centers on the character Hank Moody, a novelist-turned-scriptwriter making a living in the sinful Hollywood landscape. He's also a slut. But Hank's promiscuity shouldn't be construed as being misogynist. Instead, Lisa McKeown suggests that if you look a little closer, you'll see someone who can teach us about sexual creepiness, respect for the opposite sex, and what it means to live in a rape culture. 

Emma Sellar

Shaun Randol

I found myself on a windy and rainy evening at the Westbeth Center for the Arts, a massive warren of beautiful apartments crammed full of writers, dancers, visual artists, actors, poets, and other artistic folks. For what the PEN World Voices Festival deemed a Literary Safari, several of these creative-types opened their apartments and hosted visiting writers in mini-salons, where the scribes read for fifteen minutes and answered questions for another fifteen, and then whoosh!

Shaun Randol

Something is being lost in our age of physical and metaphorical din. Political leaders, pundits, activists, journalists, intellectuals, and ordinary citizens are engaging in shouting matches in all forms of media, including social media platforms. The most radical act one can take at this moment, says George Prochnik, is to engage in a patient, reflective retreat from all the noise. A more empathetic society may emerge from the quiet. 

Shaun Randol

It took him fifty years, but he finally did it. Arthur C. Danto's experience with Andy Warhol's "Brillo Box" (1964), coupled with his understanding of Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" (1917), convinced him that there must be something intrinsic about that thing we call "art" that transcends genre, context, and history. At the end of his life, Danto published his findings in What Art Is. Shaun Randol has this review.  

Arie Amaya-Akkermans

For Rana Jabbour & Gregory Buchakjian

[Hale Tenger, Beirut, video, 2005-2007]

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