American Art for Dummies

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Things were, certainly, quite different once. "The American Century," Henry Luce wrote in his now famously bombastic Time editorial, "[will be] a vision of America as a world power which…will guide us to the authentic creation of the 20th Century–our Century." Incredibly, Luce’s chauvinistic prediction came true. By the 50s and 60s, America led on [&hellip
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Harmony Korine, Maimed For His Art

Written by Adam Heimlich on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Q&A with Harmony Korine Despite a tendency to speak to the press in the most highfalutin’ critical language, about “my films,” Korine is down to earth and unpretentious. He’s unguardedly earnest about movies and, perhaps because he’s had the opportunity to make his own since he was 22, exhibits none of the bitterness and disillusion [&hellip
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Ben Katchor’s Comic Opera

Written by Jim Knipfel on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Three years ago, after a Bang on a Can festival in Italy, BOAC’s three founders–composers Gordon, Lang and Wolfe–were approached with a commission. The idea was for the three of them to collaborate on an opera–the only major stipulation was that it be something very American, very New York. The three decided that there wasn’t [&hellip
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Sauvignon Blanc

Written by Matthew DeBord on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Andrea Immer, you see, was until recently the sommelier at Windows on the World. She’s probably the brightest young thing in wine right now, possessed of that defining characteristic of wine writers under 50: a snarky disregard for received wisdom. Her stuff is short on lore, long on frisky, distinctive opinion (her signature wine word [&hellip
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Sin Eruptions

Written by Jim Knipfel on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

I’m not. I’m not crazy. Believe me when I say that. These people are sorely mistaken. Still, though, I’ve been getting a lot of strange looks lately when I start telling people about these weird, lumpy, fleshy eruptions I’ve been experiencing on my body. Maybe they’re all just looks of disgust or "why must he [&hellip
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Pat, Jesse & Other Inconsequentials

Written by Russ Smith on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

While Jesse Ventura Melts Down It was a curious week. Last Sunday, for example, the boys and I were talking early in the morning about various brands of cereal. “Dad,” Junior asked, “was peanut butter Cap’n Crunch your favorite breakfast when you were a kid?” This gave me license to reminisce about the “olden days,” [&hellip
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