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10 Quotes from Writers Who Loved a Stiff Drink

Nose-painting, sleep, and urine.

Let’s Keep Talking About Stuart Hall

Stuart Hall was a true public intellectual, in the sense that his intellectual commitment was always to the public. For Hall, it was a position of intellectual generosity and a commitment to rigorous, productive discourse on a mass scale.

Taylor Swift’s Cruel Longing

A roundtable discussion featuring Lee Edelman, Lauren Berlant, Chris Kraus, Lydia Davis, and Taylor Swift.

Scribble Jam, 1997

In only its second year, the 1997 Scribble Jam became legendary when an unknown MC named Eminem lost in the freestyle battle.

F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Greatest, Loneliest Party

Maybe people who engage in the most public, grandiose acts of socialization are the ones who are the most isolated from real human interaction.

Against Grammar

Language can only describe our changing world if we let language change with our world.

2014: A Ruined Year Wearing The Face of the Thing You Most Love

Dispatches from the eldritch entrails of Skull & Bones

E-Reading Mein Kampf

In an era of frenetically dispersed political techno-messaging, something old-fashioned attends the thought that Hitler’s master plan is summarized in one book. But no one really reads Mein Kampf.

Why Mobile Phones Are Good for Art

Some art critics have upbraided the Frieze Fair for displaying “fakes,” but none of the viewers seemed to mind. Their phone screens flickered constantly in the darkened stall: it’s the image itself that matters.

The Fragile Business of Indie Comics

Upon how many people does the entire indie comics publishing business truly depend? A dozen? Two dozen? Imagine if the entire literary fiction industry turned on the fortunes of such a small number of people. It’s almost inconceivable.