City by City

In the creative cities model, liberty precedes equality and fraternity. The latter two are said to follow close behind, but the logic of the lie has been exposed time and time again, city by city.

Best of Features, 2015

Our favorite features from 2015, spanning topics from dinosaurs in philosophy to hucksterism in American literature.

Beyond Bolaño and Beyond

Critics have put forth a few names, but so far there is no Next Bolaño yet. Not in terms of global readership or consensus, at least. So how are anglophone readers to know what Latin American literature commands our attention?

Daily Survivor #1

The work of being in pain every day is a form of manual labor in which the hours are unpredictable. The manual labor of being in pain every day is precarious because it is not a job you are paid to do, but a job that you pay to do, with your attention.

The Bourne Appraisal

If James Bond is a sharply-dressed state-sponsored killing machine, Jason Bourne is his moral opposite — the machine gone haywire, resisting its programming.

The Self Unpoliced

Is the self what we’ve lived through, what we’ve felt and thought? Is it what we have written? What part of the self browses the Internet? What is that self trying to get to?

Art & Algae: The Work of Anna Atkins

As we face an accelerating environmental crisis in this century, Atkins’ seaweed impressions remind us about extinctions past and present, those erasures and absences yet to come.

Last Laugh

Where is the glamor of the female masculine in the culture of the young? And why is Eileen Myles the only living female writer with macho swagger successful enough for straight people know about?

Deep Dream Believer

Despite what you’ve heard, Google’s Deep Dream is not an artificial intelligence – it’s just an interesting image filter. What does this misrepresentation tell us about the state of online tech journalism?

Book Club: The Complete Stories of Clarice Lispector – DAY 3

Day 3 of an in-depth dialogic inquiry into Clarice Lispector’s short fiction, in which her embrace of the body, linguistic innovations, and interrogations of gender, sexuality, and the limits of the human are discussed.