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One-Sided Debate Over the Stadium… Continues

On November 29, residents of Prospect Heights and the surrounding areas were presented with an “informational meeting” hosted by Community Boards 2, 6, and 8 about Forest City Ratner’s proposed $2.5 billion Atlantic Yards Development.

Inconvenient Evidence: The Effects of Abu Ghraib

The following talk, illustrated with forty sets of slides, was given at The Great Hall at Cooper Union in Manhattan on November 9, 2004 to begin a conversation with Seymour Hersh, Luc Sante, and David Levi Strauss, moderated by Brian Wallis.

Local Activists Vow to Keep Fighting the Good Fights

Now that the election is over and the votes have been aptly counted (or not, depending on who you believe), New Yorkers are hesitantly accepting the harsh reality that George W. Bush is still our President.

Art In Conversation

Richard Tuttle

Throughout his impressive forty-year career, Richard Tuttle has pursued an artistic practice that is not easily categorized, incorporating drawing, painting, and sculpture into an idiosyncratic, intensely personal hybrid.

Art In Conversation

Dorothea Rockburne and Klaus Kertess

When I leaned those four eight-by-three foot, thin-gauge metal sheets against the wall, predictably they naturally sagged in the center. There was something wrong with the way my body experienced that sag. When leaning, the panels didn’t push back at me.

Books In Conversation

Suketu Mehta with Hirsh Sawhney

Brooklyn-based Suketu Mehta, a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, spent the late 1990s becoming intimate with the gangsters and zealots responsible for the violence, as well as the slum dwellers, cops, bar girls, and movie stars who make India’s thriving commercial capital function.

The Ladies of Liberty

On Inauguration Day, Dubya’s rabbit eyes are about to shift into their dopiest state of confusion yet when he sees Lila Rose Kaplan’s Ladies of Liberty stomping up to triangulate DuPont Circle in DC. Arm-in-arm with comedic escorts Billionaires for Bush, this bilious band of 19th century battleaxes plans to hammer its croquet mallets straight into the groin of the president’s administration as it makes its way up its batty belfry to sound the death knell for women’s reproductive rights.

A Sublime So Familiar

Jean-Luc Godard—like Andrei Tarkovsky—makes you peer more intently at the screen. Their films seldom wash over you; they contain you, sweep you along (or lose you entirely), demand that you watch more closely, pay more attention.

Sounds Like Now: Still Pushing Boundaries

While twentysomething indie rockers were busily toying around with various retro (and once innovative) styles, performers/composers old enough to be their parents—or grandparents—were still pushing boundaries.

The Tree Kings

I sell trees. I’m not only a seller of trees. In the past five years I’ve been a carpenter and a plumber and a house painter. I can be a handyman and a dishwasher and a short-order cook. Now I sell trees. It’s now what I do.

With or Without Music, Bent Orbit, Found in Translation

A man snatches/off his glasses/like a brazen/murder suspect…


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