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Norman Siegel and the Race for Public Advocate

It’s 6:00 on a Thursday night in late March, and Norman Siegel is speaking at a small campaign fund-raiser at the Bowery Poetry Club. The Dance Liberation Front organized the event, and the room is filled with a collection of activist types, who some might view as oddballs and misfits but who proudly call themselves “deviants for Norm,” as one speaker puts it.

Paris ’68: Professors, You Make Us Grow Old

On the brink of working class and student insurgency, Guy Debord published The Society of the Spectacle (1967), his best-known text, a work that would become the radical book of the decade, perhaps the most radical radical book ever written. Utterly original in composition, its 221 strange theses give us stirring crescendos of literary power, compelling evocations of an epoch in which unity spelt division, essence appearance, truth falsity.

Art In Conversation

Carolee Schneemann with Praxis (Delia Bajo and Brainard Carey)

Carolee Schneemann, a multidisciplinary artist, transformed the definition of art in the 1960s, especially discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender.

Railing Opinion: Considering the Alternative

It has been clear for some time now that the American people love art—the museums are choked with visitors and the art market is booming—but hate artists, who are widely regarded as elitist troublemakers.

Books In Conversation

Thar She Blows Dennis Loy Johnson and Valerie Merians with Kate Trainor

Writer and publisher Dennis Loy Johnson is the creator of the literary weblog and the founder of Melville House Books, which he launched with his wife, Valerie Merians, in 2002.

Brooklyn's Jazz Renaissance

In March 2003, Jazz at Lincoln Center hosted a forum titled “Jazz and Social Protest” that drew a predominantly black, standing-room-only crowd.

Double the Pleasure: Dance Meets Poetry in 2wice

In her delightful memoir, Dancing with Cuba, Alma Guillermoprieto remembers her first years spent dancing in New York, including early morning practices of Twyla Tharp’s Medley on Central Park’s Great Lawn.


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The Brooklyn Rail

APR 2005

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