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Picasso as Anti-Fascist

Most of the commentary about Picasso, and most especially about his activism once the Spanish Civil War broke out, seems to suggest that this political action was unusual. But Picasso was a born anti-fascist; it was in his blood.

Middle Passage: White Ships, Black Cargo

The following are samples of the approximately 50 drawings currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA) in Fort Greene.

In Conversation

Iraq in Fragments: James Longley with Williams Cole

James Longley talks to Williams Cole about his new documentary, the experience of working as a filmmaker in a war–zone, and the disastrous impact of the American invasion on ordinary Iraqis.

Woodward at War

Most of the reviewers of State of Denial have been polite enough not to mention how Woodward’s shifting perspective neatly mirrors Bush’s poll numbers.

From Mexico City to Brooklyn: Carmen Boullosa

“My Brooklyn neighborhood fascinates me as an almost prototypical city, with people from all over the world living together in a small place,” explains Boullosa.

Remembering Brad Will

Everyone knew Brad, and pretty much everyone dug him. Tall, scruffy, a little stinky and a lot gorgeous, he hummed with infectious optimism; he radiated joy.

Excerpt from The Uncomfortable Dead

That there’s what El Sup told me, and I just looked at him to see if he was joking or what. Cause the thing is, El Sup sometimes mixes things up and jokes with the city folk like he’s talking to us, or he jokes with us like he’s talking to the city folk. ...

Memories of Sontag: From an Ex-Pat’s Diary

These journal excerpts — written by one of Sontag’s former lovers while the two were living together in Paris and traveling around Europe — provide a fascinating, not always complementary perspective on the writer’s personality as a young, insecure, painfully vulnerable American girl abroad.


The Brooklyn Rail

NOV 2006

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