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How Hungry is America? VERY...

“Local charities cannot possibly feed 35.5 million people adequately," says Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. "This belief that charity does it better than government only ensures that hunger will persist in America.”

Ups and Downs: The Economic Crisis (pt. 3)

The current worldwide economic slump represents the return of the capitalist economy to the dark side of its pre-World War II history.

Art In Conversation

Carol Becker WITH PHONG BUI

On the occasion of her new book, Thinking in Place: Art, Action, and Cultural Production, Carol Becker, Professor and Dean of the School of the Arts at Columbia University, paid a visit to the Rail’s headquarters to talk about her life and work.

Art In Conversation

Phyllis Braff and Marek Bartelik WITH PHONG BUI

On the occasion of AICA (The International Association of Art Critics), USA section, 25th Annual Awards, which will be held at the Guggenheim Museum on March 2, 2009, Rail’s Publisher Phong Bui spoke to its current Co-Presidents Phyllis Braff and Marek Bartelik about the organization’s history and mission.

Art In Conversation

Harriet Shorr WITH ROBERT BERLIND

On the occasion of her new exhibit Objects of Use to Me, which will be on view till February 7, 2009, the painter/writer Robert Berlind paid a visit to Harriet Shorr’s SoHo Studio to talk about the evolution of her paintings.

Art In Conversation

Ellen Phelan WITH PHONG BUI

n the occasion of her recent exhibit Ellen Phelan Still Life at Texas Gallery, which was on view from December 11, 2008 to January 24, 2009, Rail Publisher Phong Bui paid a visit to the painter’s Upper East Side home to talk about her life and work.

In Memory: Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter was an inspiration—if not a model—for many theater artists working today. What follows is just a small sample of the ways Pinter's work has influenced us all.

Genre Triumphant: The 11 Best Films Of 2008

he best films this year were genre pictures: vampire, policier, art film, gangster, war movie…all using genre conventions to keep us anchored as they shattered every genre convention we know. The sensation of being on familiar ground and utterly unmoored made the usual fare seem even more schematic, yesterday’s news.

ALINE and VALCOUR or, the Philosophical Novel

How can I say it? How soften the blow I must inflict? My senses are confused, reason leaves me, I exist here and now only through pain and sorrow...

Editor's Messsage

Minding the Store

A new era has begun, in earnest. Our president will no longer fiddle while the fires burn. Both science and the Constitution will be respected. And the looting of the federal coffers won’t be sanctioned—or at least one hopes.

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