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REPORT CARD: Dubious Standards for Charter Schools

The city’s Office of Charter Schools knows what good education looks like, but just doesn’t think poor, black kids need to have it.

The Still Lives of Wells Tower

Wells Tower is a phenomenal magazine writer. I mean this not as a compliment but as an observation that makes plain both the industry in which he plies his trade as well as the success he’s enjoyed.

Art In Conversation

LOIS DODD with John Yau

Shortly before her exhibition at the Alexandre Gallery, Lois Dodd and Rail Art Editor John Yau met at the gallery to discuss her new paintings.

Art In Conversation

CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT with Patricia Milder

On a recent trip to Los Angeles, Rail Managing Art Editor Patricia Milder met longtime Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight for a late-November outdoor lunch on Ventura Boulevard, over which they discussed his life and work.

Art In Conversation

JOE BRADLEY with Phong Bui

On the occasion of the painter’s two simultaneous exhibits, Mouth and Foot Painting at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (January 8 – February 19, 2011) and Human Form at CANADA (January 13 – February 21, 2011), Joe Bradley took a break from his Brooklyn studio to visit Rail publisher Phong Bui at Art International Radio to talk about his life and work.

Complete Cosmicology

Italo Calvino, as everyone knows, launched writing his career as a realist—or rather, as an Italian working in the immediate aftermath of World War II, a neo-realist. Soon frustrated by the limitations of that aesthetic, the story goes, he took new inspiration from fantasy, fable, and folklore—as he would later from Oulipian experimentalism—and turned himself into a very different sort of writer.


Polanski understands structure. Few directors remain whose poetry and narrative depend on knowing why one line demands a close-up or how a tiny gesture changes the universe or how to dramatize moments that bear no inherent drama, but prove later to be crucial notes in the symphony.

Theater In Dialogue

FREQUENT FLIER: Kyoung Park Gets disOriented

I remember as a child being shown tunnels at the North/South Korean border through which North Korean people tried to escape to the South, and I thought to myself that those tunnels were the closest way to get home.

FÉDER or the Gilded Husband

At seventeen, Féder, one of the most well-to-do young men of Marseilles, was driven from his father’s home; he had just committed a grave error: he had married an actress of the Grand-Theatre.

From the Publisher & Artistic Director

A Note on Our Upcoming Benefit

On Saturday, February 19, we will host a silent art auction at the Visual Arts Gallery at SVA. I hope you can all come and support us by purchasing a work of art from our artist friends.

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The Brooklyn Rail

FEB 2011

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