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Brooklyn Leads Living Wage Fight

Living Wage NYC aims to make it clear to developers and companies what is involved in doing business with the city.

A Mother’s Days

Housework is a total bore, and the only thing that has kept me going these past few years is my studies. Many of my friends are in analysis; I’m in linguistics.

Art In Conversation

CHARLES TRAUB with Phong Bui

On the occasion of his exhibit Object of My Creation: Photographs 1967 – 1990 (February 17 – April 23, 2011 at Gitterman Gallery) the photographer Charles Traub welcomed Rail publisher Phong Bui at the MFA Program in Photography, Video, and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts to discuss his life and work.

Art In Conversation

KATY SIEGEL with Phong Bui

On the occasion of her new publication Since ’45: America and the Making of Contemporary Art (Reaktion Books), art historian and critic Katy Siegel sat down with Rail publisher Phong Bui before an audience of artists-in-residence at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation to discuss the book and more.

Art In Conversation

ULAY with Alessandro Cassin

This past February, Ulay (Uwe Laysiepen) met with the Rail’s Alessandro Cassin in Amsterdam, to begin work on a book project. Here is a preview, which starts from his current interest: water.

ANTOINE GUERRERO The Herculean Courtier of PS 1

Antoine Guerrero left his position as Director of Exhibitions and Operations at PS 1, MoMA’s satellite institution in Long Island City, on March 1, after 17 years at the helm. Known to his friends and colleagues as “Tony,” he served as a facilitator to realize and install artists’s large projects with modest budgets and means.

Books In Conversation

RUDOLPH HERZOG with Karen Rester

Hitler and Goering are standing atop the radio tower in Berlin. Hitler says, “I’d like to do something for the Berliners to put a smile on their faces.” Goering says, “Why don’t you jump?” In the summer of 1943 Marianne K. was executed in Berlin for telling this joke.

The Foundry Theater’s NYC...Just Like I Pictured It

On November 27, 1937, a new musical revue called Pins and Needles opened at Labor Stage in New York City where it played to capacity audiences until June 26, 1939, when it was transferred to the Windsor Theatre on Broadway for a year-long run.

Big Drum Lives In Brooklyn!

John Szwed, author of the recent biography of the late Alan Lomax, subtitled his book “The Man Who Recorded the World.” During his lifetime, Alan recorded thousands of hours of traditional music in the American South, the Caribbean, and Europe, while at the same time copying, archiving, publishing, and presenting on vinyl, radio, and paper collections of folk music from around the world.

Meta Meta

A writer sits on the living room couch and stares at the computer in her lap. A glass of water sweats on the coffee table. A dog sleeps curled up on a green blanket at her feet.

FÉDER or the Gilded Husband

This experience filled our hero with a profound anxiety; Delangle’s suspicions weren’t appeased, and he was not the man to forget or neglect the consequences of an idea once it had entered his head.

From the Publisher & Artistic Director

Note from the Publisher

I suspect that Ai Weiwei, China’s greatest artist and certainly one of the first truly global artists of the 21st century (who was then living in New York, as he had since 1981), must have taken the Tiananmen Square episode as evidence of—to paraphrase Bob Dylan— the times a-changin’.

Editor's Message From The Editor

CITYNOTES: Honor in the Court

In late March, the legendary federal judge Jack Weinstein issued an opinion notable for both its legal and intellectual range.

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