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Beware the Return of For-Profit Schools

Local

Republicans in the New York State Senate have included, in their version of the budget, a provision allowing for-profit companies to establish charter schools.

Occupy Main Street

Local

Occupy Wall Street needs to realize how essential Main Street is to a sustainable and meaningful life for so many 99%ers.

THE DRUG WAR INSIDE

Express

The drug war is a constant reminder that the United States government can jail your body and try to own your soul.

INCONVERSATION

Paul Taylor Dance Company | PAUL TAYLOR with Nancy Dalva

Dance

After decades of spring seasons at Manhattan’s City Center, this month the Paul Taylor Dance Company moves to the home of New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. In anticipation, the eponymous choreographer answered some questions from Nancy Dalva.

INCONVERSATION

MICHELLE GRABNER with Barry Schwabsky

Art

On the occasion of her recent exhibitions at Green Gallery, Milwaukee, and Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, Illinois, Barry Schwabsky took a road trip with Michelle Grabner during which they discussed her paintings as well as the curatorial projects she runs with her husband Brad Killam.

INCONVERSATION

MALCOLM MORLEY with Phong Bui

Art

Soon after the opening reception of his survey at Yale University’s Edgewood Avenue Gallery, Malcolm Morley In A Nutshell: The Fine Art of Painting 1954–2012, curated by Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale School of Art, publisher Phong Bui made a trip to Brookhaven Hamlet, Long Island, New York to visit the painter’s home/studio.

GUESTCRITIC

Dove Sta Memoria

For this issue of the Rail I have challenged colleagues to attempt the difficult task of bestowing just praise on art and artists that elicit their enthusiasm, admiration, even reverence.

INCONVERSATION

G. T. PELLIZZI and RAY SMITH with Phong Bui

Art

A week after the opening of The Execution of Maximilian: Border Paintings at Y Gallery (February 9 – March 6, 2012) artists G. T. Pellizzi and Ray Smith paid a visit to the Rail’s headquarters to discuss with publisher Phong Bui what led to their first collaboration.

Occupy Criticism, Occupy Spring

Art

Occupy enables us to revisit the past, but with a distance and a twist. It summons the dead, the living, and the unborn in a great intergenerational carnival against capitalism.

INCONVERSATION

RICHARD SIEBURTH with Adam Fitzgerald

Books

Last summer, I sat down with Sieburth in a bar in New York and began talking about his career in translation in light of Ashbery’s then-recently released translation of Rimbaud’s Illuminations. Soon, our conversation shifted to arguably the 20th century’s greatest and most influential translator, Ezra Pound.

Tour Diary of Das Racist’s 2012 Australia/New Zealand Relax Tour, January 19–February 5, 2012

Music

I woke up the morning of January 17, 2012, and met with the Greedhead (our label) intern and began packing shirts, CDs, and vinyl to bring on tour with us.

Watch Love Grow

Fiction

We laughed at the wedding invitation when it arrived. It wasn’t for the wedding of anyone I knew—a cousin of Sam’s, a boy he’d played with at a few family picnics when they were both twelve and mean, one of those swift, short affairs of childhood, when what is kindred changes quickly.

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