CITYNOTES
Murphy’s Dissent

Frank Murphy’s dissent in the Supreme Court’s 1944 Korematsu case seems mighty timely today.

The Hotel Tehran

“Joe’s the latest out of Aberdeen’s bio-transformation division-A Variable-platform Airborne Multi-exsanguination Prototype.”

THE ALBION NATION: Communes on the Mendocino Coast

The settlers came fleeing an embattled nation, war in Vietnam, rebellion at home, and bitter battles in the mean streets of San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley.

Art In Conversation

JOHN NEWMAN with Phong Bui

A few days after the opening reception of his solo exhibit John Newman: New Work at Tibor de Nagy Gallery (March 15 – April 21, 2012) the sculptor paid a visit to the Rail’s headquarters to talk with Rail publisher Phong Bui about his life and his recent body of work.

Art In Conversation

Ice Makes Fire
PAUL KOS with Jarrett Earnest

Paul Kos, a conceptual artist who has helped create the vocabulary for video, performance, and conceptual art in the San Francisco Bay Area since the late 1960s, walked Jarrett Earnest through the three floors of his exhibit at Nyehaus, Allegories and Metaphors, 1969 – 2012 (March 3 – April 21), and talked about the evolution of his art.

Art In Conversation

ALEXANDER S. C. ROWER with Joost Elffers

On the occasion of Alexander Calder: The Great Discovery at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (February 11 – May 28, 2012), the artist’s first retrospective to be held in the Netherlands since 1969, Alexander S.C. Rower sat down with publisher and designer Joost Elffers to talk about the aesthetic relationship between Calder and Mondrian.

Art In Conversation

JULIA KUNIN with Maria Elena González

On the occasion of her exhibition at Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, Julia Kunin: Nightwood (February 23 – April 21, 2012), Maria Elena González met with Julia to converse about her current work.

Def Jam Recordings and Golf Wang

Everybody associated with Def Jam looked cool for a decade, then not so much after that. They also appear to have stopped doing cocaine when the ’90s rolled around, for better or for worse.

In Like a Lion

If we believe Adam Kirsch’s new book, Why Trilling Matters, remembering literary critic Lionel Trilling is to gain an idea of what it means to live a life in literature.

Film In Conversation

ALONE IN THE ZONE
GEOFF DYER with Monica Westin

Geoff Dyer describes himself as a “gate crasher” writer: his choice of subjects—the Venice Biennale, jazz, Burning Man, D.H. Lawrence—varies as widely as his choice of prose styles—memoir, essay, travelogue.

The Regulars

This is the worst it’s going to get, Janice thinks to herself. And maybe she’s right. She’s smack in the thick of the breakfast rush, businessmen in tailored business suits at a half dozen tables and gossiping housewives littered throughout the restaurant.

Editor's Messsage Guest Critic

To Whom It Must Concern

I’m sure that sometimes you’ve asked: “Who am I writing for?” The answer may have been: for the artist, for the “viewing public,” for curious collectors, for posterity, for yourself (perhaps in order to understand something otherwise ungraspable about the work). But what happens if you ask: “Who am I writing to?”

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