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The Brooklyn Rail’s Player-of-the-Year, 2012

Volumes of horse race punditry notwithstanding, the 2012 presidential campaign seemed like anything but a day at the track.

A Brand Called Brooklyn

If the new arena could speak, its first word would be “Brooklyn.”

WITHERED AND BURNED: Some Lessons from Texas

Until recently, Americans thought ecological threats occurred in faraway places.

End of the Line in the ICU

Some first-hand observations of a place where there are few gentle good nights.


The painter David Humphrey welcomed Rail publisher Phong Bui to his Chelsea studio to talk about the recent work, which will be featured at his one-person exhibit David Humphrey: New Paintings at Fredericks and Freiser (November 28 – December 22, 2012).

Art In Conversation

ABCs for/of Richard Tuttle
An epistolary interview with Jarrett Earnest, pt. 2 “H–O”

“Fire lives the death of air, and air lives the death of fire; water lives the death of earth, earth that of water.”

Art In Conversation


While preparing for her forthcoming solo show Dante: The Way of All Flesh at fordProject (November 8 – December 21, 2012) Patricia Cronin welcomed Rail publisher Phong Bui to her Gowanus studio one late Sunday morning to view the new body of work and to discuss her art and life.

Art In Conversation

ROBERT LAZZARINI with Jonathan T. D. Neil

Jonathan T. D. Neil and Robert Lazzarini met at the Brooklyn Rail’s headquarters in mid-October to discuss the artist’s newest body of work, (damage), which will go on view at Marlborough Chelsea on November 15.

In the Thick of Things

The first thing one sees upon entering the Yale University Art Gallery—which re-opens fully to the public in December after a 10-year incremental renovation—is a Sol LeWitt wall drawing.

AN AMERICAN REVIVALIST: Dom Flemons and the Return of the African-American String Band

During the height of the Depression, folklorist Alan Lomax persuaded his employers at the Library of Congress to send him across the South to collect folk music.

No One is Done Nothing is Over: Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud To Present…

Playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury didn’t set out to write a play about the German genocide on the Herero of Namibia in Southwest Africa around the turn of the 20th century.

Film In Conversation

PHIL SOLOMON with Leo Goldsmith

This fall has seen two New York premieres of recent works by experimental filmmaker Phil Solomon. “EMPIRE,” which screened at this year’s Views from the Avant-Garde, wittily recreates Andy Warhol’s film of the same name.

from I am the Robert Walser

Mina Pam Dick is the author of Delinquent (Futurepoem books, 2009). Recently, she has been making out and off with Hölderlin, Trakl, Nietzsche, and Büchner in hybrid translit.

From the Publisher & Artistic Director

A Note to Our Readers

I believe we will all rise above this time with a greater purpose in life and art.

Editor's Message

The Politics of Art

Reviewing current art, both locally and globally, it appears that much of it has or purports to have a political content.

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The Brooklyn Rail

NOV 2012

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