The Crime of Passion or, Love’s Delirium: A Spanish Story

Embedded in Letter 37 of Aline and Valcour is a complete short tale, entitled “Le Crime du Sentiment, ou les Délires de l’amour,” published here for the first time in English translation. It appears in a portion of the novel, best described as picaresque, in which the heroine Léonore and her friend Clémentine find themselves, after a long adventurous journey, in Toledo, Spain.

Inside the Mexican Cartels

Four days before the end of President Felipe Calderón’s presidency, drug trafficker Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias La Barbie, decided to break his silence.

Faith + Action = Justice

“The faith community in New York has never been challenged to deal with economic inequality,” says Rev. David Rommereim of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Bay Ridge.

Art In Conversation

MICHELLE STUART with Ann McCoy

Michelle Stuart and Ann McCoy met at the Rail headquarters on a recent August afternoon to discuss the intersections of art, archaeology, exploration, and animism. Both daughters of the West, they also spoke about riding sidesaddle, synchronicity, and stupas.

Zorn @ 60

Musical time is different than the flow of time in which we swim, and so the distance between John Zorn’s 50th birthday celebration and this month’s 60th is better gauged by concepts like magnitudes or dimensions rather than mere years.

Art In Conversation

JAMES TURRELL with Alex Bacon

In the midst of setting up three simultaneous museum retrospectives—at the Guggenheim, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston—James Turrell sat down with Alex Bacon to discuss his beginnings as an artist and his perspectives on a range of issues: art historical, cultural, technological, aesthetic, and even ethical.

Art In Conversation

ANGELIC WORKING
GENESIS BREYER P-ORRIDGE with Jarrett Earnest

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge pioneered performance art with h/er group COUM Transmissions (1969–1976) and is considered the father of Industrial Music with h/er band Throbbing Gristle (1975– 981). In 1981, P-Orridge formed the influential band Psychic TV, and Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth (T.O.P.Y.) as a magical network to advance alternative social ideas.

Theater In Dialogue

IT'S THE APOCALYPSE. DOH!
Anne Washburn brings The Simpsons post-electric

Something menacing always seems to be lurking at the edge of an Anne Washburn play, while at its center leaps a vivid engagement—crisp and crackling—with the unintelligible.

Editor's Messsage Guest Critic

What is Art—and Why Even Ask?

Long ago, Willem de Kooning and John Cage were sitting in one of the downtown cafeterias that New York artists used to frequent. Throwing a couple of packets of sugar on the table, Cage said, “This could be art.” De Kooning’s reply: “No it couldn’t.”

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