Joseph Akel is a New York-based freelance writer and editor. His non-fiction writing regularly appears in the New York Times, Interview, the Paris Review, Artforum, and Frieze, among others. Additionally, he has penned several artist monographs, most recently for artist Doug Aitken. Akel is currently working on his first novel. He holds a master’s degree in Art History from Oxford University and is a Ph.D. candidate with U.C. Berkeley’s Rhetoric Department.
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Watching the video of Walter Scotts shooting was profoundly disturbing. I remember calling my partner over to watch it on my computer; he refused, but I felt impelled out of a sense of some invisible necessity.