Patterns of Poetic Revolution

Amit Majmudar
December 16, 2014
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  One of the most famous lines in English poetry about poetry is Moore’s “I, too, dislike it.” The interesting thing is just how much the best poets, historically, have disliked the poetry immediately preceding theirs. The classic critical explanation:…

Kelley and pain

T Clutch Fleischmann
December 15, 2014
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This fall, I had two conversations with friends about Mike Kelley, both following the late artist’s exhibition at MoCA. My friends’ opinions were dichotomous, which is pretty standard for reactions to Kelley’s work. While his practice in diverse modes and…

Martyr Stories, Past and Present

Amit Majmudar
December 11, 2014
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Some of the most popular stories in medieval Europe were tales of saints and martyrs. Many of the hagiographies were essentially martyr stories as well, seeing as most early Christians were sainted for dying at the hands of pagans, like St.…

Earl Sweatshirt’s Bookshelf, and Time

Brian Michael Murphy
December 10, 2014
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Bookshelves do funny things to time. In a recent clip, rapper Earl Sweatshirt lets FADER TV tour his Hollywood bachelor pad. In a Cribs send-up, he guides the camera through his “hand-crafted closet,” a close-up of his “exquisite trash,” while…

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