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A literary column that includes reviews, lists, and excerpts from books

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Flickering Memoirs and Surveys: An Interview with Bill Burns

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Flickering Memoirs and Surveys: An Interview with Bill Burns

Caroline Picard interviews artist Bill Burns about his new book, “Hans Ulrich Obrist Hear Us,” both a memoir and an artistic survey that questions notions of cultural capital.

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Queering New York: An Interview with Douglas Crimp

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Queering New York: An Interview with Douglas Crimp

Writer-in-Residence Mimi Cheng interviews art critic Douglas Crimp about his new book “Before Pictures,” which juxtaposes the experimental art scene with the experimental gay scene of 1970s New York.

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The Variations of its Shadows: An Interview with Jorge Méndez Blake

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The Variations of its Shadows: An Interview with Jorge Méndez Blake

Artist Jorge Méndez Blake discusses his method of translating the psychological places within books and poems into sculptures and installations.

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In Defense Against Material: An Interview with A. Laurie Palmer

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In Defense Against Material: An Interview with A. Laurie Palmer

A. Laurie Palmer discusses her book “In the Aura of a Hole,” which, through photography and essays, exposes the physical consequences of humanity’s dependence on the earth and its resources.

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Life Among Other Men: An Interview with Black Deutschland ’s Darryl Pinckney

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Life Among Other Men: An Interview with Black Deutschland ’s Darryl Pinckney

In this extended interview, author Darryl Pinckney discusses characters caught between conflicting identities and locales in his latest novel “Black Deutschland.”

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Still Reading by the Fire

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Still Reading by the Fire

Most of this past year’s proposed radical agendas contain nothing that’s actually revolutionary or visionary. Politicians, theocrats, and profiteers campaign on platforms of retroactive change: ideological preservation, religious orthodoxy. ‘A …

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Reading by the Fire

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Reading by the Fire

Bay Area artists, curators, and culture shifters recommend nine texts for the radical at heart.

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Kalup Linzy Joins the ART21/CUE Book Club

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Kalup Linzy Joins the ART21/CUE Book Club

The ART21/CUE Book Club returns on November 13, with video and performance artist Kalup Linzy guiding our conversation.

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Moyra Davey: Burn the Diaries

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Moyra Davey: Burn the Diaries

Moyra Davey: Burn the Diaries, a book and exhibition, travel to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.

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Uncaged: Coco Fusco and Planet of the Apes

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Uncaged: Coco Fusco and Planet of the Apes

Artist Elia Alba talks to artist Coco Fusco about taking on the role of Dr. Zira from Planet of the Apes.

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Print to Pixels: The Digital Photobook

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Print to Pixels: The Digital Photobook

What is the potential of the digital photobook? Guest contributor Allie Haeusslein highlights “thought provoking” models such as Todd Hido’s forthcoming digital publication of Excerpts from Silver Meadows.

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Books to Read Now About the Future

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Books to Read Now About the Future

A future-focused reading list, courtesy of AdobeBooks and Arts Cooperative, a multidisciplinary hub for arts and culture in San Francisco.

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The ART21/CUE Book Club Takes a Wild Ride

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The ART21/CUE Book Club Takes a Wild Ride

The ART21/CUE Book Club meets again on June 26, 2014.

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Announcing the Art21 Book Club

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Announcing the Art21 Book Club

Art21 invites avid readers to participate in semi-intimate conversations about fiction and nonfiction books relevant to themes of the Art21 Magazine.

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An Interview with Sarah Lewis

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An Interview with Sarah Lewis

New York–based curator, art historian, and Yale MFA Critic Sarah Lewis talks about her anticipated first book, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery.

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On the Road to Legendary

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On the Road to Legendary

Veteran photographer Gerard H. Gaskin discusses the long road to his first book, “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene,” due out this month.

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An Excerpt from “The Rest of Us”

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An Excerpt from “The Rest of Us”

An excerpt from Jessica Lott’s debut novel, “The Rest of Us,” a love story set in New York City’s art world.