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Announcing <em>On Fire</em>—new from Paper Monument

Announcing On Fire—new from Paper Monument

On Fire is at once an oral history of the phenomenon of the studio fire—a catastrophic but potentially transformative event in the lives of a surprising number of artists—and a behind-the-scenes look at daily life in the artist’s studio. Author Jonathan Griffin asks ten contemporary artists how they recovered after their studios went up in flames, and gains surprising insights into their working methods, their relationship to their chosen profession, and their reasons for making art.

Year in Review: 2015

Year in Review: 2015

When the Federal Reserve raised interest rates in December for the first time since the onset of the financial crisis, the feeling around the decision was one of somber, even funereal, inevitability. It was hard not to think of the mayor of Amity, assured of the water’s safety, reluctantly leading his citizens back down to the beach. Incidentally, Jaws was released in 1975, the last year that real wages rose. We all know the water isn’t safe, but an economy organized like Amity’s has no choice but to act like it is.

N1BReading, Part 2

N1BReading, Part 2

The spurious dignity of this dangerously entitled country, as well as the specious moral high ground it takes when conducting itself around the world, are derived from what is suppressed. It is not peculiar to Americans that most of us find our own past unbearable; but the consequences of not dealing with that past are peculiarly great.

N1BReading

N1BReading

What n+1 editors and contributors are reading this month.

I encountered The Politics of Reality several months ago and wish I had done so sooner, because I’ve found it’s the kind of book that insinuates itself into one’s day-to-day experience of the world and casts new light on its least interesting corners. A woman sitting across from me on the train, a gentleman insisting on the importance of my passing through a door ahead of him: Frye invites the reader to reinterpret such experiences through a series of fascinating and memorable metaphors, from a stage play in which men are the actors and women the stagehands, to men imagined as fetuses. Some of the book is dated, of course, at times uncomfortably so, but it’s no less useful for that, I think.

Free Cecily!

Free Cecily!

A gazette revival

On Monday, May 5, Occupy Wall Street protester Cecily McMillan was found guilty of assaulting NYPD Officer Grantley Bovell at the OWS anniversary protest on March 17, 2012. She now faces two to seven years in prison, with the possibility of probation. To tell McMillan’s story and assess its consequences, a group of editors revived the Occupy! gazette in anticipation of her May 19 sentencing. Our hope is to enter into evidence what the court ignored.

Announcing <em>On Fire</em>—new from Paper Monument

Announcing On Fire—new from Paper Monument

On Fire is at once an oral history of the phenomenon of the studio fire—a catastrophic but potentially transformative event in the lives of a surprising number of artists—and a behind-the-scenes look at daily life in the artist’s studio. Author Jonathan Griffin asks ten contemporary artists how they recovered after their studios went up in flames, and gains surprising insights into their working methods, their relationship to their chosen profession, and their reasons for making art.

Year in Review: 2015

Year in Review: 2015

When the Federal Reserve raised interest rates in December for the first time since the onset of the financial crisis, the feeling around the decision was one of somber, even funereal, inevitability. It was hard not to think of the mayor of Amity, assured of the water’s safety, reluctantly leading his citizens back down to the beach. Incidentally, Jaws was released in 1975, the last year that real wages rose. We all know the water isn’t safe, but an economy organized like Amity’s has no choice but to act like it is.