Year: 2015

  • Review: The Vesper Project by Titus Kaphar

    The artist Titus Kaphar has created something simultaneously fascinating and creepy as hell in his installation “The Vesper Project,” on display through December 13 at the Katzen Art Center museum on the campus of American University in Washington, DC. In the New Haven-based artist’s telling, a man named Benjamin Vesper experienced a psychotic break, attacked […]

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  • Review: The Unfortunates by Sophie McManus

    The Unfortunatesby Sophie McManus is a stunningly self-assured debut that rewards its readers with a highly polished gem of a book. This contemporary novel, told over the course of one year, assumes the qualities of a novel of epic scope through its author’s skillful telling. The emotional heart of The Unfortunates is the character Iris, […]

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  • Away From The Numbers

    I downloaded the first album by The Jam, “In The City,” a couple of weeks ago. I’d never heard it before but it sounded like the kind of thing I’d like, and it is. On my way to work last week “Away From The Numbers” came up on my iPod and stopped me in my […]

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  • Your High-Wire Act

    Watching you negotiate your mundane existence is like watchingA performer on a tightrope:FascinatingFrighteningBreathtaking Such otherworldly balance and poiseSuch easy fearlessness How do you do it?It must have come at an early age,The fires that forged your steelThe earthquakes that trained your stepsThe weakness that made you strong I wonder sometimes if you ever regret learning […]

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  • Magdalena

    “Automat” by Edward Hopper, 1927 I woke up this morning with this melody and the first couple lines running through my head and figured if I didn’t get it down today it would be lost to the mists of time. In the dream the song accompanied an animated video by a Scandinavian artist. The characters […]

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