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Buchloh’s Neo-Avantgarde

Contemporary visual art is often slick and narcissistic and bears a disturbing resemblance to sophisticated advertising and music videos. Ugo Rondinone’s coolly smoldering slow-motion videos might well be promoting a new line of perfume, and Piplotti Rist’s hallucinatory work, which was featured on an immense screen hovering over Times Square, evokes fashion shoots and designer clothes for sassy, hipster girls.

On the Waterfront in Revolutionary Mexico

Veracruz is, in many ways, Mexico’s New Orleans, a muggy, laid-back, Gulf Coast port city. Like the Big Easy, Veracruz is a regional urban center that has seen better economic times.

Reflections on Motherhood

Can mothers be creative, ambitious, sexy, and angry—really, really angry—and still be good moms? The answer is yes, but not all the time.

Postcards from Mencken

H. L. Mencken is considered among the great American men of letters.


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