Things To Do When You're Goth in the Country: An Excerpt (Tin House)
I'm Nobody and So Are You: A review of The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson at the Morgan Library Museum
It was the second round of flashlight tag. We’d been screeching up a storm of fake horror since the sun set. Beth was “it.” I ran far away from her and crouched behind a headstone at the edge of the cemetery grounds near the field.
Jack Tilton: 1951-2017
When I was thirteen years old, I hated Emily Dickinson. A great English teacher named Neil Selden introduced me to two of her poems: "I'm nobody. Who are you?" and "Hope is the thing with feathers." I hated the idea of being nobody. At thirteen, I desperately wanted to be somebody, like most children do at that age.
A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints at Japan Society
We here, the gang at A Gathering of the Tribes, are saddened to share the news that our friend, collaborator, and patron Jack Tilton is no longer with us.
What is the Point of the Beat in Hip-Hop and Rap?
It is a curious show. Curious even for me who was born & grew up in Japan & knows its culture. VERY curious for a non-Japanese who knows little about it.
Ai Weiwei: How Censorship Works
The Congolese musicians arrived. They went immediately into their complex bongo, conga, and chakra rhythms, making their opening sequence a tribute to their African deities. This was accompanied by a lively dance, performed by lithe, agile male and female dancers, each of whom had obviously been honing their craft since childhood.
Jack Tilton, Relentlessly Venturesome Art Dealer, Has Died (ART NEWS)
In the space of a month in 2014, at separate art exhibitions in Beijing and Shanghai that included my work, my name was blotted out — in one case by government officials and by exhibitors themselves in the other case.
The Oslo Debate
“Showing young artists isn’t a way to make a lot of money but I do it because I love art and it’s fun to help young artists,”
Incident at Dante’s
Great theater requires high stakes conflict. In Oslo, J.T. Rodger’s tour-de-force, cross-cultural opus now playing at Lincoln Center Theater, there is no shortage of conflict. In a play largely made up of talks between the state of Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization, this is to be expected.
On Mary Gaitskill’s Somebody With a Little Hammer
There’s a cafe called Dante’s on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village that I used to go to with my father when I was teenager.
Praise the Word! A Review of the New Anthology by a Gathering of the Tribes
Gaitskill’s writing is surprisingly tender but always on point and never misses a beat.
The 2017 Whitney Biennial Fails to Connect, and Dana Schutz Doesn’t Have a Thing to Do With It
Word: An anthology by a Gathering of the Tribes is brand new; it’s a gorgeous, slim and glossy volume of photographs, art works such as paintings, photographs, collage and even a comic strip, as well as many poems.
Thunder and Sunshine in One Body Reviewed
What a difference a month can make. When the first reviews of the 2017 edition of the Whitney Biennial came out before the exhibition was open to the public, there was a curious univocity or single voice at play among most of the critics who initially reviewed the show.
Jon Batiste and Wynton Marsalis Prize John Lewis, and Each Other
Luciann Berrios' debut collection bursts out from "under the shadow of a memory," offering not simply poems but chronicles of movement, forward and backward in time.
Dana Schutz’s Painting of Emmett Till at Whitney Biennial Sparks Protest
By the time Jon Batiste arrived at Spotify’s studios near Union Square on a recent evening, the trumpeter Wynton Marsalis had commandeered his seat at the piano.
I Am Not Your Negro Review
“It’s not acceptable for a white person to transmute Black suffering into profit and fun,” says artist Hannah Black.
Tragedy Revisited With Song and Dance
What does a revolution look like in 2017? In our cable news-facilitated present moment in which the unified voting patterns of white Americans are portrayed as a silent revolution of sorts, it’s almost hard to imagine a time when groups like The Black Panthers were even able to be revolutionary in their willingness to exercise their second amendment right to bear arms.
Present meets the past in Max Vernon’s time-traveling new musical The View Upstairs, which opened last month at the Lynn Redgrave theater. The musical is set in the eponymous UpStairs Lounge, a seventies gay bar and safe haven for the LGBT community located in New Orleans’ French Quarter.