Incident at Dante’s
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.
Hidden Figures Book Provides A Deeper Meaning Behind Blockbuster Film
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.
The Present on Broadway Reviewed
In the age of heated racial discussions and political fighting, Hidden Figures, the untold story of three black women at NASA is both timely and interesting.
A visit to the Memorial ACTe in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe
There’s lots of action along with music in The Present (including The Clash before each act and the odd Europop sensation, Haddaway), drinking, dancing, and Blanchett, in one scene, pulling off her black bra before firing a shotgun into the air (multiple times).
Anthology Launch on April Fools Day
If you looked down from the sky or had an aerial view of the Memorial ACTe (Caribbean Centre for the Expressions and Memory of African Slave Trade & Slavery), the new memorial museum that opened in Guadeloupe in 2015
The Revolution Where You Live: Stories From A 12,000 Mile Journey Through A New America
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A TRUE AND TIMELESS UNIVERSALITY:
Sarah Van Gelder reminds me of myself when she starts her book, The Revolution Where You Live: Stories From A 12,000 Mile Journey Through A New America. When she was seven, her father took his family along on exchange to a university at Andra Prades, India. While there, she formulated some questions that I also pondered in my early years: “Why do we tolerate so much suffering?
Chavisa Woods "Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country"
Always direct, stark, simple, reductivist, economical and refined, yet wildly raw and natural and usually funny, the videos of Barbara Rosenthal are personal and universal at the same time.
A Different Type of Boyhood: Moonlight Reviewed
"Chavisa Woods' Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country is part Flannery O'Connor, part Kelly Link: darkly funny and brilliantly human, urgently fantastical and implacably realistic."
Kerry James Marshall Reviewed
What does it mean to be normal? And is normalcy a guarantee of happiness? This is a thematic question that has animated countless films, plays, and novels--be it a high school comedy or historical epic, the desire to fit in is an animating force throughout one's life just as it is in film,
Inventing Downtown Reviewed
The first thing I did after seeing Kerry James Marshall’s monumental paintings at the Met Breuer last week is to go home and read. I’ve been reading everyday since. I could give a lot of reasons for reading: I could list what I’ve been reading and that may help me to answer the reasons.
Nobody likes to talk about it, but the history of modern art is inextricably tied to the history of modern wealth and money.