Alondra Nelson: Health care and the 99 percent

The Black Panther Party’s 40th reunion in 2006 in Oakland, California. October 2011 marks the 45th anniversary of The Black Panther Party’s founding. From the beginning of today’s Occupy Wall Street movement, Alondra Nelson argues, activists have raised the issue of health-care reform with underappreciated deliberation in a manner that also suggests the influence of … More Alondra Nelson: Health care and the 99 percent

Richard Lindberg: My Swedish Family, My American Life

A young Richard Lindberg poses with his father, Oscar, and Oscar’s 1959 Lincoln. Richard’s new memoir, Whiskey Breakfast, is a tale of his own experiences in often turbulent times. “The longest journey of any person is the journey inward.”—Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961) BY RICHARD LINDBERG Twenty-two years ago I had an idea for a book about … More Richard Lindberg: My Swedish Family, My American Life

Mark Amerika: The art of literary mashup

Media theorist, artist, and novelist Mark Amerika explores the book as a live, “liquid” object and uncovers its potential beyond the printed word. Today, he discusses his own research-and-perform methodology as well as a sampling of remix projects that utilize the works of Jack Kerouac, Jacques Derrida, and Sol Lewitt, among others. BY MARK AMERIKACult … More Mark Amerika: The art of literary mashup

194X and 9/11: Are the repercussions really that easy to compare?

A Zurn plumbing pamphlet features men planning for 194X. An exhibit at MoMA has chosen to tackle the ways in which the post-9/11 era might mirror 194X in terms of architectural revolution. (Image from A New Era of Building is Only Marking Time, Erie, Penn., J.A. Zurn Manufacturing Company, 1944.) BY ANDREW SHANKENAssistant professor of … More 194X and 9/11: Are the repercussions really that easy to compare?

Peter Smith’s Lesser Horrors: Welcome to Dullsville.

Advertising may not seem like a dull business, but it sure has its mind-numbingly dull moments. As in Peter Smith’s early ad-agency job. This is the final installment of Peter Smith’s series of “Lesser Horrors.” Missed his previous entries? You can catch them here. ——-Lesser Horror: Any glimmer, thought, or memory from one’s personal past … More Peter Smith’s Lesser Horrors: Welcome to Dullsville.