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May 10, 2023 Miss Rosen

Barreto’s on Stanton Street (1987) | ūüď∑: Tria Giovan On May 28, 1984, New York Magazine announced the death knell of the Lower East Side (LES) with a cover story declaiming the arrival of gentrification. “There Goes the Neighborhood,” the weekly warned, above a photograph of white hipsters in front of a graffiti-covered wall that’s […]

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October 4, 2022 Miss Rosen

ūüď∑: (L) Slick Rick by Sophie Bramly (R) Slick Rick by Janette Beckman | Courtesy of TASCHEN Picture it: Detroit, the late 1980s. High school student Vikki Tobak awaited her turn to speak as the teacher asked the class:  “What do you want to do when you grow up?” The teen, who first arrived in […]

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May 6, 2015 Prachi Gupta

There are many, many reasons to dislike Kim Kardashian, breaker of the internet, purveyor of selfies and symbol of mind-numbing, soul-crushing millennial vanity. But it was over her predilection for fur that a group of activists bombed her Tuesday signing for Selfish at a Midtown Barnes & Noble. A group of about 10 protesters, some […]

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May 1, 2015 Bucky Turco

For several years, Danish photographer S√łren Solk√¶r has been hunting down urban artists from all across the globe and shooting their portraits for his new exhibit/book SURFACE. It all started in 2011, when renowned street artist Shepard Fairey went to Solk√¶r’s hometown of Copenhagen to do a mural. The lensman snapped his photo and then […]

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February 27, 2015 Prachi Gupta

When speaking out against ISIS earlier this month, President Obama attempted to rein in those who maligned the entire religion of Islam based on the actions of radical groups. ‚ÄúLest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed […]

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January 19, 2015 Bucky Turco

Nate “Igor” Smith is a NYC-based photographer who mostly conducts photo shoots with porn stars and other Suicide Girls-type models. He posts lots of those results on website Driven By Boredom, which has been warehousing his images and adventures for over a decade, like this entry from 2002 via the WayBackMachine. “Yeah, I am on […]

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September 23, 2014 Marina Galperina

Artist Addie Wagenknecht (Webcam Venus, Prism Break Barbie,¬†PUSSYDRONES)¬†has just¬†published Technological Selection of Fate — a¬†“fragile, glitchy” book of old, private¬†LiveJournal entry excerpts. I used my livejournal account from 2000-2009 as a place I¬†defined as a private space where I shared mostly my¬†relationships failures to my ‚Äėonline only‚Äô friends. This group of¬†people knew more about my […]

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September 16, 2014 Sophie Weiner

John Darnielle is the lead singer and songwriter of the Mountain Goats, a wordy indie folk band with an obsessive¬†cult following. In addition to being¬†“one of the best lyricists of his generation” (as his book bio generously, but accurately, puts it), Darnielle is also one of the most prolific. His 14 full length LPs are […]

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September 3, 2014 Rhett Jones

David Foster Wallace‚Äôs Infinite Jest is a notoriously ‚Äúdifficult‚ÄĚ book, and one of the last ones to come to mind when you think of books to make in Lego form. Supposedly, the late author told his friend Jonathan Franzen that “the story can’t fully be made sense of.” But an¬†eleven-year-old boy named Sebastian Griffith has […]

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August 26, 2014 Marina Galperina

Like a pro, James Frey keeps on¬†diversifying. After A Million Little Pieces,¬†a¬†very¬†successful and¬†very fake nonfiction memoir about his¬†“drug addiction” and “criminal past,” Frey¬†wrote two more¬†international¬†bestsellers and founded a young adult¬†transmedia sweatshop.¬†His latest endeavor brings out his artsy side. In 2012, when he was a co-owner of New York’s Half Gallery, Frey purchased a garden gnome […]

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