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Shopping for a Modernist Holiday Tablescape at the Cooper Hewitt

Sarah Archer | Posted 02.10.2015 | Arts
Sarah Archer

One of my favorite holiday memories from my school days on East 91st Street is of browsing the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum's gift shop in search of exquisite, handmade Christmas ornaments and educational stocking stuffers.

Meet The Georgia O'Keeffe Of Lebanon

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.11.2014 | Arts

Purple breasts, orange thighs, green mountains, pink butts -- these are the amorphous subjects of artist Huguette Caland. The Lebanese artist, the dau...

Stacey Moore: Curiosity Rover

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 01.30.2015 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

Stacey Moore is a voracious autodidact with a near-pathological appetite for trying new things. If she had a motto, she jokingly but knowingly admits it would be, "I wonder what would happen if I..."

This Three-Word Poem By Jesse Damiani Just Changed Everything

Seth Abramson | Posted 01.11.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

Damiani's poem urges us to push on past cynicism to find value in that which at first seems empty, and to then push on past even that discovery to the unknown places where additional meaning might yet be found.

Can the Trolling of Media Outlets Revitalize American Poetry?

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.31.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

The course title "Wasting Time on the Internet" may have the unfortunate side effect of misleading prospective students into thinking the course believes something it entirely rejects, but far more importantly it provokes American media outlets into taking notice.

Metamodernism: The Basics III

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.19.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

Reading all of the foregoing, one might wonder, "How can metamodernism claim to enable a vertical layering of ideas and identities in which no idea or identity is privileged over the others, when by all rights that should be both a physical and metaphysical impossibility?"

Metamodernism: The Basics II

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

The first major change in metamodernism since 2010 is a growing feeling that "metamodernism," as a system of logic, is a recurring phenomenon rather than one that's especially tied to a single moment in world history.

Metamodernism: The Basics

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.12.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

We live in a time in which we feel very isolated. The Internet is partly to blame; every day we say things online -- things that isolate others, and things that isolate us from others -- that are so unkind or merely thoughtless that we would never say them face-to-face.

The State of Risk in PoMo Verse (Part 2)

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.07.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

The politics of literary metamodernism presently resides in the same transitional and paradoxical state that the work itself does, and that its authors most certainly do.

Landscapes of Clarity - Dan Kiley's Modernist Origins in Seventeenth Century France

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 12.06.2014 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

Despite all this new visibility for Kiley, there is much still not known and awaiting discovery, and part of that involves retracing his steps.

The State of Risk in PoMo Verse

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.01.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

In Cheap Signaling -- a serious and important study of poetic diction in the avant-garde -- Daniel Tiffany posits a revolutionary poetics without positing, too, a paradigm shift away from postmodernism.

An American Entrepreneur in Paris: How Sylvia Beach fought censorship

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.25.2014 | Books
Steve Mariotti

Her story is legendary: an American bibliophile who brought her love of literature to Paris and created one of the most well-known and influential bookstores of the twentieth century, Shakespeare and Company.

Jaime Scholnick and Sandra Low: Of Cheese-Wiz and Polystyrene

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 11.25.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

Love, hate, pleasure, fascination. These are the shared conceptual territories explored in the stylistically disparate practices of painter Sandra Low and painter/sculptor Jaime Scholnick -- showing together for the first time at the Rio Hondo College Art Gallery in Cultural Gumbo.

Schirmacher (R)evolution in Saas-Fee: The Badiouan EVENT Takes For(u)m with Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Graham Harman and Geert Lovink

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

Like the proverbial fall of dominos or throwing of the Deleuzian dice, the black and white of the ever-domino(ant) continential philosophy text is blending into a distinct shade of grey...

Modernist (R)evolution: Susanne Weirich's Homo Generated Ontology of the Eternal Return

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 09.03.2014 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

In bidding farewell to the old, we make the way for the New... The Badiouian ontology of number discloses the source of a modernist epic narrative i...

Me-e-ow! What Hello Kitty-Gate Tells Us About Ourselves

Jesse Damiani | Posted 11.01.2014 | Media
Jesse Damiani

On August 26, the world was let in on what would appear to be one of the biggest bombshells in cartoon history: Hello Kitty, née Kitty White, was pronounced not-cat. At 40 years young, this positioned her as the oldest third-grader in human history.

The Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (Part V)

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.29.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

While neither artists nor critics exactly choose their predisposition or disposition, and certainly don't choose the historical epoch in which they live, it becomes increasingly difficult to imagine an intellectual or cultural sphere in which the postmodern exceeds the metamodern in either mimetic rigor or emotional and moral amplitude.

The Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (Part IV)

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.27.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

That postmodernists confuse its underlying optimism with a latent penchant for anarchy says much more about postmodernism than it does about its paradigmatic successor, metamodernism.

On Metamodern Dada

Jesse Damiani | Posted 10.19.2014 | Arts
Jesse Damiani

Screens. Bright fingers that claw at our eyes. Expressions of tenderness, movements of thought, sexual fantasies, our greatest battles. More and more,...

The Metamodernist Manifesto: The Rebirth of the Author

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

Nobody is made happy by any of this; indeed, its existential utility has increasingly proven to be a net negative, even as its formal coherence (once a strong suit) has begun to erode in the Internet Age.

5 Uncomfortable Truths About Your Life

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Authentic happiness demands we also grapple with the unhappy parts of our character. Perfection, as Jewish wisdom teaches us, is reserved for God.

Priscilla Frank

Exploring The Mythology Of The Female California Artist

HuffingtonPost.com | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.16.2014 | Arts

California, like New York, is a space rife with myth. Both sites, in contrast to most other U.S. states, aren't places to be from, they're places to g...

Feminism, Modern Day Ruminations

Sana Syed | Posted 09.06.2014 | Women
Sana Syed

The interpretation of the concept of feminism is surrounded by controversy that is rivaled only by religion. The issue is confounded even more by the contradictory actions and diversity of its proponents.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Last Will and Testament

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 08.31.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

He died in Hollywood on December 21, 1940, eating a chocolate bar and making notes in pencil on a football story in the Princeton Alumni Weekly. The last words F. Scott Fitzgerald ever wrote complimented the author of the story: "Good prose."

Best Summer Beach Read: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is The Night

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 08.17.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

You needn't be by the sea to read it, of course, for you can see and smell and almost taste the Mediterranean, wherever you are, thanks to Fitzgerald's magical words.