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Stanisław Lem: A Holocaust Survivor’s Hardboiled Science Fiction

“In ‘His Master’s Voice,’ a 1968 sci-fi novel by the Polish writer Stanisław Lem, a team of scientists and scholars convened by the American government try to decipher a neutrino signal from outer space. They manage to translate a fragment … Continue reading

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When Martin Luther King Came to Harlem

“Less than a year before his assassination, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. came to Harlem. In the June 22, 1967, Village Voice, contributor Marlene Nadle observed the crowd anxiously awaiting the Baptist minister’s arrival: ‘Using programs folded accordion style instead … Continue reading

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Running in sneakers, the Judson Dance Theater

Yvonne Rainer, We Shall Run, 1963 performed March 7, 1965 at the Wadsworth Atheneum “Twelve performers stand still onstage. A minute passes, then another. You sit there watching, waiting for the dancing to begin. After what feels like an interminable … Continue reading

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Totem Press, Yugen – Imamu Amiri Baraka

Charles Olson, Projective Verse (1959). Cover by Matsumi Kanemitsu. “On the same small offset press, and as an arm of his magazine Yugen, LeRoi Jones’s Totem Press imprint published thirteen pamphlets, beginning with Diane di Prima’s This Kind of Bird … Continue reading

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A Huge Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music (1920-2007) Featuring John Cage, Sun Ra, Captain Beefheart & More

“If you’ve taken any introductory course or even read any introductory books on music, you’ll almost certainly have heard it described as ‘organized sound.’ Fair enough, but then what do you call disorganized sound? Why, noise of course. And all … Continue reading

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Topaz – Alfred Hitchcock (1969)

“It’s perfectly apparent from its opening sequence that no one except Alfred Hitchcock, the wise, round, supremely confident storyteller, is in charge of ‘Topaz,’ the film that opened yesterday at the Cinerama Theater. ‘Topaz,’ the code name for a Russian … Continue reading

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FLATWARE: Alex Kitnick on In Memory of My Feelings—Frank O’Hara, 1961

Jasper Johns, In Memory of My Feelings—Frank O’Hara, 1961, oil on canvas with objects, two panels, overall 40 × 59 3⁄4″. “I always assumed that Jasper Johns painted In Memory of My Feelings—Frank O’Hara, 1961, to memorialize the poet whose … Continue reading

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On Revolution – Hannah Arendt (1963)

“On Revolution is a 1963 book by political theorist Hannah Arendt. Arendt presents a comparison of two of the main revolutions of the eighteenth century, the American and French Revolutions. Twelve years after the publication of her The Origins of … Continue reading

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The 1968 Kerner Commission Report Still Echoes Across America

Then Illinois governor Otto Kerner, left, and New York mayor John Lindsay report on the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders in October 1967. “A young African-American is killed by a white police officer in full view of others. Angry … Continue reading

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“Sonny’s Blues” – James Baldwin (1957)

“‘Sonny’s Blues’ is a 1957 short story written by James Baldwin, originally published in Partisan Review. The story contains the recollections of a black algebra teacher in 1950s Harlem as he reacts to his brother Sonny’s drug addiction, arrest, and … Continue reading

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