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  • 10 years ago

    In November 1956, the first copies of Howl and Other Poems went on sale at City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, and Allen Ginsberg marveled that his publisher, fellow poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, had decided to print a thousand copies. How would...

  • 12 years ago

    February 4, 1992 A worn gray tepee sits at the edge of the city's oldest shantytown, just yards from where Manhattan Bridge traffic hits Canal Street. But it also sits in terra incognita. The two artists who've lived in the tepee since Thanksgivin...

  • 13 years ago

    On January 30, Surrogate Court Judge Eve Preminger ruled that the archive of Jack Smith belongs, in effect, to the artist's younger sister, a 70-year-old Texas housewife named Mary Sue Slater. Auteur of the notorious Flaming Creatures, performance...

  • 14 years ago

    Arthur Nersesian began to establish himself as a chronicler of New York's increasingly elusive demimonde with The Fuck-Up, his first novel. Much of the plot unfolds in the early-'80s East Village with nary a mention of the nascent gallery and club...

  • 14 years ago

    At one time, Valerie Solanas seemed the feminist ghost least likely to rise from the grave. The one and only member of the Society for Cutting Up Men, she was just too mad and too bad. But less than 10 years after her death in 1988, this unlikely ...

  • 14 years ago

    Some sculpture gathers no dust. Do-Ho Suh might put things on a pedestal—even as he questions the whole notion of a pedestal—but he's just as likely to build a wall or a floor. Often his work doesn't take up space so much as create one. ...


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