Michael Spies


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  • 9 years ago

    "I don't want to use any of that arty-jargon crap to talk about your work," I say to Sue Williams as we walk into her Montauk studio. "It's just cheap shorthand anyway—aristocratic, exclusive, and boring as hell." I figured I'd expose my ins...

  • 9 years ago

    Now roughly 30 years into his career, Paul Weller, the ex-Jam/ex–Style Council frontman, has always flaunted exemplary style and admirable ambition. But 22 Dreams, Weller's ninth solo effort, is complete bollocks. In an exercise you could ei...

  • 10 years ago

    German shotgun parts from the 1950s lie strewn about the dusty wooden floor. Amongst them sits Alfredo Martinez, an artist who has been showing his work at New York galleries since the early '90s, though he gained large-scale notoriety five years ...

  • 10 years ago

    Twelve years ago, Common declared hip-hop a mangled, barely living whore he pledged to resuscitate. Nas now declares that whore deceased. "Everyone sound the same/Commercialized the game," he complains on Hip Hop Is Dead's title track, buttressed ...


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