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Sunday, May 13, 2018

My name is not John, but it may as well be: on Danger Signals by Built for Collapse by Paul Ketchum

The history in the text (of lobotomies, of white-male explorers, of colonization) becomes compressed: events, accidents, happenstance, and mistakes, become “like layers of snow into a glac…

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

On Femme Pathos, with a Joseph Campbell analogy by Paul Ketchum

Moodey tries to save the bird by soaking it in Epsom salts and massaging it, but the inevitability of its death leads to the practicality of it being made into chicken soup.

SOURCE: Culture Bot at 01:24PM
Friday, January 5, 2018

To Be Alone In a Room With People: A Conversation with Joey Weiss and Matt Korahais by Paul Ketchum

“It started as a piece with very pared down visual corollary, but I soon realized that was beside the point. It was a much more interesting piece to use language to describe a thing and en…

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Monday, December 11, 2017

William Burke and the Never Ending Celebration of Failure by Paul Ketchum

The failure Burke examines comes from (intentional) overuse, dereliction, or poor design, not the result of freewheeling adventure or calculated risk-taking.

SOURCE: Culture Bot at 04:18PM
Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Resuscitation of Rhapsody; or, Can Anybody Make Art Anymore Without Someone Comparing it to Game of Thrones: On Icarus in the L.E.S. by Nic Adams by Paul Ketchum

The severed head of Homer has been degraded, discarded in wintry sidewalk snow mounds and forgotten inside the walk-in refrigerator of some swank restaurant before being hung on a meat hook …

SOURCE: Culture Bot at 11:42AM
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

An Evening Without Kippy Winston, Wherein the Author Attends the Season Finale of REAL TALK/KIP TALK by Paul Ketchum

It was funny, it was touching, it inspired moderate anxiety.

SOURCE: Culture Bot at 09:18PM
Sunday, February 26, 2017

A narcissist is a narcissist is a narcissist by Paul Ketchum

Just like everyone who translates Dante’s Inferno gets to draw some picture of all the rings of hell, so too does everyone who writes about a Maxwell show get to comment on the plain, emot…

SOURCE: Culture Bot at 12:32PM
Monday, November 21, 2016

Making Sure That One Person Will Never Speak for Everyone: 25 years of the Brooklyn Arts Exchange by Paul Ketchum

25 years ago, in a large room in the Gowanus Arts Building that stands just outside the window of my Gowanus apartment, the Gowanus Arts Exchange, founded by Marya Warshaw (who remains the e…

SOURCE: Culture Bot at 06:02PM
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Just Because You’re the First Doesn’t Mean You’re the Best, or “Get the Cheese Plate”: the Immensely Gratifying Return of THE BLACK CROOK by Paul Ketchum

I sauntered into McSorley’s just as my phone jingled. Moe Yousuf was running late; the trains in Brooklyn were to blame. My eyes met Josh Gelb’s as soon as I looked up from my screen. He…

SOURCE: Culture Bot at 07:31PM
Monday, August 1, 2016

On A Clear Day I Can See How Artificially High My Blood Pressure Has Climbed: A Conversation with Eliza Bent by Paul Ketchum

Upon first entering the Five Guys on 7th Ave in Park Slope, I noticed that the usually ubiquitous pictures of salt shakers, to indicate when a dish is high in sodium, were not present on the…

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Cara Scarmack made a pact with a Devil by Paul Ketchum

Amidst earthquakes and making pacts with the Devil, Paul Ketchum talks to Cara Scarmack about her upcoming operetta at JACK.

SOURCE: Culture Bot at 08:48PM

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