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‘Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty’ — Marilyn Minter is partial to spit, ­spatter and redheads. Hers is a "Black Mass brand of femininity," in the words of the poet Eileen Myles, and she's become best known for candy-colored shots of dirty feet in designer heels, puffy pubic hair, navels ringed with beads of sweat; paintings and photographs that blur high art and high fashion, photorealism and abstraction.

Review: Vendela Vida’s ‘The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty’ Offers Freedom to Escape — Vendela Vida's heroines have a particular talent for suffering. When their marriages cool or ancient family secrets worm into the light, these women take their troubles on holiday. They prefer to do their grieving somewhere picturesque: the Philippines (" And Now You Can Go," 2003), Finland ( "Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name," 2007), Turkey ("The Lovers," 2010).

Mothers of Invention — AS AN INSTITUTION, the family is in the curious position of being regarded as both crucial to human survival and inimical to human freedom. It bears a note of bondage down to its root; family, that wonderfully warm, nourishing-sounding word (it's the echo of mammal, mammary, mama, I suspect), derives from the Latin familia, a group of servants, the human property of a given household, from famulus, slave.

The 2010 Listen-Up Awards — In a year that kicked off with the rumbling of Eyjafjallajökull and stayed somber, we turned to audiobooks for escapism and edification-and we got more than we bargained for.

Review: ‘The Edge Becomes the Center’ Explores the Rubble of Rebuilding — "Thrive, cities," Walt Whitman wrote in "Crossing the Brooklyn Ferry," one of his great love songs to urban life. "Expand" but "Keep your places."

How ‘Flawless’ Became a Feminist Declaration — The word "flaw" is some 700 years old. It was born from fire and ice, first used to mean "ember" and "snowflake" - some fragment of a whole gone astray. It evolved to signify "defect," initially in surfaces and soon after in character.

‘Huck Finn’s America’ by Andrew Levy — The famous preface to "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" reads like a goad: "Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot." No book is as regularly ransacked.

Book club guide and discussion. — To listen to the Audio Book Club discussion of My Brilliant Friend, click the arrow on the player below. Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab This month, David Haglund, Katy Waldman, and New York Times Book Review editor Parul Sehgal discuss My Brilliant Friend, the first of reclusive writer Elena...

‘The Wallcreeper’ Is Nell Zink’s Debut Novel — You don't read Nell Zink so much as step into the ring with her. Every sentence is a jab or feint, rigged for surprise. Every word feels like a verb. The plot leaps will give you vertigo. Her debut novel, "The Wallcreeper," is a very funny, very strange work of unhinged brilliance - rude sex comedy meets environmental tract.

The Book Reader: 'Deep Down Dark' — NY1 teams with contributors from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, and Essence Magazine to review the latest books and book-related trends. By: Parul Sehgal - The New York Times Text size: + - Parul Sehgal of The New York Times reports on newly released book titles and the world of publishing in "The Book Reader."
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Jul 02, 2015

@madambarrettes @HeatedSteve Finally a tweet that's not telling me "to go back to Iran!" (No offense to Iran; love Tehran's cafes!)

Jul 01, 2015

@HilarieAshton Aha. Just my luck to stumble upon it while walking the dog (who found it all very exciting).

Jul 01, 2015

What is going in Fort Greene park right now? Flag burning, bikers, cops everywhere....

Jun 26, 2015

RT @winterjessica: "Ask the nearest hippie" is a line that appears in Antonin Scalia's dissent

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