NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2009
Cover illustration: Charles Burns!
VOL. 7, NO. 9

Morrie Turner and the Kids
by Jeff Chang
How the first nationally syndicated African American cartoonist rose out of the stew of U.S. comics’ racial fascination and debasement.

The Fifth Wedding
by Michelle Tea
Two outlaw participants in the 2009 Venice Biennale marry feminism, pornography, the ocean, and each other.

The Rhinoceros in the Hall
by Alan Michael Parker
What’s the role of the museum—and searing aural pain—in the the democratization of culture?

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The Disappearance of Ford Beckman
by Michael Paul Mason
The evolution, downfall, and comeback of an artist undefeated by market crashes, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and the IRS.

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Discover Kymaerica
by Michael A. Elliott
A guide to the vast alternate universe created by the grandson of Charles and Ray Eames.

Jerry Moriarty
in conversation with Chris Ware
Ware, the master of emotionally devastating comics, talks to a painter whose work he finds “unmatched for its accessibility and humanity.”

Aline Kominsky-Crumb
interviewed by Hillary Chute
“The fact that I’d dare to put my flat scratching on the same page with a master like that, they thought that it was incredibly nervy.”

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Peter Blegvad
interviewed by Franklin Bruno
Blegvad is an artist whose output—from newspaper comics to Marxist prog-rock—is difficult to place on the high-low continuum.

Andrea Zittel
interviewed by Katie Bachner
Zittel’s artworks are experiments—breeding chickens, building a fifty-ton floating island—that test the idea that every gesture is creative.

I Am Astonished at the Sunflowers Spinning: A new poem
by Derek Walcott

Sedaratives
by Elizabeth Beckwith

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis

Creative Accounting: Two Photographs
by Chris Benz

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

“Comics”
edited by Alvin Buenaventura

Schema: Forensic Sketches of Literary Criminals
by Joshua Cohen

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