Category: Review

Tongue-Threaded Shuttle/Book Review

Homo digitalis moves to the modern implementation of 1s and zeros to explain the contemporary means of communication and understanding. “The electronic web that connects/computers, ussers,/sounds, images, texts,/in all languages and fields of knowledge/has been called the Aleph,/the point that contains all the places of the world/seen from all angles/without superposition or transparency,/the sphere without a circumference/whose center is everywhere.” A no more beautiful or fitting description of what we might find in an afterlife that unites us with the universe (unless we’re already there), as that center moves from one place to another while always remaining at the center.

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Camino al Desván, Barcelona 1983-1986

The past years have seen a number of compilations focusing on “secret” Barcelona, the underground culture of the Catalonian capital during the seventies and eighties, a time rich with innovation and revolutionary musical ideas. It is a scene similar to the primal ooze out of which the Neue Deutsche Welle was born. Many of the Barcelona bands remain to this day as tips for insiders.

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Fred Roberts/World Music

Few people outside of the Dutch, Flemish and Afrikaans speaking world will have heard of Stef Bos. He entered the music scene in Holland in 1990 with a song Papa that struck a nerve. It’s a Dutch counterpart to Harry Chapin’s evergreen Cat’s In the Cradle…

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Alex Wolkowicz Review/Carl Oprey

  Alex Wolkowicz:  Viscera          Artbreak Gallery New York   by Carl Oprey Contributing Arts Editor Earlier this year I went to two illuminating exhibitions within a few weeks of each other. One was the swanky...

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Greg Stewart – On Location/New York

Currently the circulation of Esopus is about 30,000, with readers in all 50 states and 23 countries. The very loyal base of subscribers is about 2,000. The consistent success of Esopus has been its ability to provide the readership with an eclectic mix of art, as well as the good publicity that has been following it since its early editions. It has been reviewed in The New York Times, along with many international publications which have spread it around the globe.

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Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret/On Location-France

To; Polixeni Papapetrou:
Q) What film makes you cry?
A) This is a good question. I always and only seem to cry in films about the holocaust. Although I find these films difficult to watch, I push myself to watch them and also take my children to these films (aged 17 and 19) to never become complacent over the wrongness of what happened and to understand their paternal grandmother’s history.

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Music Review / Fred Roberts

The Hoodoo Two’s newest EP Werewolff opens with “No Service,” conjuring images of a back country church in the swamplands (it’s that kind of service). The title track “Werewolff” captures the astonishment of a man whose lady turns into a werewolf: “Baby, you look strange tonight in the moonlight” − it can’t end well.

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