Search View Archive

Aboard the Big Red Bus

Deep down I wanted to re-experience the feeling of being a newcomer, to suspend what I’d learned as a resident and see New York like I had my first time, when everything had the sheen and sparkle of novelty.

After the Twister

I was born in Joplin, but I've long since renounced any belief in theism or supernatural determinism, and don't believe that tornadoes or anything else for that matter are acts of God, unless you mean it metaphorically.

Art In Conversation

RICHARD SERRA with Phong Bui

Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective is the first retrospective of Richard Serra’s drawings. On the occasion of the retrospective, Richard Serra welcomed Rail publisher Phong Bui to his TriBeCa loft to discuss his work and more.

Readings From the Vast Unread

Readings from the Vast Unread may not be such a bright idea, but it is historically unprecedented.

Art In Conversation

DOROTHEA ROCKBURNE with David Levi Strauss and Christopher Bamford

Shortly after attending the opening of Dorothea Rockburne: In My Mind’s Eye at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton (June 19 – August 14, 2011), Rail Consulting Editor David Levi Strauss and Christopher Bamford went to Dorothea Rockburne’s studio in SoHo to discuss the show.

Art In Conversation

MATTHEW DAY JACKSON with Charles Schultz

After returning from London where he opened his first solo show, Everything Leads to Another, at Hauser and Wirth (May 20 – July 30), Matthew Day Jackson came by the Rail’s headquarters to talk about his work, creative process, and drag racing plans with Artseen contributor Charles Schultz.

Art In Conversation


On the two occasions of her second installation of the monumental work “Rhapsody” in the Atrium of MoMA and the recent exhibit The Studio Inside Out (May 18 – June 30, 2011) at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia, Rail publisher Phong Bui paid a visit to the painter Jennifer Bartlett’s home/studio in Fort Greene, Brooklyn to discuss her life and work.

MARK DI SUVERO at Governor’s Island

If you actually want to feel the earth spin on its axis, stand underneath a monumental sculpture by Mark di Suvero. His sculptures, 11 of which are now installed on Governor’s Island, are steel mammoths that completely reorient the way the eye perceives space. In each work industrial beams—some painted and others left to rust in the elements—tower towards the sky.

Canonizer’s Feast

Among academe’s devotees of Shakespeare and the rest of the literary quality, there’s everyone else, and there’s Harold Bloom. Other distinguished professors are busy mining the canons of their authors for statistical data, or trying to make biographical connections, or fitting works into the context of the vagaries of an era.

Notes on W.C. Fields (for Jim Gardner)

Some men, when they laugh, sound like geese hissing, others like grumbling goslings; some recall the sigh of woodland pigeons, or doves in their widowhood; others the hoot-owl; one an Indian rooster, another a peacock; others give out a peep-peep, like chicks.

Kara Lee Corthron’s Julius by Design

Back in March of 2010, my sister Kara Lee Corthron interviewed me for In Dialogue regarding my then-upcoming production at Playwrights Horizons. So I am turning the tables now.

Lost Time

The train was delayed, but when it finally entered the station, and after I found a seat near a window and hoisted my suitcase onto the rack, I noticed that the woman sitting across the aisle was a person I had known in high school.

Editor's Message From The Editor

On the Road in Dakar

A tale involving a moral panic, government corruption, and burning diapers.


Table of Contents

Editor's Message












Art Books


The Brooklyn Rail

JUL-AUG 2011

All Issues