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 Venus’s Flower Basket  (Euplectella aspergillum)

Venus’s Flower Basket  (Euplectella aspergillum)

Voluminous and heavy, a new anthology brings together 37 texts on speculative realism and its ramifications on the arts by the likes of Quentin Meillassoux, Graham Harman, Steven Shaviro, Manuel DeLanda, Diedrich Diederichsen, Reza Negarestani, and many more. Paul Feigelfeld wades through and finds an overly present absolute, and philosophy that has become a tourist attraction.

 Jesse James (1939), Henry Fonda, 20th Century Fox

Jesse James (1939), Henry Fonda, 20th Century Fox
Back in the days, when bank robbers carried guns instead of cameras

Filmmaker Joe Gibbons robbed a bank. That was just a performance, he said after his arrest. Now he is going to prison. The question remains: Was this a very bad robbery or really good art?