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snuka

When he leaped, everything seemed possible.

spingarn

Pugnacious literary critic and civil rights activist.

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Hacking the belly of the beast that has swallowed us up.

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From Margaret Bourke-White to Black Francis.

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His vision of Mexico was minimalist and tragic.

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For a guy with no sense of humor, he sure is funny.

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He painted bizarre bone structure and fetal eyeballs.

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Books can be lovely and readable at the same time.

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Arranging and rearranging was his witchcraft.

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No layoff
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Elected to poetry like a fucking nun with a “vocation.”

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“Cheyenne Autumn” almost made her famous.

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A military comedy, a corporate espionage tale, a wicked sex romp.

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A high-wire kind of funny.

jarrell hammock

From his mother’s sleep he fell into the State.

sharklady

No matter what, the shark research continued.

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“Santa Claus Is A Black Man.”

25Terry-Southern

He mocked authority with irony and absurdity.

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Bounteous, macabre, and inexhaustibly mysterious stories.

guattari

Rhizomes, assemblages, and abstract machines.

Illustration by Joe Alterio

Everything that ever was, and is now, and ever will be.

kentridge

“An art of ambiguity, contradiction, uncompleted gestures.”

steiner

He puts Hermes back in charge of hermeneutics.

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Vlad the Impaler was happy to play the role of an absent God.