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Possession – Breaking Apart – Gathering – Movement – Judging, a story, Part Four of Five – and some very brief thoughts on art and politics (The following is a work of satire. The people and events depicted, including those based on real people and events, are all entirely fictional.)

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As I’ve mentioned before, yet have often struggled to remember myself, especially in the face of the kind of news we have constantly had to deal with lately, I believe that one of the major priorities of art and criticism in our time (and always, admittedly) should be to help lay a kind of spiritual foundation for a new and better society, both mining and undermining the old, and at once confronting and sidestepping current events. Of course, one doesn’t have to subscribe to that particular view to believe in the importance of art for this moment in history, or to make art that is important to it; but during her time as guest editor at Burning House Press, Karissa Lang focused on some of the themes that are, I think, among the most important to the kind of project I have in mind.

The earlier installments of Judging can be read together here. I’ll be taking July off; in the meantime, please take a look at the work of some of the artists who have appeared in this space in previous months (you will see a few names multiple times), and, if you happen to be in the U.S., consider maybe celebrating the Fourth the old fashioned way.

Next issue: August 7th

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