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Sophia Stewart on Stephen Sondheim, Georges Seurat, Sam Francis, and the recovered power of the muse....
On Joan Didion and Being Serious
Sophia Stewart reflects on Didion’s legacy as a serious writer and a style icon....
Much, Much Love: On Etel Adnan and Lynn Marie Kirby’s “Oracular Transmissions”
Sophia Stewart considers the epistolary collaboration of Etel Adnan and Lynn Marie Kirby....
Wrapped in Plastic: On Courtenay Stallings’s “Laura’s Ghost”
Sophia Stewart reviews “Laura’s Ghost,” a feminist-ethnographic collection revisiting the gender politics of “Twin Peaks,” the series and the film....
The Online Pivot: California’s Cultural Institutions Adjust to the New Reality
Sophia Stewart samples the online offerings of California’s cultural institutions, which are working hard to keep art alive during the pandemic....
Less Is More: The Evocative Film Posters of Akiko Stehrenberger
Sophia Stewart talks with movie poster illustrator and designer Akiko Stehrenberger about her work, her creative process, and her book “Akikomatic.”...
Tears, Idle Tears: On Heather Christle’s “The Crying Book”
Sophia Stewart dives into “The Crying Book” by Heather Christle....
Our Truest Loves: On Poetry and Parasocial Relationships
Sophia Stewart considers parasocial relationships through the lens of poetry....
Unguilty Pleasures: On Emily Nussbaum’s “I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution”
Sophia Stewart finds a lot to like in “I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution” by Emily Nussbaum....
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