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Out this month: The Primacy of the Image in Northern European Art, 1400-1700: Essays in Honor of Larry Silver

It is a joy and an honor to be included in this impressive Festschrift for Larry Silver. The volume is out this month from Brill. I’ve written an essay about Crucifixion engraving that Albrecht Dürer pulled from a plate of gold. You can view … Continue reading

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My review of Andy Merrifield’s “The Amateur” at Frieze

I’m very happy to review Andy Merrifield’s new book, The Amateur: The Pleasures of Doing What You Love (Verso, 2017) in my debut article for Frieze:  For Merrifield, bearing the standard of amateurism is not an idle wish, but an urgent political … Continue reading

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The Uses and Abuses of Leisure

I’m very happy to be in the current issue (no. 35) of The Baffler. My article, “Did the Fun Work?” is an assessment of the role of leisure on contemporary society. What do we expect from leisure? What constitutes leisure? Is leisure, … Continue reading

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New writing from the beginning of 2017

Is a full quarter of 2017 already behind us? It’s hard to believe. Over the past couple of months, I’ve been on a bit of a writing tear, fueled both by my own inspiration as well as some exciting commissions by … Continue reading

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On Dutch Still Life

Since I was a child, I’ve been fascinated by the opulent “banquet,” or pronk still life paintings that were briefly popular in the Dutch Republic. In the latest issue of the Revue d’art canadienne / Canadian Art Review (also known as RACAR), I … Continue reading

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New writing at The New Republic

A colleague I have written an article over at The New Republic about the political economy of modern “dynamic” offices: “Life at the Nowhere Office:” The result is that your office diffuses much like a gas following the laws of entropy. This anywhering of … Continue reading

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“Do What You Love. And Other Lies about Success and Happiness” releases this week

My book, Do What You Love. And Other Lies about Success and Happiness, published by Regan Arts, releases in the US on August 11. The book is an expansion of an essay in Jacobin, “In the Name of Love,” critiquing the contemporary notion … Continue reading

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