GEIST, LIEBE, FREIHEIT: Tissue Magazine on Why Sex Is Overrated and Being Nice Isn’t

  “Sex is overrated. Money, too. Be nice,” is the message of Tissue magazine’s fourth issue, set to be released tonight at 032c Workshop in Berlin. The Hamburg-based publication, operated by Uwe Jens Bermeitinger and Melanie Jeske, celebrates creative behavior and ways of being together at the edge of fetish, fashion, and philosophy. “Sex has been very important to…
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We Do What We Want

ROBERT SILVERS ignores the market. He’s also the juggernaut behind the New York Review of Books. Robert Silvers doesn’t skip a beat; his heart operation is behind him. The 82 ­year ­old is in his kingdom, the editorial offices of The New York Review of Books. The gentleman of large stature wears a dark suit and…
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THE WOLF STANDS/CRIES ALONE

FRITZ J. RADDATZ: Quite possibly the brightest – and certainly the best dressed – culture journalist Germany had ever seen. As a major player at the respected weekly Die Zeit in the 1970s and 80s, he shaped the cultural life of West Germany. Always on the Left but never a “lefty,” he drove a Porsche when it was more fashionable to go to demonstrations. He brought James Baldwin to the …
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WILLIAM T. VOLLMANN: Conflict, Compassion and the Process of Understanding

When William T. Vollmann was 22 years old, he decided that he would write a book about the plight of the Afghan people, who were then engaged in battle against the Soviets. He planned to travel to Pakistan and document the misery of Afghan refugees, then sneak across the border and photograph the courageous deeds of the mujahideen struggling to repel the invaders. In addition to the written …
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LORD GEORGE WEIDENFELD

How an Austrian refugee escaped the Nazis and arrived in London with sixteen shillings, only to become one of the most important publishers of the 20th century, and the embodiment of the 21st century’s global networking imperative. “During one of those typical discussions around Weidenfeld’s table,” the writer Ian Burma once recalled, “there gathered an Israeli prime minister, a French …
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WILLIAM T. VOLLMANN: She Who Is So Lovely Is Drinking In That Loveliness I’ve Drunk

It is said that the American author WILLIAM T. VOLLMANN has a peculiar way with people, that his heedless sincerity in attempting to comprehend others is as startlingly foolish as his literary renderings of them are complex and involved. None of this we would know, however, because we've never met him. Vollmann didn't want to be photographed and refused a live interview. So we decided to …
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Magisterial, Precise, Unsettling: SIMON REYNOLDS on J.G. BALLARD

SIMON REYNOLDS is one of the most recognizable music critics around. Possessing a willingness to tackle pop music as an art form worthy of intellectual discourse rather than a fleeting moment of adolescent flash, Reynolds' recent work Rip It Up and Start Again is a timely excavation of post-punk: Cabaret Voltaire, PiL, Magazine, and so on. What’s more, J.G. BALLARD was a thread throughout …
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JOHN GRAY: Post-American Age

“The global financial crisis will see the US falter in the same way the Soviet Union did when the Berlin Wall came down. The era of American dominance is over,” says JOHN GRAY. The prominent British philosopher and historian sits down with HANS ULRICH OBRIST to discuss the cult of belief, the death of utopia, and the enduring legacy of the last superpower.
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JEFF VANDERMEER: Science-Fiction City

The novels of JEFF VANDERMEER fall somewhere between science fiction, urban surrealism, dark fantasy, magical realism, and even horror-comedy. From his fungal city of Ambergris to the uniquely dark, medicalized underworld of Veniss, VanderMeer’s vision is architectural in the best, broadest sense. An interview with the author on how his work impacts architecture and urban planning.
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