Masood Kamandy – Record. Collect. Compose. / CRAVE

Image courtesy of Masood Kamandy & Charlie James Gallery

Sometimes when I feel unsure of what to do next, I go and sit on my porch and look at the house of one particular neighbor across the street. I don’t know who he is, but sometimes I see him roll up in his maroon Honda Accord at the end of a long workday, when […]

I don’t call myself bisexual – I let my stories tell themselves / The Guardian

Labels about one’s sexuality can be limiting to those who feel their desire is fluid. Photograph: Alamy

I’ve always felt attracted to both men and women, but usually not at the same time. One day it’s more dude-focused and then it’s back to women, but it always feels fluid. This has nothing to do with my ability to be in a committed relationship with one person. Actually, open or poly relationships have […]

Letter from the Editor: Alicia Eler / Art21 Magazine

Smiley face by Alicia Eler

When I was twelve years old, I remember seeing it: my first smiley face. It was gigantic and bright yellow, hanging on the exterior brick wall of a car dealership, located on a busy street in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb just north of Chicago. I hated that smiley face. Seeing its mouth forever turned into […]

Terrible Premise, Good Art: The Curatorial Conundrum of “XX” at Subliminal Projects / CRAVE

Photo: Courtesy of 9f Subliminal Projects

It’s suspicious to name a show “XX,” give no explanation other than “it’s a show about eight emerging Los Angeles artists,” and leave it at that. “XX” very obviously refers to the female chromosome, however, and while all the artists in this show happened to be female-identified, is that really why they were curated together? […]

Wall To Wall | Tofer Chin: Inspirations, Angulations, and Egg Men / CRAVE

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One of artist Tofer Chin’s favorite art memories involves passing notes under a glass door at the Hammer Museum with Barry McGee. “One night around midnight, I was coming home from a late night class I had at Otis and I saw Barry McGee painting through the window at the Hammer Museum. So I got […]

Time is a DadWatch / CRAVE ‘Crystal Paradise’ Column

Alicia and her dad taking a selfie at mom's birthday dinner in Lincolnwood, Illinois

My 75-year-old dad and I drove a 14-year-old gold Mercury Sable station wagon from Chicago to Los Angeles. In its teenage-length car lifetime, it racked up only 80,000 miles. Dad gifted it to me instead of the car dealership that offered him a mere $1,300. Some time in its early years, the car acquired the […]

How to Win Tinder / The New Inquiry


By ALICIA ELER AND EVE PEYSER Tinder involves managing the vulnerability of “putting oneself out there” by playing it like a video game. “We saw some beautiful things here. Things we’ll never forget … Everyone was just trying to find themselves. God it was so nice to get a break from reality for a little while.” — From […]

Tinder Tales: I Swipe Right to Writers I Know from the Internet / CRAVE Online

Image via WHITE HOT Magazine

I arrived at a weird point the other day, finally admitting to myself that I am addicted to Tinder. I have a tendency to become really focused on things in order to understand them — I prefer to learn through experience — and so Tinder was no different than any other technological thing I’ve written about […]

When my 90s-era online love showed up, I knew my memories were a fantasy / The Guardian

A single text can rekindle an old flame. Photograph: PhotoAlto sas / Alamy/Alamy

In my early 20s, I found myself in New York City doing an internship in Midtown Manhattan. I didn’t know that many people in New York, I was always shivering in the heavy air-conditioning, and my boss didn’t seem interested in being my friend. I found myself thinking about Rebecca, the first girl that, as […]

Inhabiting Other People’s Recorded Memories / Hyperallergic

Angela Washko, “Womanhouse (Or: How To Be A VirtuousWoman)” (2014) from the series ‘Free Will Mode’ (all images courtesy of bitforms gallery)

“I turned the computer on and began to write — all the details of our story, everything that still remained in my memory,” writes the author dubbed Elena Ferrante in her book My Brilliant Friend. This is how the narrator begins her four-part story about a lifelong friendship: with the fascinating concept of dumping out all […]