Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

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In the sixties, there was the British invasion. But if the Swedes have anything to do about it, the aughts (in case you aren’t familiar, a nickname for the decade between 2000 and 2010) will be dominated by Scandinavian music. And what better irony is there than the band leading the pack having a name that sounds unabashedly close to a Beatles’ lyric (“Love is all you need”)? Love Is All is back for round two of audio supremacy with A Hundred Things That Keep Me Up at Night.       
 
Don’t we all wish we could look into a crystal ball and be told what to do with our lives? Who will we marry? What will we do professionally? This is what Jessica Luna attempts to do in Gwendolyn Zepeda’s novel Houston, We Have a Problema. The crystal ball is in the form of psychic Madame Hortensia. Jessica, a single Latina girl living in Houston, goes to her for help in deciding between Guillermo, a Mexican painter who is as unpredictable as he is unstable, or the opposite side of the coin, Jonathon, who is successful and dependable. She does not feel the same spark for Jonathon that she feels for Guillermo and worries that she is being pressured into that relationship by her sister and sister’s husband.
 

Twilight

Written by Augustine Blaisdell

Ever since the days of Elvis and the Beatles, teenage girls have wanted a sexy idol to scream about. The desire for an ideal fantasy boyfriend seems not to have changed, though this time; he is the pale, cool, calm, and restrained Edward. As long as you know what to expect, the highly anticipated film, Twilight, adapted from the novel of the same name from the Twilight series written by Stephenie Meyer, does not disappoint.        

 
Catherine Opie’s mid-career retrospective at the Guggenheim, Catherine Opie: American Photographer, is an extraordinarily intimate and yet highly formal view of American lives. Traversing the many levels of the annex galleries that the exhibition occupies, viewers are invited to witness several seemingly disparate series of photographs spanning a little more than ten years. Wandering through the galleries you might find yourself hitting a dead end, backtracking, skipping from bodies to buildings, portraits to landscapes, color to black and white. While sometimes confounding, this is, the perfect way to view Opie’s work. Opie (along with curators Jennifer Blessing and Nat Trotman) takes us on a tour of American life from the early 1990s to the present.
 
The New Photography exhibition currently on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art showcases a gorgeous combination of awe-inspiring shots and political subject matter. Featuring the work of artists Josephine Meckseper and Mikhael Subotzky, the exhibition opened on September 10, 2008 and will be on display until January 5, 2009.
 

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