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May 2010

Mean Girls and Bad Boys

Image: Casey O’Connell, Nudy and Nakes, acrylic and oil stain on wood panel, 2010

This month we’re braving the teen terrain. Adolescents may have no monopoly on bad behavior, but they have the market cornered on inventive ways of displaying it. Here teens scheme, double-cross, and otherwise terrorize their peers; "mean" is truly average, and every story includes a plot. Religious ceremonies lead to ritual humiliation, family vacations turn into holidays in hell, and even adults act out. Stand back as Naja Aidt, Andrés Barba, Leonardo Pica Ciamarra, Lars Saabye Christensen, Angela Dutra de Menezes,  Eve Gil, and Etienne van Heerden depict a world of bad behavior.

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Book Reviews

Romain Gary’s “Hocus Bogus”

Reviewed by Morten Høi Jensen

In the 1970s the French writer and film director Romain Gary had grown, in his own words, “tired of being nothing but myself.”

Olga Tokarczuk’s “Primeval and Other Times”

Reviewed by Tara Bray Smith

Then there is Primeval: protozoic, foundational, “the place at the centre of the universe.”

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