The cover depicts, clockwise from the upper left,
a kitty-cat groom, a kitty-cat bride, a heart with
a sword through it, and the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
These are just four of the eighteen temporary tattoos
(contributed by twelve artists) included with this issue.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 5, NO. 9

The Visual Erotics of Mini-Marriages
by Rachel Poliquin
At the heart of every mock wedding is the simultaneous yearning to coddle and to dominate. Especially during the kitten weddings.

“Destruction, New Construction, and Then Again Destruction”
by Alexander Kauffman
How art that intentionally destroys things—and takes great pleasure in their destruction—is the greatest tribute to the American city.

The Modern Lovers: Ten Contemporary Artists Who Make Images of Their Beloved
selected by Leanne Shapton
A portfolio of ten unsentimental examples of the contemporary muse.

Non-Places, Megamuseums, and Democracy
by Alan Michael Parker
When did museums stop working like libraries and churches and start functioning as airports and shopping malls?

Don Ed Hardy
interviewed by Matthew Simmons
Before Hardy and a few other pioneers, if you weren’t in the military, and didn’t want one of a few standard tattoos—you weren’t getting a tattoo.

Dave Hickey
interviewed by Sheila Heti
“I do not want to be fair. I want the art I hate to go away. If you want your art to stay around, and I hate it, get your own fucking critic!”

Portfolio: Dave Hickey’s Top Ten
selected by Dave Hickey

Ai Weiwei
interviewed by Claudine Ko
Beijing doesn’t have professional museums, New York in the ’80s wasn’t very interesting, and other observations from “China’s Picasso”.

Liz Cohen
interviewed by Jen Graves
The Arizona artist is building an East German Trabant that transforms into an El Camino lowrider. She also poses on its hood in a bikini.

Eighteen Temporary Tattoos
Featuring illustrations by Raymond Pettibon, Charles Burns, Marcel Dzama, Walton Ford, Ron Regé Jr., Ai Weiwei, Paper Rad, Gregory Blackstock, Don Ed Hardy, Steve Powers, Blexbolex, and PShaw.

Nutrition Is a Force Multiplier
by Roland Thompson
The second installment of a monthly dispatch on food and power from a soldier stationed in Iraq.

by Paul F. Tompkins

Rolling out the Carpet for Homo Ludens
by Alexander Provan

A Book for the Millions
by Paul Collins

Eileen Chang’s Love in a Fallen City
reviewed by Phyllis Fong

Noah Eli Gordon’s A Fiddle Pulled from the Throat of a Sparrow
reviewed by Stephen Burt

Roy Kesey’s All Over
reviewed by Justin Taylor

Alexander Theroux’s Laura Warholic
reviewed by Richard Melo

A. Van Jordan’s Quantum Lyrics
reviewed by Thomas March

Steve Erickson’s Zeroville
reviewed by Andrew Ervin

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Schema: Las Vegas Carpet Patterns
by Chris Ying

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