The Magpie

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The Magpie is someone who notices what gleams in the world.


Cover Photo: Walter De Maria, The Lightning Field, 1977. © The Estate of Walter De Maria. Photo: John Cliett
In Which the Magpie Takes to the Field

De Maria’s field of lightning . . . Thoreau’s “botany boxes” . . . James Schuyler’s salute to the past

Jun 09, 2017
Cover Photo: still from the trailer for A Ghost Story
In Which the Magpie Makes a Ghost Map of the City

The haunting of Rooney Mara . . . a delivery room turned walk-in closet . . . Ain Gordon’s “Radicals in Miniature”

May 25, 2017
Cover Photo: photo by e-codices/flickr
In Which the Magpie Seeks the Zeitgeist of the Losers

The stuff we talk about after we finish with our weekly outrage.

May 11, 2017
Cover Photo: photo by dalioPhoto/flickr
In Which the Magpie Considers What a Giant Might See

Puppies . . . daffodils . . . surveillance-proof cloaks

Apr 27, 2017
Cover Photo: Installation view: Doug Wheeler, PSAD Synthetic Desert III, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, March 24-August 2, 2017 Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
In Which the Magpie Enters the Silence

A synthetic desert . . . a forest made of foam . . . the privilege of quiet

Mar 30, 2017
Cover Photo: Amy Sillman, After Metamorphoses, 2015-16. Courtesy of the artist (film still)
In Which the Magpie Sees Wild Boars as Lost Children

Fukushima’s radioactive boars . . . Ovidian transformations . . . Amy Sillman’s “After Metamorphoses”

Mar 16, 2017
Cover Photo: From Plato’s Dogs by Thomas Roma and Giancarlo Roma, published by powerHouse Books.
In Which the Magpie Lets the Dog Live

A dog and her birthday pancake . . . the fate of Old Yeller et al . . . Thomas Roma’s dog shadow photographs

Mar 02, 2017
Cover Photo: Modenschau (Fashion Show), 1925-35 (detail) by Hannah Höch. Photograph: Berlinische Galerie – Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur, Berlin
In Which the Magpie Spies Collages in the Trees

Mike Nichols’s films . . . Hannah Höch’s cut-outs . . . Wallace Stevens’s jar on a hill

Feb 16, 2017
Cover Photo: photo by Brendan Lynch/flickr
In Which the Magpie Considers the Possibilities of Outer Space

Spacepeople perch in trees . . . prisoners in the desert read the stars . . . escalators lead the way to the Big Bang

Feb 03, 2017
Cover Photo: photo by Ally Aubry/flickr
In Which the Magpie Delivers the (Fake) News from the Meeting of the Electoral College

An island receives an unexpected party . . . a prize is granted . . . a large problem is solved.

Dec 19, 2016