In celebration of its 10th anniversary, The Believer has just published a handful of classic stories for the first time on the web, and they were nice enough to share them with the Longreads community. Enjoy:
Eddie Vedder Interviewed by Carrie Brownstein (June 2004)
Solitude is never absolute. We are always with someone, even if it is only our shadow. We are never one—we are always we. These extremes are the poles of human life.
It’s four in the morning, the end of September. I’m writing you now just to see if you’re better. New York is cold but I like where I’m living. There’s music on Clinton Street all through the evening…
Forget cute cat videos, it’s all about cute penguins #penguins #BBC
On June 30, 1989, a group of Washington, D.C.-based curators, artists and activists gathered at the Corcoran Gallery of Art to protest the shuttering of the Mapplethorpe retrospective The Perfect Moment. The centerpiece of the demonstration was a projection onto the museum’s exterior wall, consisting of ten works included in the censored exhibition.
Today on Unframed we interviewed Bill Wooby, one of the organizers of that protest.
Pat Buchanan, the radio talk show host, invited someone from our group to be on his show to talk about censorship and Robert Mapplethorpe. I asked if he had seen any Mapplethorpe exhibits, and, if not, I didn’t want to talk with him. We never heard back from him.
This Saturday we will re-stage the protest at LACMA, projecting the same ten images on the walls of the Ahmanson Building. On the same evening we’re also presenting Outlawed! Queer Cinema Before the Culture Wars in the Bing Theater.
Images: Frank Herrera, photographs of The Perfect Moment protest, June 30, 1989, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. ©Frank Herrera
Why don’t I still live in LA? #mapplethorpe #lacma
1959 Italian 4-foglio for BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE (Richard Quine, USA, 1958)
Artist: Giorgio Olivetti
Poster source: Heritage Auctions
The Italian title translates as “A Witch in Paradise”
This was just on TCM last week! One of my favorite movies, completely undervalued. I’ve always wanted to name a cat #piewacket.