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The Resurrection Of Julian Schnabel

Profile and interview. Schnabel soared to fame as a painter in the early 1980s, peaked with a Whitney show in 1987, then tanked. “The press turned him into a caricature, the archetype of narcissistic artists everywhere”. Re-emerged as a film director: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. But, over time, his paintings have held up pretty well. “After all the grand public statements, all the burned bridges and the famous friends, all the awards and insults, all the thousands of gallons of paint—can we finally forgive Julian Schnabel for his sins?” (3,115 words)

Whose Line Is It, Anyway?

On fact-checking poetry at the New Yorker. Yes, fact-checkers do check everything, even in a poem, that might be construed as a fact. Poets can refuse a change, but rarely do. Magazine has never had to publish a correction to a poem

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