Bombay Beach was once a vibrant resort town on the Salton Sea until agricultural pollution, drought, and toxic air led to its demise. Today, an art movement and emerging community hope to bring it back. In this Noema essay, writer Johanna Hoffman and photographer Tao Ruspoli show how a town in ruins is experiencing a […]
The Ambiguous Loss of (Probably) Not Selling My Novel
In a period of trying to sell her novel, Danielle Lazarin reflects on art, waiting, and the space between grief and hope.
Did Paying a Ransom for a Stolen Magritte Painting Inadvertently Fund Terrorism?
“Modern art crime, like the arms trade, still thrives in the shadow of global conflict, which gives rise to criminal networks that make from the detritus of war immensely profitable commodities.”
Making Art Awash in Grief
“In art and grief there are days you’re not proud of, days the emotions turn ugly, days the images don’t turn out the way you want. But that’s the human in us, and it belongs in the process. “
The Beautiful Incompleteness of Dusk
“Darkness obscures and sunlight reveals, but dusk—that liminal moment in between—murmurs suggestions.”
Where ‘Strangers Whisper Secrets in Your Ear’
“Is there anyone who doesn’t sometimes imagine an audience for even the most unremarkable moments of her life?”
Molly and the Unicorn
Emily Flake reflects on the shifting nature of magic and power in middle age.
Performance Art: On Sharing Culture
With physical distancing the order of the day as COVID-19 spreads, cultural locales — sites for communal experiences, like museums and theaters — are emptying out. What are we sharing if we’re not sharing these spaces? And were we really sharing them to begin with?
Telling Stories In Order to Live: On Writing and Money
Sarah Menkedick examines the perils inherent in trying to earn a living as a full-time writer.
The God Phone
What happens when ordinary people play God to strangers? Leora Smith explores the history of one of the oldest art installations at Burning Man and the conversations that unfold there.