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At the Still Point of the Turning World: Chris Ware’s Building Stories and the Search for Structure in the Contemporary City

More than simply an exercise in narrative innovation, Building Stories is a project obsessed with the lived experience of time. Continue reading

 
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Beautifully Failing, Anew

How does this concentrated exploration of failure shape our understanding of these artists’ accomplishments, as well as their relationship to their own work? Continue reading

 
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Loss as Life in Building Stories

Loss means a lot of things in Building Stories, and, in keeping with the text’s complexity, loss is something that Ware’s characters dread, fight against, and fear, yet also something that they occasionally desire. Continue reading

 
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“I Hoped That the Book Would Just Be Fun”: A Brief Interview with Chris Ware

The creator of Building Stories talks to us about boxes, architecture, parents, and iPhones. Continue reading

 
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Building Stories: Stories about Art and Buildings, and Growing Up

As I unboxed Building Stories, sitting on the floor and slowly spreading out its wondrous contents, my first thought was of Marcel Duchamp’s Box in a Valise, his “portable museum”. Continue reading

 
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Marvel’s Bottom Line

In this excerpt from Sean Howe’s Marvel Comics: The Untold Story we’re brought into Marvel in 1992, buzzing with marketing changes, sales figures and the just-departed Image artists.
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The God of Small Things

In Building Stories, the game and the book-as-object are the frameworks through which a multilayered, intricate web of stories and relationships emerge. Continue reading

 
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The New York Art Book Fair 2012 At PS1

A visit to the NY Art Book Fair complete with people watching, nostalgia and horse meat. Continue reading