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I still had the Piedmontese capital in my mind; the monarchic city with its piazzas inhabited by scientists and kings, by politicians and by warriors motionless in tired and solemn poses on their pedestals of stone, I still had in mind all of the strange lyricism of its fateful geometric construction.
—Giorgio de Chirico

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Etel Adnan

Notes on Weaving | APS No. 24

Etel Adnan, born in Lebanon in the 1920s, writes a series of letters to her friend, Claire Paget, meditations on the practice of weaving taught in an American college. Her reflections describe America as a place without the heart of a culture more ancient, its imitational creative practices made meaningless by way of a culture too young to have roots, too naïve still to understand the influence of earth and time on the rise and fall of civilizations.

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Ernest Thompson

Fair Practices | APS No. 26

A 1955 testimony from union leader and civil rights pioneer Ernest Thompson on the lynching of Emmett Till, in which he speaks to the "reign of terror" brought upon African Americans in the '50s, America's foreseeable demise unless discrimination is addressed honestly and constructively, and the resolve of those persecuted.

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Eva Zeisel

Cell No. 4 | APS No. 14

Eva Zeisel was born in Budapest in 1906. In the throes of Anti-semitic sentiment in WWII, she was accused of plotting to murder Stalin. Her account of interrogation, Russian internment, and solitary confinement are jarring not only for their content, but for the charm and light-heartedness of her recollection.


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