A Closer Look

In A Closer Look, a writer annotates a piece of art or an archival object.


A Closer Look

Candy Darling’s “Newspaper” Centerfold

Encountering the infamous collage of a downtown legend
Lucy Sante
March 18, 2024

Langston Hughes's "China"

Why the previously unpublished poem is a revelation
Selina Lai-Henderson
February 1, 2024

Ed Ruscha's "Every Building on the Sunset Strip"

Why the artists' book is a reminder of freedom
Jim Lewis
December 18, 2023

William Blake’s "Laocoön"

Why the poet's engraving reads like a protest poster
Anahid Nersessian
November 15, 2023

The First Cover of Ms. Magazine

Why the feminist magazine's inaugural issue remains its strongest
Maggie Doherty
September 27, 2023