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VHCLE ISSUE 18

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The Ideal and the Ordinary

The Human Body in Art

By Tim Sunderman


The primary role of art is to hold a mirror to our humanity. It is the externalization of our internal reflection. And visually, there is no more direct symbol of being human than the body itself. For some, the body and self-identity are inseparable. We see a photo of ourselves and say, “Yeah, that’s me.” That’s how intrinsically our psyche is entwined with visual representations.


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FM Radio: Where the ‘Oldies’ are No Longer Golden

By Marc Ingber


Like a lot of kids who grew up in the suburbs, I spent a large amount of time in my pre-adolescent years riding around in the backseat of my parents’ car, listening to FM radio. My parents had little interest in the contemporary pop music of this time period – a mix of artists like Debbie Gibson, Milli Vanilli and “hair bands” – so 99 percent of the time our radio was tuned to the Twin Cities’ local “golden oldies” station, 107.9 KQQL, aka KOOL 108.


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Wolf in White Van

Reviewed by Jamie Thunder


Culture and fandom can do strange things to people – something that John Darnielle probably knows better than most. As the man behind The Mountain Goats he’s no stranger to obsession, whether his own or that of his own fans’ devotion, hunting down crackling early live tapes as though they have restorative properties.


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Lionel Shriver’s Unlikely Heroines

By Emma Davies


We Need to Talk About Kevin’s Eva Khatchadourian is not an entirely likeable woman. Having been ambivalent in the extreme about the idea of motherhood from the very beginning, she is cold to her son, never willing to give him any benefit of the doubt. Nor is Double Fault’s Willy Novinsky an easy woman to warm to – unable to view her husband as anything other than smug competition, even as he seeks to support her...


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Hot Feminist 

Reviewed by Amelia Forsbrook


Now I’ve finally finished my copy of Polly Vernon’s Hot Feminist, I can boast a strong understanding of the story of modern Western Feminism – warts and surgical lack thereof. I know that women can be sexy go-getters, without acting in opposition to the sisterhood. They can wear seductive clothing, and make a ritual out of their hair removal techniques...


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The Circle

Reviewed by Jamie Thunder


If you brought a man from twenty years ago to the present day he would be astonished at how connected we are. The shift in human communication from face-to-face or at least with some trace of the interlocutor – a signature, a voice – to significantly online has been the greatest phenomenon of the 21st century.

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ZARIA FORMAN

Greenland,

The Maldives, Israel

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Art/Painting

MATTHEW SWARTS

Beth & The Alternatives

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JENNIFER HOYDEN

The Fashion Donkey

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Design/Illustration

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