The Collision of Self-Importance and Despair

In the United States today, as in 1990s Russia, for a lot of intellectuals, total nihilism seems more plausible than hope for even modest reform.

If you want to sift for clues as to what the cultural fallout of the United States’ current meltdown might look like, you could do worse than to look to Russia in the 1990s — the other Cold War superpower that self-destructed. In art, the movement that characterizes that time is Moscow Actionism. You may already […]

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