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1920: General Confusion

Stanislaw Witkiewicz: General Confusion (1920)

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1969: The Door Said

The door refused to open. It said, “Five cents, please.” He searched his pockets. No more coins; nothing. “I’ll pay you tomorrow,” he told the door. Again he tried the knob. Again it remained locked tight “What I pay you,” … Continue reading

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1991: Time’s Arrow

In Martin Amis’s 1991 novel, Time’s Arrow, time flows backwards. It’s not simply that the events are narrated in reverse order; rather, it’s as if the characters were in a film being show in reverse. Here’s how eating works, for … Continue reading

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1973: First Strike in Space

On December 28, 1973, the crew of Skylab 4 went on strike, shutting off radio communications with NASA ground control to protest their grueling working conditions. The three astronauts—Gerald Carr, William Pogue, and Edward Gibson—left Earth on November 16, 1973, … Continue reading

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1963: Pastoral

Richard Mayhew: Pastoral (c. 1963)

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1975: Fred Hampton’s Door

Dana C. Chandler: Fred Hampton’s Door 2 (1975) Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton was drugged and murdered by the Chicago Police in 1969.  Dana Chandler first memorialized the event in 1970 with a small trompe I’oeil painting of a … Continue reading

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1773: An Extraordinary Animal

In his Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, James Boswell famously recounts his travels with Samuel Johnson in the highlands and western islands of Scotland. The year was 1773; Johnson was in his mid-sixties. In an 1885 edition of … Continue reading

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