Robert M Rubin’s Comprehensive Monograph, “Richard Prince: Cowboy”

Featuring photography, painted works, ephemera and erotica, a survey of the artist's interest in the American West

Across 480 pages, Robert M Rubin’s sprawling survey, Richard Prince: Cowboy, centers on the photographer’s exploration of the American cowboy archetype as it is characterized in film and advertising. Prince began his career in the latter, at Time Inc, where he was tasked with clipping text and imagery from magazines. This process of cutting and pasting informed his most immediate artistic endeavors after departing the industry: …

Spotlighting the Women Credited with Inventing Popular Music

NPR’s “Turning the Tables” series works to flip the script of various industries’ histories. One edition celebrates the women that invented the genre of American popular music: Bessie, Maybelle, Billie, Marian, Ella, Mary Lou, Celia and Rosetta. “The goal is to free the music of women and others who don’t fit the dominant straight-white-male paradigm from special categories, and put it at the center, where …

The Last Blockbuster Video Store in America

From 9,000 stores in 2004 to just one last hold-out today, Blockbuster has suffered under the hands of digital rentals and modern consumer habits. Located in the central Oregon city of Bend, Sandi Harding’s Blockbuster isn’t just there for pictures—she’s actually renting out films. She insists that not so much has changed, saying “IBM computers are running the same floppy disks from the 1990s,” according …