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2011 Stories by Nicholas Gerbis

Archives: 2011 | 2010
  • Beefcake Walk

    published August 25, 2011

    In the words of eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman, “Everybody wanna be a bodybuilder, but don’t nobody wanna lift no heavy-ass... More >>

  • Viva La Revelation

    published August 25, 2011

    Luis Barragan was arguably the most influential Mexican architect of the 20th century. His works engaged natural settings and pre-existing... More >>

  • Past Away

    published August 11, 2011

    What makes one item vintage and another a Goodwill candidate? Sorting through thrift store rubble, it’s hard to tell what ephemera will... More >>

  • Construction Sight

    published July 7, 2011

    Because we present works of art in neutral spaces, they sometimes seem to be, as land artist Robert Smithson put it, “going through a kind... More >>

  • Peanuts Gallery

    published June 30, 2011

    If you know Charles Schulz’s cartoon kids solely from greeting cards, holiday specials, and advertisements shilling Dolly Madison (the cakes,... More >>

  • Flights of Fantasy

    published June 23, 2011

    Golden Age superheroes represented more than just wish fulfillment. They were a beacon pointing the way to a brighter tomorrow -- a four-color... More >>

  • American Graffiti

    published June 16, 2011

    A buxom Native American woman in full headdress bats her enormous eyes at you from a tattoo. Brick walls reveal skeletons driving plum-colored... More >>

  • Comic Cons

    published June 16, 2011

    We enjoy laughing at the misfortunes of others so much that there’s even a word for it: Schadenfreude. It’s that concept... More >>

  • Destiny's Child

    published June 9, 2011

    Every actor knows that a review can make or break a career, regardless of how accurate the critics are. “True or false, that... More >>

  • Radiation Therapy

    published June 2, 2011

    Cancer and nukes: Both strike with little warning and kill indiscriminately. More significantly, both pervert natural processes to horrifying... More >>

  • Hi, Robot

    published May 26, 2011

    It’s not often that you encounter a gallery that lists “featured artists” next to “high scores” on its website, but... More >>

  • Fine Toons

    published May 26, 2011

    Animated films aren’t limited to childish portrayals of fairy tales and stories of living toys or a cute clownfish abducted from his ocean... More >>

  • Comic Phenomenon

    published May 19, 2011

    For science fiction author Philip K. Dick, exploring the collision of idios and koinos kosmos (private and shared reality) was inevitable.... More >>

  • Planetary Notions

    published May 12, 2011

    Whether we eat them, pet them or watch their antics on YouTube, we all love animals in our own way. Of course, the people who are bringing the... More >>

  • Class Menagerie

    published May 5, 2011

    Folks trot Schrödinger’s cat out of its metaphorical box so often we forget that its alive/dead paradox was meant to mock what it now... More >>

  • Class Menagerie

    published May 5, 2011

    Folks trot Schrödinger’s cat out of its metaphorical box so often we forget that its alive/dead paradox was meant to mock what it now... More >>

  • Signs of Life

    published May 5, 2011

    Some people argue that all of human cultural history boils down to communication and its signs -- not the signs we encounter daily on the... More >>

  • Signs of Life

    published May 5, 2011

    Some people argue that all of human cultural history boils down to communication and its signs -- not the signs we encounter daily on the... More >>

  • Pyramid Schemes

    published April 28, 2011

    Like Mark Antony with the real deal, actors grappling with Shakespeare’s Cleopatra usually find they have their hands full. If the... More >>

  • Snark Attack

    published April 21, 2011

    “If you aren’t cute, you may as well be clever,” author David Sedaris said in his bestselling essay collection, Me Talk... More >>

  • Mod Love

    published April 14, 2011

    If your home looks like the set of Mad Men (or you wish it did), then drop that double Old Fashioned and set your WABAC time machine for... More >>

  • Twin Terrors

    published April 14, 2011

    If you like scary fairy tales but wish they would end before the uplifting turn, then Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker might be your... More >>

  • Twin Terrors

    published April 14, 2011

    If you like scary fairy tales but wish they would end before the uplifting turn, then Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker might be your... More >>

  • Solar Flair

    published April 7, 2011

    For most of us, Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time is a coffee table book -- something we wanted to read (or wanted others... More >>

  • Eat, Prey, Shove

    published March 31, 2011

    Tie on your couture bib -- it’s time for the 33rd Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival, where the elite and effete meet to eat. Bring a... More >>

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