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AB94: put up Normal
(March/April 2011)

Featured during this issue:

artistic Director: Pedro Inoue
Micah White on a possible way forward for activism
Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen at the hazards of bipolar medications
Manfred Max-Neef on barefoot economics
David Orrell questions the mythology at the back of neoclassical economics
We ask “What is normal?”

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I didn’t think, Those are great souls, but I did think, Those are some great personalities for our age. Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein — they did things, but they were things. I know that personality is just an invention of the news media. I know that character exists from the outside alone. I know that inside the body there’s just temperature. So how do you build your soul? At a certain point, I know, you have to forget about your soul and just do the work you’re required to do. To go on and on about your soul is to miss the whole point of life.

A halo of light emanates from a street lamp across the road; a fuzzy, translucent white crystal against the dark sky, sort of like descriptions of the artist Robert Irwin’s luminescent disks, which people once went rapturous about, calling them moon-silver, incandescent, ethereal, dropped from heaven. SHEILA How can these artists we read about — who have been married five or six times — how can they have enough time for all that life, and also make art? MARGAUX And have a heroin addiction? SHEILA Either there’s something I’m not understanding or that was another point in history.

The city’s most visible social problem, its homeless population (counted in 2009 at around 6,514 people, nearly 1 percent of the total population), testifies to this colossal civic failure. The recent financial collapse only modestly lowered housing prices, while increasing unemployment and further devastating the city’s capacity to help its needy. It doesn’t help that the current mayor, Gavin Newsom, an impossibly handsome man with greased-back hair who represents the city’s wealthier small businesses, has fought against more affordable housing initiatives than any mayor in the city’s history.

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