Alibi V.20 No.3 • Jan 20-26, 2011 
Frederico Vigil and his NHCC fresco

Culture Shock

First They Came for the N-Word

A new version of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn takes out more than 200 instances of the n-word and replaces them with “slave.”

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Frederico Vigil and his NHCC fresco
Kim Jew Photography

Art News

Miracle Wall

Waxing philosophic on Frederico Vigil’s new fresco, Kanye West and impermanence

It’s odd that we invest in stuff. Every thing we buy gets frozen in its moment, in our past, and achieves obsolescence as fast as it takes to get to the next version. Art does the same thing. And maybe that’s why we’ve become so comfortable with conceptual art, because it can feel timeless.

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Book Review

Loud, Fast and Iowa Blows

Corn-belt misfits come of age

The House of Tomorrow

It should be no surprise that the two isolated, hormone-addled Iowa adolescents in The House of Tomorrow—by first-time novelist Peter Bognanni—love their punk music, though they find it in different ways.

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Deep in the Ju Ju, Chasing the Train

Manuel Valera Trio

Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Manuel Valera performs jazz.
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Banjo Jazz? Sure, Why Not.

Jayme Stone's Folklife

Two-time Juno award-winning banjoist and composer, Jayme Stone performs folk, jazz and chamber music while both defying and honoring the banjo's role in the world's music.
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