THE UNEXPECTED UNION  —  Issue 98    March 12 2023   —  OF UNEXPECTED THINGS 

Doing the Time ⏰

This week, Molly Butterfoss's newest entry into the What is the Best series tackles transgressions against the law. 

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What is the Best Crime?

We all love crime—there are near-endless shows, books, movies, and music about the allure of the illegal. But Molly Butterfoss is here to settle it: what's the best crime of them all?


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⛓ Slackables ⛓

Chicago’s Come Home Initiative is a design competition that aims to reverse decades of disinvestment and depopulation in Chicago’s South and West Sides  ≻  Applications for the artist-in-residence opportunity at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative are due April 1  ≻  Go see a beautiful exhibition of W.E.B. Du Bois’ linework and vision in person at Cooper Hewitt thru May  ≻  If you can’t make it to NYC, grab Visualizing Black America in our shop  ≻  A standout list of new art books to put on your radar  ≻  The story of sweet 83-year old Delia and the sweaters she made for “The Banshees of Inisherin”  ≻  Charles Dickens’ notes and how they informed his writing process  ≻  The stimulation theory of color drives this generator for achieving color moods  ≻  Felt might be a good product for collaborating on maps  ≻  Detail might be a good product for recording and editing video content  ≻  BrXnd Conference NYC just released the lineup for their inaugural event on the role of AI in marketing  ≻  You couldn’t pay me to move to these 9 US cities that would literally pay me  ≻  The careful coalescence of focus and flow, and a reminder that the game is long  ≻  This Spring’s most exciting museum shows.

💕 Song of the Day of the Week 💕

Kelly McHugh brings us a forlorn song on love, fear, and longing.

Slow Show
by The National

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“It was electrifying to witness someone treating life like a Supermarket Sweep (but at Erewhon).” 
— Molly Butterfoss, What is the Best Crime?
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