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Forrest Soper’s Favorite Book from 2020

No New Theories by Kameelah Janan Rasheed.   Published by Printed Matter Inc..

I initially read No New Theories when cases of COVID-19 were first reported in New York City. In the ten months since then, I have returned to this book near incessantly. Each subsequent read has left me with a newfound understanding and deeper respect for this exceptional publication.

No New Theories functions as a rare glimpse into an archive that is actively growing. Images and text intertwine in a creative exploration of language deeply rooted in identity, history, race, and religion. Experimental poetry is presented alongside Xerox abstractions in this brilliant epistemological volume.

Kameelah Janan Rasheed created a book that rewards repeated engagement and reflection during a time when both are sorely needed.

Honorable Mentions:
The White Sky by Mimi Plumb 
The Hedonic Treadmill by Christian Michael Filardo 


Forrest Soper is an artist, photographer, archivist, curator, and critic currently based out of Rochester, New York.

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