“Fever Dreams at the Crystal Motel” is the name of Laurel Nakadate’s new show, opening this Thursday at Leslie Tonkonow in New York City. Nakadate’s work hurls us into discomfort and the awkwardness of lust—read about it in The Rumpus interview with Nakadate. “I’m not turned on by danger,” says Nakadate, “I’m turned on by the narrow escape.”

Jesse Nathan is an editor at McSweeney’s and the managing editor of the Best American Nonrequired Reading. His poetry and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in jubilat, the American Poetry Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Nation. He was born in Berkeley, grew up in Kansas, and lives now in San Francisco. More from this author →