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Carissa Rodriguez, I’m normal. I have a garden. I’m a person, 2015, dye sublimation print on aluminum, 45 1⁄4 × 35".

The Glen Park Library: A Fairy Tale of Disruption, by Pamela M. Lee. New York and San Francisco: No Place Press, 2019. 112 pages.

IN OUR NEOLIBERAL GILDED AGE, it has become commonplace, even banal, for tech barons and venture capitalists to style themselves “disruptors” and “revolutionaries.” Both designations trade on heroic machismo to repackage corporate greed as the glorious stuff of myth. Flash points and pivots are sexy, after all, and even better when inflated with historic consequence. But culture, too, succumbs to the seductive cast of epoch-making violence; “disruption” is also the modus operandi of the avant-garde.

It’s thus no surprise that the term would have kindled the perverse fascination of an art historian then working in Silicon Valley. Pamela M. Lee’s The Glen Park Library, an extended essay published as a charmingly embossed leatherette-bound book, spins a

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