The Ache of the Real: Streets, Cyberspace and Alternative Vision

PDF download available here: Ache of the Real*

Mariette Papic is a writer and photographer based in New York City. As a writer on the topic of graffiti, she has interviewed Swoon, Elph, Leon Reid IV and photographed many others. She is the author of Electric Bathtub Psalms and an upcoming collection of poetry-prose, Letters for Flying. She is an avid dreamer and observer of the developing technologically enabled thought-body.

Mariette Papic (Photo credit: Andy Lin, Self-Portrait Project)

Her videos are available at:
Free Audio versions of her poems are available at:

*This essay was first published in PANTHEON: A history of art from the streets of NYC. If you would like to learn more about the book and see more articles from it, please visit The first limited edition is sold out, but it will be published on a large scale soon. You may also get information about purchasing the companion poster “The Feral Diagram: Graffiti and Street Art” at

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