The stories of Tiphanie Yanique’s debut collection How To Escape From A Leper Colony hold no fear. Centered on life in the US Virgin Islands, they seem ready for the generic lexicon of lazy reviewers. BOMBlog’s intrepid Jack Palmer spoke with Yanique about the fallacy of that vocabulary and the lessons available in literature.
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Emma Rathbone’s debut novel, The Patterns of Paper Monsters, explores male teenage angst, conveying, not only, a palpable sense of frustration, anger, and apathy, but also the odd humor and stumbling insights, that can accompany the pain of maturation. Jack Palmer talks with the author about how she arrived at Juvie with a pissed-off protagonist, and, like, found his voice, and stuff. click through
Paul Killebrew’s debut collection of poems, Flowers, is excitingly fresh, mining a strong vein of modern American poetry with a deft touch. BOMBlog’s Jack Palmer talks to the poet about form, simplicity and the poetics of tax law.
A hike through the woods will never be the same after reading Maile Chapman’s debut novel Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto. While the Gothic novel has endured some trials and tribulations since its heyday over two hundred years ago, Chapman’s book adds a new twist to an oft-heard tale as the author slowly and intricately dissects the lives of the patients and staff of a remote Finnish hospital.
James Hynes is a brilliant and comedic writer, and Next is an extraordinarily powerful and emotional novel. BOMBlog’s Jack Palmer recently interviewed him about the origins of the book and the outsider status of a Michigander in Texas. Read on…
Maaza Mengiste‘s debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, is a stark account of the Communist revolution in 1970s Ethiopia. The book follows the fall of the Emperor, Haile Selassie, through to the rise of the Derg and the reign of terror imposed upon the people of Ethiopia. Mengiste‘s characters are remarkably vivid and she meticulously creates a book with great scope, but also real emotional connection.
James Lasdun’s latest collection of short stories It’s Beginning To Hurt contains 16 intricate tales, each one thought-provoking and rich with linguistic brilliance. The son of an architect, his stories are meticulously constructed. His protagonist’s emotional lives are examined closely, exposing their delusions and desires.
I met Sufjan Stevens in his publicist’s office adjacent to the Highline, a wonderfully successful example of urban planning. His latest work, The BQE, tackles a less popular industrial monument. The project continues Stevens’ characteristic ambition, consisting of a film, score, comic book, photo essay, stereoscopic Viewmaster reel and a short liner note essay. Over grapes and cashews we talked of his own experiences on the expressway and the lost halcyon days of unfettered capitalism.
A parade by Arto Lindsay, an acoustic set by Kalup Linzy, negotiate with Meg Stuart; all at Performa 09. See rarely shown work by Michel Auder about Morroco, atLight Industry (Oct. 21). WOSU Arts Blog has a video of Luc Tuyman‘s new show at the Wexner Arts Center. A podcast with Hanif Kureishi. The Village Voice onLydia Davis‘ new Collected Stories. Richard Tuttle‘s new exhibition at Carolina Nitsch, NYC opens Oct. 22. Jonathan Lethem reads at BookCourt in Brooklyn (Oct. 20), while Mary Jo Bang reads at USC (Oct. 29). The Pompidou is having a major exhibition of women artists, including Shirley Jaffe and Annette Messager.
The Rubin’s The Red Book Dialogues pairs a speaker, a psychoanalyst and a folio Jung’s Red Book; John Patrick Shanley (Oct. 23) and Marina Abramovic (Dec. 3) are examined. David Del Tredici‘s Magyar Madness will receive its NY premiere at Lincoln Center (Oct. 18). The widely praised An Education stars Alfred Molina. The Minister’s starring John Leguizamo and Harvey Keitel is released this Friday, Oct. 16. Robert Pinsky, Edward Hirsch and Carl Philips are reading at the Poetry Forum in New York this weekend. This year’s The Story Prize is judged by A.M. Homes. Check out images for Allen Sekula‘s new show at the University of Chicago. Ben van Berkel speaks at Archifest 09 in Singapore (Oct.20). Poets Carl Philips (all over the place these days!), Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, and authors Jayne Anne Phillips and Colum McCann are among the 2009 National Book Award Finalists announced today.
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