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.
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.
Join Polly Apfelbaum, Frank Stella and Petah Coyne this Saturday for a unique-and bizarre series of parties in Kansas City collectors’ homes for the Kemper Museum‘s 15th Anniversary. The Vitra Design Museum in Germany is currently hosting an exhibition of work by the Campana Brothers. Continuing the Teutonic theme, Atom Egoyan is to be honored “Master of Cinema” at the Mannheim film festival. Alma Guillermoprieto will speak on ‘How to Be Mexican’ (Oct.12) at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Madison Smart Bell is set to release his new novel Devil’s Dream on Nov. 2. The Boston Book Festival takes place on Oct. 24 and features Robert Pinsky amongst others. Wallace Shawn is in conversation at UCLA (Oct.14).
The 2009 “Genius Awards”, or MacArthur fellows, have just been announced and include Edwidge Danticat, Rackstraw Downes, Deborah Eisenberg and Heather McHugh. In other award news, Frank Stella has won the Julio González Prize. Find out what keeps Francine Prose up at night. Isabel Toledo and her husband Reuben are in (informal) conversation at FIT tomorrow. This weekend watch Martha Rosler‘s video art and visit artists’ studios at Greenpoint Open Studios. Stockard Channing and Jane Alexander star in David Hare’s ‘The Breath of Life‘ at Westport Country Playhouse (Sept. 29-Oct. 17). Experience one of Pauline Oliveros‘ “deep listening” concerts at the RISD Auditorium in Providence (Oct. 2), as part of FirstWorks. Walk on Christian Marclay at PS1. Gina Gershon is being sued.
Boredoms play two shows today; during the day with EL-P and many more at ATP New York, and in the evening at EMPAC with Deerhunter. On Saturday Michael Roth introduces the Kazan Centennial film series at Wesleyan University‘s Center for Film Studies. Then on Sunday Kimiko Hahn reads from her work at Bowery Poetry Club. The schedule for the BFI London Film Festival (Oct. 14- Oct. 29) was just announced and Sam Taylor-Wood‘s directorial debut about John Lennon, Nowhere Boy, is set to close the festival. Video artist Shirin Neshat also debuts with her controversial Women Without Men, and Atom Egoyan will show his latest. This years PRELUDE.09 (Sept. 30-Oct. 3) line-up has also been released and features Marina Abramovic and John Jesurun. In South Carolina, the Greenville Museum of Art‘s current exhibition is Jasper Johns: Just Thinking of a Series of Dreams. Fay Weldon may be controversial, but she is never boring, from BOMB in 1990 to elsewhere in 2009.
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