‘If I tell you a book is an encyclopedic and fast-paced tour of the interrelationship of making art and being in pain, need I say more?’
‘This is the perennial anxiety – that at any moment, day or night, you might be snatched and shackled and tried and sent back.’
‘It was my child’s outlook to think most things were right. And yet if life’s eternal drama is of events seeking a more perfect state, their life and mine was not that.’
‘The shelves say something about the person who has stocked them; they say much.’
Novelist, zinester, dancer, go-go-boy, punk, filmmaker, actor, performer, Brontez Purnell is everything.
‘We don’t often talk seriously or in depth about our childhood these days, but we know we could, and we know what good it did us.’
Take a paws from your busy day for this week’s Discoveries – guest edited by Granta’s very own Typo the cat.
Marcel Proust’s letters to his neighbour, translated from the French by Lydia Davis.
Chris Kraus discusses her new biography, After Kathy Acker, which looks at the life and work of the artist twenty years after her death.
Political resistance, poetry, self-revelation all spring from that provocative, impish drive to burst free from external constraints.
‘The death of travel – and of the travel book – has been predicted for almost a century.’
Erika Krouse on her work as a private investigator. ‘An escort service was providing prostitutes for football recruits, directly solicited by the university.’
‘My Cairo is an inverted city, one that wears its innards above the skin.’
Carys Davies on how the settlement of the American West can help us understand Donald Trump’s nativism.
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