Ali Smith: Autumn
Ali Smith: Winter
Jesmyn Ward: Sing, Unburied, Sing
Angela Palm: Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere But Here
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich: The Fact of a Body
According to Goodreads I read 76 books in 2017, it sounds a lot, but several of these were poetry collections and art books – books with more images than text.
.(I have written a bit about some of the books I read on Goodreads, but none of my reading is covered by proper reviews – being a professional critic I restrict this line of writing for payed & published art-reviews).
.Sometimes I worry my ability to concentrated is reduced as a consequence of online reading and – I have to admit – net surfing. My goal for the next year is therefore to spend more time reading in physical books, reading text on paper.
A few books already on my 2018 list:
Jon McGregor: Reservoir 13
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo
Durga Chew-Bose: Too Much and Not the Mood
Camille Bordas: How to Behave in a Crowd
Image: Tom Hunter – Woman Reading a Possession Order (1998)
Photograph: V&A Images/Tom Hunter
In 1998, the London-based artist Tom Hunter was awarded the John Kobal Photographic Portrait Prize for Woman Reading a Possession Order, an image of a young woman standing at a window reading an eviction notice with a baby at her side. This work, part his Persons Unknown series, directly references Vermeer’s A Girl Reading at the Open Window, using both its composition, color and play of light to produce an image that, as with Vermeer’s representations of the Dutch working class, ennobles his subjects.
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