A profound experience of the absence of profundity

The protagonist in Ben Lerner’s first novel: Leaving the Atocha Station (2011), starts every morning with a visit to the Prado in Madrid: I arrived one morning at the Van der Weyden to find someone had taken my place. He was standing exactly where I normally stood and for a moment I was startled, as if…

art and “experience”

new ideas for my personal aesthetics – as always; snitched … “Insofar as I was interested in the arts I was interested in the disconnect between my experience of actual artworks and the claims made on their behalf,” Ben Lerner: Leaving the Atocha Station (2011) Descent from the Cross – Detail Mary Magdalene In Leaving the Atocha Station, the…