By Henry Hicks IV
JUNE 2023 | Books
Brandon Taylor has a lot to say about truth. The characters in his new novel, The Late Americans, descend on Iowa City, home of the fabled University of Iowa Writers Workshop MFA programan intentional setting for Taylors exploration of voyeurism, communication, and, yes, truth, in todays America. In its opening, Taylor tosses the reader into a live workshop debate on the merits of poems that center traumaits buried question being, Whose voice is an authority? Whose experiences spur truthyours or mine?
By Francis M. Naumann
APRIL 2022 | Books
For those interested in the private life of Marcel Duchamp, Ruth Brandons Spellbound by Marcel: Duchamp, Love and Art, might come as a welcomed contribution to the extant literature on the artist. Although we already knew something about this subjectthanks, in part, to the definitive biography on the artist by Calvin Tomkins (from which this book draws heavily)this is the first time an author has carefully read the unpublished diaries of Duchamps two closest friends during his early years in New York.