By Karen Chernick
SEPT 2023 | Art Books
Now, with the release of Francesca Woodman: The Artists Books, even the most informed Woodman fans are discovering that theres still more they didnt know about her. Of the eight artists books gathered in this volume, only one has ever been previously published and two were rediscovered recently (in the archives of The Woodman Family Foundation, which also include the many notebooks Woodman kept for to-do lists, ideas, and sketches).
SEPT 2023 | Fiction
Cortezs short story, The Year of the Self, centers on a protagonist struggling to recover from a breakup. Its a familiar premise, but in this case, executed with a fresh vision and voice, as the story resists being driven by causality. Instead, its told in impressionistic fragments. We watch the narrator push through the mundanity of everyday life while trying to find ways to shirk the weight of her grief. As the story progresses, the narrator ascribes a kind of existential profundity to the most everyday misfortuneswhether she's stepping in dog shit or getting a yeast infection. The result is a story more wry and sparkling than melancholy.