Stuart Roy Clarke
This book of mine, all mine, my cake, my adornments, my festival, is less about headline acts and more about the delight of being at the most anti-war, life-affirming thing I have experienced.
Having shot Glastonbury Festival since the mid-80's, photographer Stuart Roy Clarke gives us his personal view of the famed UK performing arts event. Panoramic, yet intimate, his images present the full Glastonbury experience: the music and art, the immense landscape and its vibrant, pulsing community; the smiles and hugs and muddy boots, the dancing, and always the passionate faces of people bathed in the warm light of music and art.
Will Mountain Cox
I can sometimes find experiments with the form of the novel a bit tiresome—I’m an Edwardian at heart—but Cox’s novel bucked that trend for me.
A group of friends and lovers in Paris weather the polycrisis of contemporary life together and explore cycles of connecting, belonging, departing, and inevitable change in Will Mountain Cox's debut novel.
In the spring, the Seine promptly flooded its promenades with water. Yellow was the water, and murky too. It matched the spring sky of election season and some of us spoke in documentary voices. One evening we crossed the river on our way to an election party. From the bridge we looked down in. There were no answers in the river. It was just pretty in its drawn-out, yellow-tough question. At the party, Brassens was playing. His music was starting to mean something new. The party had no television, but it had a view onto a tall new-build building with rows and rows of windows. We listened to the election on the radio, pausing Brassens to listen, some of us watching the living rooms of the building we could see into. There were dozens of living rooms, each with their own television making colors. When the results burst in we watched the living rooms begin churning. Hands were thrown toward the sky, toward God we guessed. And remote controls were thrown screenward, useless. The apartments with nice decorations looked angry. So too the apartments with no decor at all.
Stuart Roy Clarke
In his new book, The Game, acclaimed soccer photographer Stuart Roy Clarke and writer John Williams chronicle the fabric of the world's game over the past three decades in Great Britain. Through Clarke's lens, the players, the venues, the fans, the big cities and the villages come to life, and Williams's words allow the reader to get lost in the magical, sometimes mythical, world of British soccer.
British documentary photographer and social commentator Stuart Roy Clarke has been covering the game of soccer for more than thirty years, focusing his keen eye not just on the players but also the fans, stadiums, cities, and pubs; people and places that reveal the cultural and historical significance of soccer in the UK and beyond, telling intimate stories that we often miss as American fans following the top international clubs from a distance. In 2017-18, Clarke got together with John Williams, a sociologist at the University of Leicester who writes about soccer and its fans, to try to tell the story of the game they love. Their lively conversations, along with a feast of Clarke’s exhilarating photos, form The Game, a beautiful book that gets to the bottom and the top of what makes the beautiful game so enduring. First published in the UK in 2018 by Liverpool-based Bluecoat Press, Clarke and Williams have updated The Game with additional photos and conversation for a North American release of one-thousand copies by Relegation Books.See all reviews
Will Mountain Cox
Talking with Artists of This Generation
Dead Hemingway. Dead Baker. Dead Joyce and Dead Fitzgerald. Dead Stein. Dead Picasso. Dead Barnes and Dead Truffaut. Piaf Dead and Breton Dead. Gainsbourg Dead and Monet Dead. Bernhardt Dead and Satie Dead. Baldwin Dead and Foucault Dead too.
The Parisian artists of our dreams have been dead a long time. It is now our chance to live in the moment. The romantic fantasy of mythic Paris is always close at hand, but what is it really like to be a resident artist today? Does hyper-connectivity help or hinder creativity? Are cities still necessary? Are artists? Will Mountain Cox, who has made a career out of identifying and championing young, fresh talent, and who himself arrived in Paris as a newcomer in search of inspiration, pursues the elusive answers in this searching collection of conversations with the most intriguing emergent minds of our urgent time. Interviews with twenty-two vibrant new voices, accompanied by extensive photographs, give a candid and insightful look at making it (or moving on) in Paris today, sparking essential social dialogue about new art, how we make it, for whom we make it, and above all, why now.
Featuring: Romy Alizée - Luis Miguel Andrade - Oscar d’Artois - Bagarre - Yotam Ben-David - Bianca Bondi - Gaëlle Choisne - Amélie Derlon Cordina - Julien Creuzet - John Denison - Wendy Huynh - Merryn Jean - Nina Leger - Léa Mysius - Adam Naas - Lucy K Shaw - Billie Tomassin - Alcidia Vulbeau
Translations by Christopher Seder
-Boston: Brookline Booksmith
Daniel Paisner paints the corners with a story that reimagines the life and death of one of baseball’s forgotten legends and pushes us to consider what it means to leave a mark.
“I would never witness anything interesting. I would never write anything beyond memos and flap copy and travel itineraries. I would simply love my wife and my daughters and hold them close and continue to take in meaningless midweek doubleheaders and mismanage the selling strategies of our midlist titles and ride along whatever middling currents I could manage until I washed up on some predictable shore.”
It’s the late Nineties on the Upper West Side and book publicist David Felb (née Felber, née Felberstein) can sense his world shrinking. He is stuck in the slow lane at “a venerable second-tier publishing house” and feeling the encroaching changes technology will bring as he struggles to maintain a bond with his wife and three young daughters. Into the void steps Fred “Sure Shot” Dunlap, a tweed-clad, waxed-mustached nineteenth-century baseball legend with still impeccable timing who died penniless and obscure and seems to need something from Felb. Or is it the other way around? Felb dutifully goes to weekly psychiatrist appointments at his wife’s insistence, but when his hard-to-reach baseball-mad teenage daughter develops her own fascination, he can feel a chance to recapture something lost.
Daniel Paisner’s enchanting new novel about neurosis, intimacy, and balancing familial needs while juggling two careers and the demands of modern life is also a charming and memorable parable about losing your mind and finding yourself in the age of anxiety.See all reviews
This is a fearless novel, one that expands the heart. In mapping constellations of yearning and heartbreak as two families come together and fall apart, Sonya Chung not only delivers a sensual, finely wrought page-turner; she executes a radical act of compassion. The Loved Ones is a must-read.
“We succeed only, ever, at sorrow and love.”
In this masterful novel of inheritance and loss, Sonya Chung (Long for This World) proves herself a worthy heir to Marguerite Duras, Hwang Sun-won, and James Salter. Spanning generations and divergent cultures, The Loved Ones maps the intimate politics of unlikely attractions, illicit love, and costly reconciliations. Charles Lee, the young African American patriarch of a biracial family, seeks to remedy his fatherless childhood in Washington, DC, by making an honorable choice when his chance arrives. Years later in the mid-1980s, uneasy and stymied in his marriage to Alice, he finds a connection with Hannah Lee, the teenage Korean American caregiver whose parents’ transgressive flight from tradition and war has left them shrouded in a cloud of secrets and muted passion. A shocking and senseless death will test every familial bond and force all who are touched by the tragedy to reexamine who their loved ones truly are–the very meaning of the words. Haunting, elliptical, and powerful, The Loved Ones deconstructs the world we think we know and shows us the one we inhabit.See all reviews