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The Powell's Playlist | June 18, 2014 1 comment
Like many writers, I'm constantly haunting coffee shops with a laptop out and my headphones on. I listen to a lot of music while I write, and songs... Continue »
Siri HustvedtDescribe your latest project.
My most recent book is Mysteries of the Rectangle, published by Princeton Architectural Press. It is a collection of nine essays on painting I wrote over the course of a decade about pictures and artists I love. The book begins with a meditation on The Tempest by Giorgione, an artist who died early in the sixteenth century, and ends with thoughts on the work of the contemporary artist Gerhard Richter. What distinguishes these pieces from much writing about art is that they are personal, not impersonal, and they investigate the significance of paintings, not as historical artifacts, cultural fetishes, or examples of so called "high art," but as compelling and mysterious images that tell us something about what it means to be human.
What fictional character would you like to date, and why?
Introduce one other author you think people should read, and suggest a good place to start.
How did the last good book you read end up in your hands and why did you read it?
Why do you write?
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
Smoke lowering down from chimney-pots, making a soft black drizzle, with flakes of soot in it as big as full-grown snowflakes gone into mourning, one might imagine, for the death of the sun. Dogs, indistinguishable in mire. Horses scarcely better: splashed to their very blinkers. Foot passengers, jostling one another's umbrellas, in a general infection of ill-temper, and losing their foot-hold at street corners, where tens of thousands of other foot passengers have been slipping and sliding since the day broke (if this day ever broke), adding new deposits to the crust of mud, sticking at those points tenaciously to the pavement, and accumulating at compound interest.Charles Dickens, from the first page of Bleak House
Share an interesting experience you've had with one of your readers.
Aside from other writers, name some artists from whom you draw inspiration and talk a little about their work.