Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Six books that engage with other art forms

Amina Cain is the author most recently of the short story collection Creature, and a novel, Indelicacy, which will be published this year. Her writing has appeared in Granta, n+1, The Paris Review Daily, BOMB, Full Stop, Vice, the Believer Logger, and other places.

She has also co-curated literary events, such as When Does It or You Begin?, a month long festival of writing, performance, and video at Links Hall in Chicago, Both Sides and The Center, a summer festival of readings and performances enacting various levels of proximity, intimacy, and distance at the MAK Center/Schindler House in West Hollywood, and the Errata Salon, a talk/lecture series at Betalevel in Los Angeles’ Chinatown.

At The Week magazine, Cain tagged six books that engage with other art forms, including:
Being Here Is Everything by Marie Darrieus­secq, translated by Penny Hueston (2017).

The life of German expressionist painter Paula ­Modersohn-­Becker is the subject of this deeply absorbing book. While reading, I was aware of one artist meeting another, as Darrie­ussecq is no ordinary biographer, but a kindred spirit to Modersohn-Becker.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue