Saturday, 28 July 2018
BOOK OF THE WEEK:
Is love possible in a world in the throes of political and environmental crises? The protagonist of Crudo very much resembles the book's author, Olivia Laing (with some notable intrusions from Kathy Acker), whose 2017 summer and marriage is related in this enjoyable roman-à-clef in ‘real time’ (whatever that means).
>> Read Thomas's review.
>> Read an extract from the novel.
>> How to write a novel in seven weeks.
>> Which books inspired Crudo?
>> What should we make of Laing's obsession with Kathy Acker?
>> The official Crudo playlist.
>> Why is there a fly on the covers of both the UK (Picador) and US (W.W. Norton) editions of Crudo? What has Laing to say about the UK cover?
>> Other excellent books by Olivia Laing (click through to learn more):
The Lonely City: Adventures in the art of being alone
When Laing moved to New York in her mid-thirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Increasingly fascinated by this most shameful of experiences, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art.
The Trip to Echo Spring: On writers and drinking
What is the link between alcohol and creativity? Is there a link?
To the River: A journey beneath the surface
Over sixty years after Virginia Woolf drowned in the River Ouse, Olivia Laing set out one midsummer morning to walk its banks, from source to sea. Along the way, she explores the roles that rivers play in human lives, tracing their intricate flow through literature, mythology and folklore.