Need another excuse to treat yourself to new book this week? And you’ve kind of got the gist. In To the River she follows the River Ouse from its source to the sea, writing beautifully about the landscape and using it as a prompt for digressions personal and historical, as well as for meditations on Virginia Woolf’s drowning. The … Olivia Laing radically rewires the novel in a brilliant, funny and emphatically raw account of love in the apocalypse. Removing this book will also remove your associated ratings, reviews, and reading sessions. The story in Laing’s novel is fairly minimal: Kathy, who has been wild in her youth, is in her 40s now, and perhaps it’s time for some stability – she’s going to get married to a man much older than herself. In Crudo her triumph, rather, is rendering on the page the texture of a very contemporary sensibility. She writes for the Guardian, the New York Times, and Frieze, among many other publications.Her books include Crudo, The Trip to Echo Spring, and The Lonely City which was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and translated into fifteen languages. In The Trip to Echo Spring she draws together six male American writers who were alcoholics, and in The Lonely City she searches in New York for the meaning of loneliness through the lives of artists – Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Henry Darger, David Wojnarowicz. It's Olivia Laing's fiction debut and is very much a self-assured interrogation of the times we live in. Crudo by Olivia Laing review – mingling the personal and political. However, Kathy Acker died in 1997 and this Kathy is definitely living in the northern hemisphere summer of 2017 … At the end of The Lonely City’s exploration of urban anomie Laing is hopeful, too, and her last word on loneliness is that it’s the result of “stigma and exclusion”, not an existential condition: “What matters is solidarity.” Hopefulness and kindness are her authentic writing self, better than any parade of disabusedness. He’s English, he knows things and understands things, he relays to her the funny conversations he overhears while they’re on holiday, talks to himself “in a low confiding tone, offering exhortation and encouragement” while he’s cooking. Imagine Maggie Nelson wrote a novella about the summer of 2017 and discussed Trump, Brexit, Korea, gender, identity, sexuality, icebergs, mass wildlife decimation and all through a women just about to marry for the third time. A recipient of the 2018 Windham-Campbell Prize for nonfiction, she lives in London. It was a book of the year in the Evening Standard, Independent and Financial Times and was shortlisted for the 2012 Ondaatje Prize and the Dolman Travel Book of the Year. Crudo by Olivia Laing. Olivia Laing radically rewires the novel in a brilliant, funny and emphatically raw account of love in the apocalypse. Olivia Laing’s “Crudo” Is Made from the Raw Material of the Present A first novel sits at the messy intersection of political turbulence and personal transformation. Like can’t you just figure out what you need and get it? A Goodbye to Berlin for the 21st century, Crudo charts in real time what it was like to live and love in the horrifying summer of 2017, from the perspective of a commitment-phobic artist who may or may not be Kathy … I have subsequently re read the book. The … She’s excited about embarking on a new life, but also dismayed by what she might be giving up – solitude and selfishness, adventures. This is a sweeter, kinder book, perhaps, than it quite wants to be. 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