5 Questions with Thomas Crow, Author of The Artist in the Counterculture: Bruce Conner to Mike Kelley and Other Tales from the Edge
Thomas Crow is the Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. His many books include The Long March of Pop: Art, Music, and Design, 1930–1995 and The Hidden Mod in Modern Art: London, 1957–1969....
This winter visit to my natal state. The green that springs up after rain in the California hills, smell of wet oak leaves. Watching a newt cross the path outside Petaluma — bright flame of its underfoot.
My bookstore would need to consist of three locations: East Harlem preferably near 111th; Rio Vermelho, Bahia; and lastly, an island somewhere in the Caribbean. All three would be called Obi and there would be no bestsellers.
What is bringing me joy right now is working on a little edition with Steve Clay of Granary Books honoring poet Lewis Warsh who passed in 2020 entitled Let Go with cover art by George Schneeman.
So many debts. I learned to love the sentence, its vagaries, its nuances, from Henry James. I learned about the music of language from Wallace Stevens. I came to understand the playfulness at the heart of fiction from Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy.
City Lights published 8 books in 2022. Here are just some of the highlights, best of’s, and more from another affirming year of work for us.
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We were outrageously fortunate to have this iconoclastic genius and champion of the ordinary American lyric in our company for many days and years, quotidian and miraculous as they were.
5 Questions for Helen Shiller, Author of Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win: Five Decades of Resistance in Chicago’s Uptown Community
Finding my voice has taken time. As a child growing up with three brothers, I had to struggle to have my voice heard. As a young woman in every facet of my life, I had to find my way while navigating low expectations and low self-esteem. As an adult, repeating to myself several mantras helped me navigate attempts to diminish or devalue my worth: No question is a stupid question. Speak from your heart. Get at the truth of the matter. Don’t be side tracked.