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Funny Weather

Release date: April 29, 2021
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A brave writer whose books open up fundamental questions about life and artOlivia Laing is my new... Read More

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A brave writer whose books open up fundamental questions about life and artOlivia Laing is my new favourite non-fiction writerLike all great critics, Olivia Laing combines formidable intelligence with boundless curiosity and fabulous taste, but she also has a rare quality of intimacy; an ability to connect the reader to a work of art or literature with a directness that lights it up like nothing else. It‰۪s why I read herHer observations and poetic incisiveness on art, writers and politics are a gift. This is a fascinating, excursive, tonic of a bookA thought-provoking, inspiring collection that you can go back to whenever the weather takes a funny turnFunny Weather gives the reader a tangible sense of the sprawling garden of work which Laing has planted. She is to the art world what David Attenborough is to nature: a worthy guide with both a macro and micro vision, fluent in her chosen tongue and always full of empathy and aweLaing has acted as a kind of cultural sage for the past four years, an accidental literary grande dame of the emotional havoc wrought by late capitalism and digital disconnectLaing writes of her creative subjects in a winning, passionate voice that proves both soothing and galvanizing, especially amid a panic . . . It‰۪s not just art we need in an emergency, but writers, like Laing, who gently guide our eyes to what‰۪s out thereThe hospitality of world view in Olivia‰۪s writing is a vital force in our disputatious presentLaing combines passion and curiosity in a collection of art-based essays and profiles that reflect the uncertainty of our ageNever has a publication been more timelyA warm, thinking, enticing sweep of a book, like spending the afternoon with your brainiest friendA fine writer‰۪s embrace of the artists who preceded her, friendly visits with their lives and loving acknowledgement of their foundational contributions. A work of joy in recognitionThe book to help you make sense of the world . . . [a] mesmerizing collection of essays . . . this unique and compassionate book is a mind-expanding opportunity to rethink how we live, and what we can do to change things for the better.A light-footed tour of enriching stories, lives, and ideasHer gift as a critic is her ability to imaginatively sympathize with her subjects in a way that allows the art and life of the artist to go on radiating meaning after the book is closedBreathtaking, beautiful, funny, shocking, sad, revealing, and timelyI yield to absolutely no one in my admiration of Olivia Laing; her essays are magical liberations of words and ideas, art and love; they're the essence of great 21st century literature: brilliantly expressed, wildly uncontained, wilful and wonderfully unbound.Olivia Laing shines the light for art writing. Funny Weather urges us to humanise art, and listen to what artists say about life, love and crisis.An incivisive meditation on the value of heartfelt, messy art in our paranoid timesIt‰۪s not just art we need in an emergency, but writers, like Laing, who gently guide our eyes to what‰۪s out thereVibrant commentary on art and society by a writer with a sharp eye for the offbeatLaing‰۪s essays are urgent, compassionate, enlivening and acutely perceptive, and that‰۪s true whether or not we encounter them ‰ÛÏin an emergency‰۝Her words seem balefully accurate, given what has now overtaken usLaing is an intelligent and acute writer, and this book is certainly interesting and assuredly well-writtenLaing‰۪s arts writing is sharp-minded, and her manner is generous toward both subject and readerOlivia Laing, prize-winning, bestselling author of The Lonely City and Crudo, returns with a career-spanning collection of essays on the power of art in times of crisis.

In this inspiring collection of essays, acclaimed writer and critic Olivia Laing makes a brilliant case for why art matters, especially in the turbulent political weather of the twenty-first century.

'Never has a publication been more timely' - Dazed

'A brave writer whose books open up fundamental questions about life and art‰۪ - Telegraph

Funny Weather brings together a career's worth of Laing's writing about art and culture, examining their roles in our political and emotional lives. She profiles Jean-Michel Basquiat and Georgia O‰۪Keeffe, interviews Hilary Mantel and Ali Smith, writes love letters to David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, and explores loneliness and technology, women and alcohol, sex and the body. With characteristic originality and compassion, she celebrates art as a force of resistance and repair, an antidote to a frightening political time.

We‰۪re often told art can‰۪t change anything. In Funny Weather, Laing argues that it can. It changes how we see the world, it exposes inequality, and it offers fertile new ways of living.

Olivia Laing is the author of three acclaimed works of non-fiction, To the River, The Trip to Echo Spring and The Lonely City, which has been translated into seventeen languages and sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. Her first novel, Crudo, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller and won the 2019 James Tait Memorial Prize. She‰۪s a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2018 was awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction.

Laing writes on art and culture for many publications, including the Guardian, New York Times and frieze. Her collected writing on art, Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency, was published in 2020. She lives in Suffolk.

Product Details

Title: Funny Weather
SKU: BK0455666
EAN: 9781529027655
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Release date: April 29, 2021

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