Your Reading List, Simplified
By Mary Kenagy
Perhaps you read the reviews in ImageUpdate and think: I want to explore more of the art, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction I read about here, but I don’t know where to begin. Or maybe you wander into bookstores and then wander right out again without buying anything, overwhelmed by the sheer number of new titles. (This happens to us pretty often.) Image wants to help. Four times a year, our editors compile their favorite new art and writing in a sleek and portable package, which we can deliver to your door at a very reasonable price. Click here to sign up. Our winter installment features the delicate but dense etchings of Ruth Weisberg, whose images open dialogue with ancient Jewish texts, as well as the monumentally large and detailed paintings of Zhi Lin, who brings European Old Master techniques together with centuries of Chinese history. We also bring you an excerpt from acclaimed biographer Paul Mariani’s new book imagining the inner life of Gerard Manley Hopkins, a grandfather of modern poetry. And essayist Laura Good meditates on the pains and consolations of a new marriage in a rental apartment with a mysterious history. There’s also an interview with sassy, brassy poet and memoirist Mary Karr, Lynda Sexson’s tales of the supernatural and the canine, Sanda Scofield on a seventh son, and Alison Gresik’s fiction on a Very Famous Writer who goes unnamed in the story (See if you can figure out who). In poetry, B.H. Fairchild’s staggering new three-part work offers a weird and haunting vision of the last American century. And much more. When it comes to new art and writing, reading ImageUpdate is like looking at a map of what’s out there. Reading Image in print is like traveling to a new country. If you don’t already subscribe, it’s time to book your ticket.