Our July online issue features an essay by regular White Review contributor Rose McLaren on the work of American novelist Denis Johnson. ‘Obviously he isn’t the only freak in contemporary fiction,’ writes McLaren, ‘and he bears comparison with other infra-realists such as Karl Ove Knausgaard or Roberto Bolaño. But unlike them, his work is not primarily concerned with literature itself.’
This month we’re also featuring a selection of paintings from Michaël Borremans’ latest exhibition at the David Zwirner Gallery, titled Black Mould. Ben Eastham speaks with the curator of the show, Jeffrey Grove, about the fluid associations and implications of Borremans’s work, and the ‘shift towards the narrative potential of drawing’ that his work has gone through over the past few years.
Also in the issue: a debut short story by Toronto-based writer Camilla Grudova, exploring the strange, hypnotic workings of Agata’s machine; another story by Jessie Greengrass from her debut collection An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It (published in July by JM Originals); and a selection of poetry by the Russian poet, film-maker and artist, Tatiana Daniliyants (translated by Katherine Young).
Finally, we publish an interview with American writer Sarah Manguso. Manguso’s third book, Ongoingness, was published earlier this year in the US and was applauded for its distinctive form, an ‘antidote both to the diary, and to the nervous record-keeping that the diary represented’. Here, Manguso discusses the process of journal-keeping, and tells us how she came to write in the short, fragmented form that so distinguishes her work.