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Lauren Elkin

Lauren Elkin is the author of Flâneuse: Women Walk the City (Chatto & Windus/FSG), which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2017, a Radio 4 Book of the Week, and a finalist for the PEN/Diamondstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the GuardianLe Mondefrieze, and the London Review of Books, among others, and she is a contributing editor to The White Review. She is currently working on her next book, Art Monsters: On Beauty and Excess (Chatto & Windus/FSG).



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Maria Gainza’s ‘Optic Nerve’

Book Review

May 2019

Lauren Elkin

Book Review

May 2019

In his foreword to A Thousand Plateaus, on the pleasures of philosophy, and of Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy in particular, Brian Massumi writes:  ...

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Issue No. 8

Barking From the Margins: On écriture féminine

Lauren Elkin

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Issue No. 8

 I. Two moments in May May 2, 2011. The novelists Siri Hustvedt and Céline Curiol are giving a talk...

Malcolm Starke died today who rang us most nights so late that it could only be him He’d been there forever sinking audible coins into the payphone at the flats where he was watchman and they tried to fire him once for being sockless Greeting me with Alasdair’s name or him with mine he would catch us on the line and in a voice of infuriating softness tell us about Turkey the times he went to Turkey and the National Gallery which is on Trafalgar Square We’d lurch and charge around in absolute quiet sometimes laying the receiver on a chair, drawing long daggers into our hearts cocking our necks on invisible rope slashing our throats with giant swords bellowing fuck off with our huge silent teeth For birthdays he knew us apart and on scraps of scissored foolscap drew us into trains and carriages drew us in turbans and pyjamas drew us Turkish, presumably No likeness at all, covered in tipex, I kept them all I have every one They were always two days early never the same he’d never met either of us But you knew him at university You kept inviting him round after he was arrested for talking to girls and embarrassing people And though you sometimes seemed the least patient of us three, though you’d thank us when we’d told him you weren’t at home, you raised us in a house where Malcolm Starke might ring at any moment, where he was never far away and he was ours He felt that nuclear waste could be disposed of by firing it into the sun He felt that a sinister committee had taken remote control of his valuable brain That sometimes they didn’t ‘play fair’ with him He

Contributor

August 2014

Lauren Elkin

Contributor

August 2014

Lauren Elkin is the author of Flâneuse: Women Walk the City (Chatto & Windus/FSG), which was a New York Times Notable...

The End of Francophonie: The Politics of French Literature

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Issue No. 2

Lauren Elkin

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Issue No. 2

I. We were a couple of minutes late for the panel we’d hoped to attend. The doors were closed and there was a surly-looking...

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poetry

April 2017

Two Poems

Fady Joudah

poetry

April 2017

EUROPA AND THE BULL   The boat was loaded on a truck. The truck took me to the border....

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January 2014

Vertical Motion

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TR. Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping

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January 2014

We are little critters who live in the black earth beneath the desert. The people on Mother Earth can’t...

Interview

September 2016

Interview with Garth Greenwell

Michael Amherst

Interview

September 2016

Garth Greenwell’s debut novel What Belongs to You has won praise on both sides of the Atlantic. Edmund White...

 

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