Issue No. 13

PUBLISHED: 

March 2015

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The White Review No. 13 features an interview with poet and novelist Ben Lerner, touching on what it means for art to be politically engaged and the potential of writing to defeat time. Painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye discusses the confluence of technique and feeling in her portraiture, while novelist Michel Faber talks about love, loss and language. The potential of art to accurately capture the human subject is a theme of the issue, one taken up by painter Luke Rudolf and the Japanese photographer Daisuke Yokota in two series reproduced within. New forms, and new grammars, are characteristic of the celebrated work of Jorie Graham - featured here - and the British poet and sound artist Holly Pester.

 

Self-declared left wing anarch Federico Campagna, meanwhile, considers whether the new Pope might really be the unlikely saviour of the global Left, while Enrique Vila-Matas (translated by our very own J. S. Tennant) reflects on Roberto Bolaño and the 'times when writers were like gods and lived in the mountains like craven hermits or lunatic aristocrats'. Back in London, Jon Day recounts stories from the curious subculture of the capital's bicycle couriers and the 'heroic age' of cycling. One of Britain's most innovative young writers, Helen Oyeyemi, contributes a new story, and we are delighted to print a section from Edouard Levé's newly-translated (by Jan Steyn and Caite Dolan-Leach) Newspaper. In an excerpt from his forthcoming novel, Paul Murray presents a Dublin banker whose already unreal lifestyle threatens to fade into fiction. Finally, as the third White Review Short Story Prize comes to its conclusion, we are thrilled to publish a new story by Claire-Louise Bennett, our inaugural laureate, from her forthcoming collection, Pond.



ISSUE CONTENTS


Essay

Foreword

The Editors


Essay

Strangely Oppressive Freedom

Jon Day


Interview

Interview with Ben Lerner

Patrick Langley


Fiction

Newspaper

Édouard Levé


Art

Luke Rudolf

Luke Rudolf


Poetry

Holly Pester


Essay

Writers from the Old Days

Enrique Vila-Matas


Interviews

Orlando Reade


Features

Federico Campagna


Fiction

Drownings

Helen Oyeyemi


Art

Daisuke Yokota

Daisuke Yokota


Poetry

From the Enmeshments & The Shroud

Jorie Graham


Interviews

Anna Aslanyan


Fiction

The Mark and the Void

Paul Murray