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IZABELLA SCOTT is an editor at The White Review.



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Shola von Reinhold’s ‘LOTE’

Book Review

September 2020

Izabella Scott

Book Review

September 2020

To read Shola von Reinhold’s ornate, multi-layered novel LOTE (2020) is to encounter a baroque mind. It tells the story of a queer Black...

Art Review

November 2019

Actually, the Dead are Not Dead

Izabella Scott

Art Review

November 2019

During Bergen Assembly’s opening days, I am asked to attend a number of mock funerals, including one for a...

I’m reluctant to admit this but it’s often easier for me to write about a book I hated rather than a book I loved It’s less exhausting, it gives me an opportunity to say something sharp, if not mean; it certainly takes less time – you can dismiss something in one short, swift action If I write about a book with affection I worry I’m, consciously or unconsciously, revealing something about myself – that I have good taste or bad taste, troubling obsessions, a sympathy towards those who are undeserving of it, that I’m insensitive or incapable of intellectual thought – and I have no interest in revealing anything about myself But it’s difficult to write coldly, in the precise language of criticism, about a book that provokes a personal, emotional response And Carmen Maria Machado’s short story collection Her Body and Other Parties, although admirably stylish and original, does prompt feeling above all else   In these eight stories, all written from a female perspective, all invoking supernatural elements with obvious antecedents in Angela Carter and Shirley Jackson, Machado roams a landscape at once familiar and brutally weird Here are girls: girls who have become mothers too soon and are doubtful of their abilities in ‘Mothers’; girls with dead-end jobs, and student loan debt, fighting against their limited options and wondering, at the same time, why they should bother in ‘Real Women Have Bodies’ And women: a wife in the suburban gothic, sexually charged ‘The Husband Stitch’; a mother with damaging body issues choosing to recourse to surgery in ‘Eight Bites’ In ‘The Resident’, so deeply indebted to Jackson that you can practically hear the windows of her Hill House rattle, a writer navigates her ‘dying profession’ in an isolated lake residency, while recalling adolescent trauma from that holy American tradition, the Girl Scouts The settings are strange, if not lethal, but the women make immediate sense to me   Thematically, there is an exploration of erotic desire, particularly queer desire, a wariness of home, or what takes place in the home, and a true understanding of the landscapes of the lost:

Contributor

September 2015

Izabella Scott

Contributor

September 2015

IZABELLA SCOTT is an editor at The White Review.

Book Review

August 2019

Jordy Rosenberg’s ‘Confessions of the Fox’

Izabella Scott

Book Review

August 2019

It’s hot as fuck, said the friend who handed me Confessions of the Fox, a faux-memoir set in eighteenth-century...

Navine G. Khan-Dossos, Echo Chamber

Art Review

November 2017

Izabella Scott

Art Review

November 2017

A lattice of diamonds and crosses, painted onto a 21-metre long wall at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, scatters my gaze. Artist Navine G....
Hot Rocks

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November 2016

Izabella Scott

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November 2016

‘We have received around 150 of them,’ Massimo Osanna tells me, as we peer into four small crates stuffed full of dusty freezer bags....
False shadows

Art

August 2016

Izabella Scott

Art

August 2016

The ‘beautiful disorder’ of the Forbidden City and the Yuanmingyuan (Garden of Perfection and Light) was first noted by the Jesuit painter Jean Denis...

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September 2014

Paris at Night

Matthew Beaumont

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September 2014

The picturesque lightshow that, once the sun has set, takes place on the hour, every hour, when the Eiffel...

poetry

June 2013

Belly

Melissa Lee-Houghton

poetry

June 2013

When I was fifteen I took my two little cousins into town and had them wait outside the tattoo...

Art

May 2013

On the Margins

Sean Smith

Art

May 2013

 

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