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Patrick Langley
Patrick Langley's debut novel Arkady was published by Fitzcarraldo Editions in March 2018. He writes on contemporary art for Frieze, Art Agenda, and other publications. He is a contributing editor at The White Review.

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Jesse Ball’s ‘Census’

Book Review

May 2018

Patrick Langley

Book Review

May 2018

Reading Jesse Ball’s new novel feels like being hypnotised, or like having your heart broken – but really it feels like both at once....

Book Review

November 2017

M. John Harrison's 'You Should Come With Me Now'

Patrick Langley

Book Review

November 2017

In a 2012 interview with the Guardian, M. John Harrison argued that the segregation of literature into genres is ‘a...

As I swam in the bathtub, they wondered what they had done to have a fish instead of a daughter My father sat back as I thrashed against the hook of his hands His mouth and eyes: three blank holes, staring at the creature he reeled from his wife’s thighs Mother pressed my thin-lipped grimace to her breast Nipples bloody, pink as worms, she thought I would bite if not suck She wondered if it was the poison she ingested while I was gestating She worked at a plant where beets burned into sugar Smoke drifted in manufactured clouds Air sweet as pure honey Father believed it was punishment for all the fish laid on my grandfather’s butchering block Frantic, golden eyes wide as the screwdriver came for their brains Maybe she’s not a penance, my mother said, but a gift from God So many of Jesus’s miracles were born out of swarms of bass And maybe it was the thought of God loving them so much, he crept between their entwined bodies to deliver a wonder Maybe it was that their trailer home, with its canyons of cracked vinyl, peeling paint needed a little magic Or maybe it was the look in my fugitive eyes when I stared back at my father— so human, so afraid of death— that made him decide to ignore the operas of sirens that sprang in shipwrecks from my lips He cupped me in his palm My scales slipped off Like a sequin cocktail dress, they collected on the floor and revealed skin Vulva ugly and purple, loose like the lips of a many-hooked fish, but human   See, my mother said, it’s a child after all

Contributor

August 2014

Patrick Langley

Contributor

August 2014

Patrick Langley’s debut novel Arkady was published by Fitzcarraldo Editions in March 2018. He writes on contemporary art for Frieze, Art...

Art

September 2014

Semi Floating Sculpture

Luke Hart

Patrick Langley

Art

September 2014

Luke Hart will meet me at Gate 7. I get the text on the DLR, heading east past Canary...

Ordinary Voids

feature

Issue No. 9

Ed Aves

Patrick Langley

feature

Issue No. 9

I am standing in a parallelogram of shrubbery outside London City Airport. Ed is twisting a dial on his Mamiya RZ67 and squinting into its viewfinder. He...
Car Wash

fiction

January 2013

Patrick Langley

fiction

January 2013

He is sitting on the back seat of a car, somewhere in France. It’s a bright blue day, absurdly hot, and the roads are...
Ryan Trecartin: The Real Internet is Inside You

Art

April 2012

Patrick Langley

Art

April 2012

 ‘What’s that buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzing?’ Marshall McLuhan   1: Your Original Is Having A Complete Human Change Meltdown Makeover   It’s difficult to describe Ryan Trecartin’s...
Nigel

poetry

September 2011

Patrick Langley

poetry

September 2011

Jamie sat alone at the edge of the dance floor and wondered how long it would be until Nigel arrived. The band had been...
Beyond the Horizon

fiction

Issue No. 1

Patrick Langley

fiction

Issue No. 1

Listen to the silence, let it ring on. (Joy Division, Transmission) I It is not yet dawn. The city is a distant murmur. Laid...

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Art

January 2012

Interview with Ryan Gander

Timothée Chaillou

Art

January 2012

London-based conceptual artist Ryan Gander masters the art of storytelling through an immensely complex yet subtly coherent body of...

Art

June 2012

'The Freedom of Speech Itself', or the betrayal of the voice

Lorena Muñoz-Alonso

Art

June 2012

‘The instability of an accent, its borrowed and hybridised phonetic form, is testimony not to someone’s origins but only...

poetry

September 2012

Letter from a New City to an Old Friend

Cutter Streeby

poetry

September 2012

Letter from a New City to an Old Friend     [SEAside          Gra-                         –i.m. Ronny Burhop 1987-2010                                                                      ffiti]...

 

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