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Philippa Snow
Philippa Snow is a critic and essayist. Her work has appeared in publications including ArtforumThe Los Angeles Review of BooksArtReviewFriezeVogueThe NationThe New Statesman, and The New Republic. Her first book, Which As You Know Means Violence, is out now with Repeater, and she is currently working on an essay collection about famous women.  

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You Don’t Think God Is Sexy?

Film Review

January 2023

Philippa Snow

Film Review

January 2023

On the most literal level, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s elliptical, spiritual-cum-sensual movie Teorema (1968) is about an entire family being driven to distraction by their...

Essay

Issue No. 31

It's Terrible The Things I Have To Do To Be Me

Philippa Snow

Essay

Issue No. 31

Here was a woman who had modelled her life so closely on Marilyn Monroe’s that doing so eventually helped...

Shortly after the release of his controversial novel To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life in 1990, Hervé Guibert announced his retirement from writing, much to the upset of his newly-won readers ‘I don’t see what else I could write,’ the French author, critic and photographer, then visibly emaciated, told anchorman Bernard Pivot on the primetime literary programme Apostrophes He already had some fifteen publications under his belt, ranging from novels to essay collections and a photo-novel — most sitting uncomfortably between autobiography and fiction However, none had received anywhere near the amount of attention as To the Friend, a poignant recounting of the aesthete’s battle with AIDS He died in December 1991, at the age of thirty-six   Born to a middle-class family in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Cloud, Guibert spent his early years in the French capital His childhood was scored by the ‘noise of sagging bodies’ and ‘skulls shattered on the tiles’, heard during regular visits to slaughterhouses with his father, a veterinarian inspector These morbid memories, starkly described in his early works, are typical of a macabre tendency — following in the tradition of French writers including the Marquis de Sade and Jean Genet — which punctuates much of his writing Although his initial literary success was modest, the angelic-looking writer with the golden curls soon became a fixture of the Parisian intelligentsia, befriending everyone from Michel Foucault to Mathieu Lindon and Sophie Calle while making a living as a pigiste {freelancer} at Le Monde’s culture desk   Republished earlier this year in English by Semiotext(e), To the Friend is enjoying a new life

Contributor

November 2018

Philippa Snow

Contributor

November 2018

Philippa Snow is a critic and essayist. Her work has appeared in publications including Artforum, The Los Angeles Review of Books, ArtReview, Frieze, Vogue, The...

Essay

January 2021

An Uneasy Girl

Philippa Snow

Essay

January 2021

Even before Lucie arrives holding a shotgun, we know that the perfect family in this huge suburban house are...

Brilliant Muscles

Essay

December 2019

Philippa Snow

Essay

December 2019

‘Lindsay Lohan’s new film,’ I told almost everyone I spoke to for about two months earlier this year, ‘is about werewolf detectives.’ Nobody seemed...
Evita Vasiljeva, POSTCRETE

Art Review

February 2019

Philippa Snow

Art Review

February 2019

Lower.Green is situated in the unlikely surroundings of a near-dead mall in Norwich. It is not just any mall, but Anglia Square Shopping Centre:...
Gabriele Beveridge, Live Dead World

Art Review

November 2018

Philippa Snow

Art Review

November 2018

Several months ago, I went to a salon so small and so identikit that I do not recall the name, and against every sane...

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Art

January 2017

New Communities

Robert Assaye

Art

January 2017

DeviantArt is the world’s ‘largest online community of artists and art-lovers’ and its thirteenth largest social network. Its forty...

fiction

January 2017

Peace

Patrick Cottrell

fiction

January 2017

Every morning as I walk to school through the dark blue decrepit world, I feel like I’m coming down...

fiction

August 2016

Boy With Frog

Kristin Posehn

fiction

August 2016

My first impression was of a tall building laid down for a nap, with all its parts nestled together...

 

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