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pers-books · 2 months ago
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Sistersong - Lucy Holland
Sistersong – Lucy Holland
Sistersong is the best book I read in 2020, and I managed to read quite a few! Sistersong is utterly mesmerising and a real page turner that was almost impossible to put down. Holland’s worldbuilding – recreating Britain’s Dark Ages – is deeply satisfying; her characters are engaging and multidimensional, and even the unlikeable ones are compelling. I went into Sistersong without knowing the…
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blakegopnik · 14 days ago
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AT KARMA, KATHLEEN RYAN’S ‘BAD FRUIT’ CRYSTALIZES OUR LOVE OF WASTE
THE DAILY PIC is a new sculpture by Kathleen Ryan called “Jackie,” from the solo show at Karma gallery that I reviewed in today’s “New York Times”: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/02/arts/design/3-art-gallery-shows-to-see-right-now.html
In my review, I talked about Ryan’s rotting-yet-precious fruit as giving a brilliant depiction of a rottenness that’s inherent in even the best artworks, at least once they come to function as precious goods. But I didn’t have room to dig into some other ideas that came to me in her show.
It struck me at once that there’s a pretty obvious link between Ryan’s sculptures and the decaying fruit in some still lifes from Golden Age Holland, and then I realized that the link is weaker than it looks. The painted still lifes call up, and were meant to call up, thoughts of the fleetingness of earthly things: fresh today, moldy tomorrow. (That applies to us, as well as to our pears.) Whereas Ryan’s sculptures seem to take putrescence and make it very palpably, gloriously permanent — more as celebration than memento mori.
I was reminded of the vast waste of food that is baked into our supermarket culture, and of the (unconscious?) pride that we take in this conspicuous overconsumption. We must be one hell of a great society, right, if we can afford to let perfectly good produce sit moldering in our dumpsters, by the ton?
By preserving that rot in fancy objects that have been immaculately, laboriously crafted out of semi-precious stone, Ryan is showing is how precious that decay really is to our culture.  Someone, somewhere, is expected to lay out almost a half-million dollars to see it depicted, and preserved, in “Jackie.” (Photo by Lucy Hogg)
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thewoolleygeek · 2 months ago
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Sistersong by Lucy Holland
Sistersong by Lucy Holland
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sistersong-Lucy-Holland/dp/1529039037/ https://www.waterstones.com/book/9781529039030#write-review I have to admit I was first drawn to Lucy Holland’s Sistersong by it’s absolutely stunning cover. I openly admit to judging a book by its cover and it often does me well, I have found some great books this way and this is no exception.When I was offered the chance of an…
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Blog Tour: Sistersong - Lucy Holland.
Blog Tour: Sistersong - Lucy Holland. @Blackcrow_PR @panmacmillan
ISBN: 9781529039030. April 1st 2020. Pan Macmillan. With thanks to the team at Black Crow PR for allowing me to take part in the blog/bookstagram tour, and for arranging for a hardback copy to be sent my way for me to read and review. 535 AD. In the ancient kingdom of Dumnonia, King Cador’s children inherit a fragmented land abandoned by the Romans.Riva, scarred in a terrible fire, fears she…
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