Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency (Paperback)Olivia Laing (author)
In this sparkling collection of a career’s worth of writings, Laing discusses the many faces and forms of art as a veritable antidote to the frailty, falsity and flux of the political climate we live in.
In this remarkable, inspiring collection of essays, acclaimed writer and critic Olivia Laing makes a brilliant case for why art matters, especially in the turbulent political weather of the twenty first century.
Funny Weather brings together a career's worth of Laing's writing about art and culture, examining its role in our political and emotional lives. She profiles Jean-Michel Basquiat and Georgia O'Keefe, interviews Hilary Mantel and Ali Smith, writes love letters to David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, and explores loneliness and technology, women and alcohol, sex and the body. With characteristic originality and compassion, she celebrates art as a force of resistance and repair, an antidote to a frightening political time.
We're often told art can't change anything. Laing argues that it can. It changes how we see the world. It makes plain inequalities and it offers fertile new ways of living.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 264 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 25 mm
'A brave writer whose books open up fundamental questions about life and art' - The Telegraph
'Her gift as a critic is her ability to imaginatively sympathize with her subjects in a way that allows the art and life of the artist to go on radiating meaning after the book is closed' - Elle
'Olivia Laing is my new favourite non-fiction writer.' - Nick Hornby
'Like all great critics, Olivia Laing combines formidable intelligence with boundless curiosity and fabulous taste, but she also has a rare quality of intimacy; an ability to connect the reader to a work of art or literature (or for that matter a facet of life itself) with a directness that lights it up like nothing else. It's why I read her.' - James Lasdun
'I yield to absolutely no one in my admiration of Olivia Laing; her essays are magical liberations of words and ideas, art and love; they're the essence of great 21st century literature: brilliantly expressed, wildly uncontained, wilful and wonderfully unbound.' - Philip Hoare, author of RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR
'A fine writer's embrace of the artists who preceded her, friendly visits with their lives and loving acknowledgement of their foundational contributions. A work of joy in recognition.' - Sarah Schulman
'A warm, thinking, enticing sweep of a book, like spending the afternoon with your brainiest friend.' - Kate Mosse, author of The Burning Chambers
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“Olivia Laing at her Best”
Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City remains one of the most affecting non-fiction books I have read. Olivia is a formidable essayist and art critic and she combined both these skills to craft a tender insight into... More
“An interesting read from an amazing writer”
Two disclaimers. I received this book from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. More importantly, I am a major Olivia Laing fan girl. I love the way that Laing combines literary biography... More
“Emergency or not - an inpiring read on any occasion!”
As an essay collection of previously published work this book is a must-have for any fan of Olivia Laing. Reading her columns or love letters to artists back to back makes her talent for art criticism, her ability to... More
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