In The Trip to Echo Spring, Laing focuses on six of our most famous writers and their love affair with alcohol: John Cheever, Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Berryman, and Raymond Carver.
The Missing Year of Juan Salvatierra tells the story of Juan Salvatierra, a man who became mute after a horse-riding accident and began painting a series of long rolls of canvas detailing life in his village along Argentina’s river border with Uruguay. After Salvatierra’s death, his sons return to make sense of the pictures their father left behind—and to find one roll of canvas that has mysteriously gone missing.
Grjasnowa writes in strong and declarative yet flippant sentences that tend to undermine the importance of the serious topics she tackles; All Russians Love Birch Trees revolves around the themes of trauma, genocide, religion, racism, xenophobia, anger, communication, the immigrant experience, and how all these are intrinsically tied together.
Stumbling upon Drew Tal’s art, we were immediately drawn to the faces he photographed; they were a complex array of sadness and strength, of beauty in captivity. In celebration of his newest exhibit, Worlds Apart, we wanted to find out a little more about the artist and his inspiration for these powerful photographs.