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artful by ali smith book review round-up

Posted by rigorousm on March 11, 2015

At stake is not the boundary of genre, in other words, but the possibility of the imagination to contain everything at once — from catalogs of ships, to disquisitions on whaling, to a poem, to photographs of a walking tour of Suffolk — and to allow each thing, the real and the unreal, to contribute to imagination’s ability to, as Smith puts it here, “know us inside and out.” Writing of this kind contains the magnificent suggestion that there are not two kinds of things in the world — that each is part of one system of thought. It reaches for whatever materials will best serve it, and in doing so, enlarges its scope beyond the present of the page. It insists on a reconsideration of the dominance of form. So Artful might better be described as an event, or, even better than that, a relationship.

LA Review of Books review by Jenny Hendrix (link)

AV Club review by Phil Dyess-Nugent (link)

Guardian review by Victoria Segal (link)

NPR review by John Wilwol (link)

The Rumpus review by Ryan Zee (link)

Bookforum review by Alexandra Schwartz (link)

NYTimes review by Leah Hager Cohen (link)

Electric Literature review by Jenna Leigh Evans (link)

Daily Beast interview by Noah Charney (link)

New York Journal of Books review by Vinton Rafey McCabe (link)

The Millions review by Jonathan Russell Clark (link)


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