All in Interviews

Art and Social Practice

By Alex Behr
“For this project, which is ongoing, I spend a long time with the people that I’m working with, all their stories, because I’m not interested in telling my version of their story. The goal is to do the best job I possibly can of being a vehicle to people to tell their story.” Wendy MacNaughton’s Meanwhile in San Francisco documents insular pockets: the mah jongg players in Chinatown, the regulars at the main branch of the public library, the swimmers at the Dolphin Club, and the single-room occupancy folks of 6th Street.

Milk and Motherhood

By Sheila Heti and Dorothea Lasky
The novelist Sheila Heti and the poet Dorothea Lasky spoke over email for several weeks about their new books, Motherhood (Henry Holt) and Milk (Wave Books). Heti is the author of seven previous books, including the 2012 novel How Should a Person Be? which was a New York Times Notable Book and was called by Time magazine “one of the most talked-about books of the year.” Lasky is the author of four previous full-length collections of poetry, including ROME (Liveright/W.W. Norton) and Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE, all from Wave Books.

Like a Dog a Rabbit Through the Underbrush

By Thea Prieto
Abraham Smith’s Destruction of Man (Third Man Books, 2018) is a book-length poem about small-scale farming and the broken nostalgia of a modern rural soundscape. Smith is a poet and farmer who writes of farming and family in a familiar county as told through “tractor blister song,” “rockpile country silence,” and “the invention of the wheel tied up umbilically.” Tyehimba Jess described Destruction of Man as “a compass setting toward music caught between the hungry teeth of vole and buried bone of river,” and Ada Limón described Smith’s work as “part song, part guttural wail into the American rural landscape.”