2022 in Books: What to Look Forward To

1/9/2022 5:00:00 PM
2022 in Books: What to Look Forward To

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Anna Cafolla provides a taster of the fiction and non-fiction coming your way this year

Body WorkWhip SmartParadais by Fernanda Melchor, tr.Hurricane SeasonFire Season byFire Seasonby Kim Gordon and Sinéad Gleeson (April 2022)Constellationsby Douglas Stuart (April 2022)Young MungoObsessive, Intrusive, Magical Thinkingabout that’ with flippancy? More than ever, we need writers with clear-eyed perspectives and nuance.

Look Here: On the Pleasures of ObservingFormer AnOthermag.com columnist Ana Kinsella builds on the back of the literary flaneur with her joyful journey through city life, a celebration of London and any city you hold dear.Danielle PenderRiposteby Elvia Wilk (July 2022)

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Doug Aitken judges Wallpaper* Design Awards 2022

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Will there be another lockdown in 2022?

Will there be another lockdown in 2022?Will there be another lockdown in January 2022? Why again? The disease will never finish but the lock down will definitely finish the economic and social life. Let improve medicines and vaccines as the COVID19Vic failed to prevent from the pandemic. Yes No. DoNotComply it’s time to get back to normal.

by Melissa Febos (March 2022) A lot of women writing now came of age at the crossroads of Tumblr, XOJane , and ‘mine your life for money’ journalism assignments.Candice Carty-Williams' bestselling debut, you'll be pleased to know her second novel, People Person , will be released in Spring 2022.on the occasion of the Parisian fashion label’s first physical catwalk presentation since the Covid-19 pandemic began.Studio Retail Group Tipped by Jonathan Prynn, Consumer business editor Studio Retail Group, the online value retailer that sells fashion and homewares and delivers nine million parcels per year in the UK, had a torrid time last autumn when it issued a profits warning as shoppers flooded back to the High Street.

Memoir is a tough form to navigate, parsing your own privacy, the power of divulgence, subjectivity, and just flat out laying yourself emotionally bare. In the contemporary space, we’ve waded through Caroline Calloway’s mammoth Instagram caption diaries (and yet to materialise memoir) and see Tumblr girl sensibilities and self-expression revitalised on TikTok. Another celebrity book we highly recommend is Reclaiming by Love Island 's Yewande Biala: a moving collection of essays about protecting your sense of self as a marginalised person. What form do we commit our traumas, desires, and thoughts to? Where, in this age, do these intimate stories belong? And to who? Body Work is a deft mix of memoir and craft masterclass, weaving Melissa Febos’ personal experience of the form with reflections on the emotional, psychological, and physical work of writing so intimately about one’s own life. Green Lens Saint Laurent ’s S/S 2022 show on Venice’s Isola della Certosa. Febos’ past work – her stellar essay collection Girlhood and acclaimed memoir Whip Smart on life as a dominatrix, addiction, recovery, and academia – finds the throughlines for autonomy, identity, self-expression. She is daring (but not ‘ brave ’) and ever-elegant with her insights. Checks on US stimulus payments and crypto transactions boosted 2021 revenues and it continues to benefit from retail’s online shift.

Paradais by Fernanda Melchor, tr. Repeat visitors would be rewarded with a new experience of the artwork each time they go. Sophie Hughes by Fernanda Melchor, tr. Sophie Hughes (March 2022) Fernanda Melchor’s Hurricane Season was a highlight of last year’s releases – a flaming, weird novel, which picks up in a whirlwind of gossip in a Mexican village and plunges us into the murder of a witch who provided local sex workers with abortions. An arresting read, with potent spells and lyrical prose by way of translator Sophie Hughes. ‘It’s one of those situations I really hope to see more of, a less conventional direction to how artwork is created and how it can create bridges with cultures and groups of people. Paradais further cements Melchor as a propulsive voice – and Hughes on this translation also – from Latin America, telling the story of two misfit teenage boys in a luxury housing complex of opposite class status. Since it’s a relatively new market, there aren’t very many pure vegan pet food plays on the stock market.

With teen angst, arrogance, and feverish desires, they hatch a sinister scheme to pursue what they both want, to startling ends. Melchor builds on her chilling portrayal of Mexican society’s inequalities and violence, and humanity’s most messy, macabre enclaves. Inspired by termite mounds and the local building vernacular, the campus is built from local quarry stone, with wind towers that support natural ventilation. Fire Season by Fire Season by Gary Indiana (April 2022) It’s pure pleasure to feel a writer’s own rapture as you read, the delightfully dishy spirit with their own parsing and prose – your lip can’t help curling into a conspiratorial smile. Gary Indiana is the most wicked chronicler of the modern psyche; an unsparing and sardonic, always nailing voice from high art to pop culture, Barbra Kruger’s art to EuroDisney. He mines mundanity to find human complexity and drills into the dark and dramatic to present reason. Aitken tells me that Kéré’s architecture reminds him of Arcosanti, an experimental new town by the late Italian-American architect Paolo Soleri. It is also a solid, large business worth about $22 billion just now.

35 years of the author, critic, and cultural icon’s essays are collected in Fire Season , from 1984 to the present day, with an introduction by Christian Lorentzen. One for the fanboys and newstarts alike. This Woman’s Work by Kim Gordon and Sinéad Gleeson by Kim Gordon and Sinéad Gleeson (April 2022) Women’s experience in and of music has generally sat outside of the male-dominated narrative, but This Woman’s Work , edited by Kim Gordon and Sinéad Gleeson, rips open the gilded canon doors to scream a rebel yell. ‘The monumental architect-designers of the past, who were the superheroes when we were coming up, seem radically dated now,’ the artist adds. It’s an impressive, at times acerbic and searing, other times joyful and celebratory, essay collection. The no-wave musician and icon Gordon and Constellations author Gleeson have curated a dazzling array of voices on women who pioneered and politicised across a spectrum of music history, from Anne Enright on Laurie Anderson(!) to essays by Maggie Nelson, Juliana Huxtable, Ottessa Moshfegh.11.

Leave what you know at the dive bar door, and meet you front left. Along these lines, Aitken is now working on two improvisational film projects on the West Coast: one follows a coastal community of drifters, the other strings together conversations with the inhabitants of a small American town surrounded by oil fields that seems unable to escape its fossil fuel-driven past. Young Mungo by Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart (April 2022) Douglas Stuart mesmerises me with his sense of place and how open-hearted and generous his writing is, the care and nuance he gives down and outs in dire situations. It’s what made his first novel, the Booker Prize-winning Shuggie Bain , so striking. Well, make way for more ugly crying. Where are we now? Where are we going?’ We don’t yet know the answers. Young Mungo situates us in the housing estates of Glasgow with young and forbidden lovers from different tribes, the Protestant Mungo and Catholic James.

As much as a story of pyretic young love constricted by community lines, it’s also about class, identity, and the constraints of masculinity. Obsessive, Intrusive, Magical Thinking by Marianne Eloise Obsessive, Intrusive, Magical Thinking by Marianne Eloise (April 2022) Dialogue around neurodiversity has expanded effervescently – more young women, for example, are finally getting diagnosed with autism having been sidelined by the medical world and its preconceptions of a supposed autism archetype. Outdoor video installation on 360-degree facade of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, a seven-channel composite video with eleven projections forming one screen . But it’s also a knotted, multi-layered conversation with peaks and troughs – Has your TikTok tried to diagnose you as ADD yet? Do people around you still use ‘I’m so OCD about that’ with flippancy? More than ever, we need writers with clear-eyed perspectives and nuance. Eloise is a writer and journalist who writes with refreshing clarity on her experiences as an autistic woman with obsessive compulsive disorder. Obsessive, Intrusive, Magical Thinking explores obsession, disorder, and neurodiversity with raw honesty, warm humour, and beautifully lyrical prose. Video installation with seven-channel composite video, seven blended projections, 360-degree aluminum and PVC screen; Installation view at Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt.

She takes us through a life lived obsessively in all its highs and lows, from Los Angeles to Disney, her dog and fixations on death. Open-hearted and sparkling, she writes: “I always felt like a raw nerve, but then, I thought that everyone did”. Look Here: On the Pleasures of Observing the City Look Here: On the Pleasures of Observing the City by Ana Kinsella (May 2022) Former AnOthermag. Photography: Anna Kucera © Doug Aitken, courtesy of the artist; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; 303 Gallery, New York; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Regen Projects, Los Angeles Installation view of ’Doug Aitken: New Era’, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2021, featuring Sonic Fountain II, 2013/15.com columnist Ana Kinsella builds on the back of the literary flaneur with her joyful journey through city life, a celebration of London and any city you hold dear. Look Here takes true delight in everyday occurrences and glimpses of a city’s ever-evolving identity, to chart ideas of anonymity and self, community, freedom and access.

Kinsella’s keen eye and lovely light touch implores us to slow down and find beauty in our surroundings, to linger on the sunburnt shoulders of a friend in a Zone 1 park, or hum to the thrum of a Saturday evening’s night bus. Watching Women and Girls by Danielle Pender Watching Women and Girls by Danielle Pender (May 2022) Women are familiar with the bone-boring glare of a lairy cat-caller. We watch our mothers get ready at their vanity, surrounded by little pots and sprays. We study our selfies. Gazed upon as individuals and in wider culture and society, we perform, internalise, and project.

“Every aspect of her body or personality was up for inspection: too big, too small, too available, too hidden, too much, not enough,” writes Danielle Pender. In a moving story collection and debut by the editor of the endlessly chic and shrewd Riposte magazine, Pender explores the impact of the gaze – both male and female – on women’s exterior and interior lives. The stories are imbued with dark humour and graceful commentary on the different lenses of perception on women and girls, from mother/daughter relationships to a dominatrix and her client, while Pender traverses patriarchy, class, race, and selfhood. With this book, a reader can stare defiantly back. Death by Landscape by Death by Landscape by Elvia Wilk (July 2022) Elvia Wilk boldly explores creative works and writing across time and genre, finding connections from Mark Fisher to Michelle Tea, Hildegard von Bingen and Octavia Butler, as a means to discover a new language and syllabus in the age of the anthropocene.

She obliterates the boundaries between dystopia and utopia, self and state, literature and legion with a collection of ‘fan non-fiction’. With fandom and obsession as a foundation, Wilk asks how these literary titans’ world-building stories could help us imagine a new world that shirks the human-centric and celebrates nature. Note: the wonderful Peninsula Press is republishing Wilk’s excellent debut Oval – a must-read, pitch-black portrait of the future – in 2022 too! I Fear My Pain Interests You by Stephanie LaCava by Stephanie LaCava (October 2022) Stephanie LaCava’s was a stylish and jarring read in all the best ways. With a compelling female friendship at its heart and spread from Munich to New York and London, the ‘meta-novel’ challenges ideas of world-building, the preconceived motives we impose on characters, the airs and graces of an art world worn at the seams. So I’m incredibly excited for I Fear My Pain Interests You , billed as a literary take on cinema du corps that unpacks culture, connections, bodies, and breakdowns with La Cava’s slippery style.

It centres on Margot, the child of famous musicians brought up in a punk setting, who absconds from New York, burnt-out and post-break-up, for the Pacific Northwest. There, she meets a doctor in a graveyard – vibes? Not great – and with the discovery of some peculiar old film reels, unfurls an intoxicating story of family and the body. .