Essay published in the Columbia Journal.
In this essay, I propose that memory and the imagination partake of the same mental processes: that they are driven by emotion and often take narrative form.
Published in the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis.
Foreword to “The Snake” (“Ormen”) by Stig Dagerman.
An essay on visual art.
An essay on Giorgio Morandi.
An essay on writer Inger Christensen.
Some people remember their childhoods well. They remember what it felt like to play and pretend. Others don't. Their childish personas have vanished behind clouds of amnesia. Still others, some of whom are artists, continue to play and pretend all their lives.
Determined thereto, perhaps by his father’s ghost,
Permitting nothing to the evening’s edge.
A catalogue essay for Gerhard Richter.
A tiny, slender woman with long hair tied back in a ponytail, regal posture, a shrewd expression and a forceful walk swept through the Pierre Matisse Gallery, an entourage of young men trailing behind her. She was dressed in black, and her presence acted on the room like a bolt of electricity. "Who is that?" I asked my husband. "Louise Bourgeois." "Oh, of course," I answered. A couple of years earlier, in 1982, the Museum of Modern Art had mounted a major show of her work. Curated by Deborah Wye, the exhibition brought the 71-year-old Bourgeois, who had been showing painting and sculpture in New York since the 40s, into the art-world limelight.
“Excursions to the Islands of the Happy Few” (on expert culture) published in Philoctetes.
Published in Conjunctions 41.
An essay on Kiki Smith.
An essay on Duccio di Buoninsegna's “La Vierge et l’Enfant”.