Known for sparkling conversation, provocative novels and essays, and the fame and diversity of her lovers, Madame de Staël was, as Francine du Plessix Gray persuades us in her perceptive biography, “the first modern woman.”
Some years ago, I was dismayed to learn that the words beauty and beautiful had become unfashionable, even suspect, in certain critical and academic circles.
Award-winning authors A.M. Homes and Francine Prose discuss the overlap where memoirs, histories, and novels meet in this conversation presented by BOMB’s Editor-in-Chief Betsy Sussler.
“What is it like to make a painting?” inquires writer Francine Prose. An opaque question laid bare by painter Thomas Nozkowski, who lets us see the machinations of the mystery that can’t be solved.
The title of Lydia Davis’ story collection, Almost No Memory, belies the author’s capacity for nuance and detail. Fellow writer Francine Prose discusses the sensuality of structure and the perfection of shape.
This First Proof contains an excerpt from the novella Guided Tours of Hell.
Francine Prose, author of the novel Hunters and Gatherers, delves into realism and the real act of painting time with figurative painter Catherine Murphy.