Interiors: Granta 156
A mixed bag of fiction and non-fiction but enough to entertain and ask questions.
The lead article by Chris Dennis about Ghislaine Maxwell was, for a topical matter, disappointing light on observation. In contrast ‘Stills’ by Robbie Lawrence left me unmoved. And Rushir Joshi drew me in with how he captures the symbolism of Calcutta creeking under the weight of the city and its growing pains.
Photo collections are usually very good or very esoteric. The soft pink light collection by Kaitlin Maxwell featuring her mother were curiously subversive in being normal at first sight but then odd when relooked at. Sometimes revealimng, sometimes sensual, sometimes not.
Checkout 19 by Claire-Louise Bennett was quirky in an overly observational and brain dump sort of way but left me wanting more.
The final piece by Debra Gwartney manages to combine the mundanity of the last days of her husband’s life with an argument, and the horror of an encroaching forest fire. The quote from Barry Lopez’ unpublished essay is poignant – “Today, it’s as if every safe place has melted into the sameness of water, and that we’re searching for the boats we forgot to build.’