Caught by the River


11th October 2017

After something to read, watch, or listen to? Look no further than our latest round-up of tasty titbits

Sam Shepard and Patti Smith at the Hotel Chelsea in 1971.Photograph by David Gahr/Getty

My Buddy: Patti Smith remembers her friend Sam Shepard, following his death in July this year. ‘The rain fell, obscuring tears. I knew that I would see Sam again somewhere in the landscape of dream, but at that moment I imagined I was back in Kentucky, with the rolling fields and the creek that widens into a small river.’

Whilst we’re on the theme of remembrance, Richard Williams pays tribute to Glen Campbell – and draws attention to a little-known musical gem in the process.

Max Porter accompanies his brother to therapy, as documented for Granta: ‘We were like two sweaty businessmen playing squash, thrilled at the release of pent-up energy. We smashed stuff back and forth and it felt almost ecstatic, this exchange of difficult truths, this almost theatrical display of complex brotherly stuff, all for our audience of one’.

In the latest episode of their monthly NTS radio show, Literary Friction, Carrie Plitt and Octavia Bright talk literature and the working class, with reference to Know Your Place, a new book of essays on the subject. With guests Kit de Waal, Nathan Connolly, and Abondance Matanda. Listen back via the Literary Friction podcast. (The older episodes are well worth a listen too).

Where art meets nature: over on the Rucksack Magazine site, Anna Souter considers how the exploration of landscape by female artists in recent years has affected their artistic practice.

Issue 9 of the fantastic Zoomorphic Magazine has launched online.

BBC 4 celebrates ‘Cornwall’s native poet’, Charles Causley.

Anne Giddings introduces her ongoing photographic project ‘Western Edge’, which looks at the area just to the west of the Black Country. ‘The Black Country was so called because of the heavy industries concentrated in the area. The area to its west is designated as greenbelt in order to preserve it as ‘the playground of the Black Country’ and to prevent the encroachment of urban sprawl. This regulated space acts as a buffer between the city and the more distant countryside.’

A Love Affair with a Tree: Joy Horowitz on what one red oak can teach us about climate change, for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

The warmth, soul and gentle humour of Frank Cottrell Boyce, talking about his Dad with Ted Kessler at this year’s Good Life Experience (tangible in these photos).

Photo by @danno_vision

Make sure you get yourself to Andy and Peter Holden‘s Natural Selection, on at the Former Newington Library, London SE17, before it closes on 5 November.

Arthur Jafa’s incredible 2016 film Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death, is to be exhibited at Store Studios, The Strand, until 10 December. Catch it while you can.

And last but not least, wrap your eyes and ears around THIS: