Pop Song: Adventures in Art and Intimacy

Larissa Pham

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd

Published: 8th Jul '21


An inventive, exquisite memoir-in-essays by a blazing new talent.

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SKU: 9781788168021

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Shortlisted for the 2022 National Book Critics’ Circle John Leonard Prize for best first book ‘…I don’t know what comes after, once I decide to let desire have its way with me. How to un-melt the melted? How to turn the ground powder back into a person? This idea points to a knowledge that I don’t have: how to love without losing the self.’ Plumbing the well of culture for clues about love and loss – from Agnes Martin’s abstract paintings to Anne Carson’s Eros the Bittersweet to Frank Ocean’s Blonde – this brilliant work of debut nonfiction explores the state of falling in love, whether with a painting or a person. Pham creates a perfectly fractured portrait of modern intimacy, triumphant in its vulnerability and restlessness. Pop Song is a book about distances: the miles we travel to get away from ourselves, or those who hurt us, and the impossible gaps that can exist between two people sharing a bed. Here is a map to all the routes by which we might escape our own needs before finally finding a way home.

Additional information

Weight 0.412 kg
Dimensions 28 × 138 × 204 mm
Page Count 288