Laura Gonzalez


22 Nov 2016

Today will be different by Maria Semple**


Reading dates: 07 – 18 November 2016

I was so looking forward to this book. I loved Maria Semple’s previous one and I think there are not enough comic writers around. I still like her style and rhythm very much but this book does not cut it. For me, it is not what everyone says about the similarities (parallels in fact) between Today Will be Different and Where’d You Go, Bernadette?. The book starts ok, a bit predictable, but soon enough I got into its spiralling, hysterical whirlwind. It became very interesting narratively. The resolution is appalling, though, an absolute cope out, nothing given. Here’s a potentially brilliant book that feels like it has come up against a deadline so it is finished quickly and negligently. That, I cannot forgive. I don’t think a writer should tell a story that they cannot finish.

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About Me

I am an artist and writer. My recent practice performance, film, dance, photography and text, and my work has been performed, exhibited and published in many venues in Europe and the US. I have spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When I am not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with my camera or creating performance works as part of my Athenaeum Research Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I teach postgraduate students at Transart Institute.

I am currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric. In 2013, together with Child and Adolescent Mental Health practitioner Frances Davies, I co-edited the book ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’, to which I contributed a work authored with Eleanor Bowen. My book ‘Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces’ was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016. In this text, investigates psychoanalytic approaches to making and understanding objects of seduction, including an examination of parallels between artistic and analytic practices, a study of Manolo Blahnik’s shoes as objects of desire, a disturbing encounter with Marcel Duchamp’s last work, and the creation of a psychoanalytically inspired Discourse of the Artefact, a framework enabling the circulation of questions and answers through a relational approach to artworks.