Join Hauser & Wirth Publishers and artist Matthew Day Jackson in the Bookshop for the first installment of Artist’s Choice: Fall Book Club, an ongoing series that brings Hauser & Wirth artists, visitors, and book lovers together for intimate discussions on writing and its links with contemporary art. Participants will discuss Jackson’s selection, ‘As I Lay Dying,’ by William Faulkner.
‘As I Lay Dying’ is Faulkner’s seminal and masterful novel, which follows the death of matriarch Addie Bundren and her impoverished family living in rural Mississippi. Originally published in 1930, and written over the course of six weeks, Faulkner’s immersive tale is told in a stream of consciousness, bringing readers on a Southern Gothic journey through death, migration, and burial.
‘Faulkner’s ‘As I Lay Dying’ can be read as a guide for considering the state and perpetuation of masculinity in American culture. In my first reading of this book almost six years ago, I identified strongly with Anse Bundren and his dogged determination, which blinded him to the people and circumstances around him. Using commonly held ideals of masculinity as one way to frame and understand our current political environment is an uncomfortable but necessary practice for this moment in history.’ – Matthew Day Jackson on his selection
‘As I Lay Dying’ is available for purchase at Hauser & Wirth Publishers Bookshop.
Image: Timothy Schenck