In this remarkable, inspiring collection of essays, acclaimed writer and critic Olivia Laing makes a brilliant case for why art matters, especially in the turbulent political weather of the twenty-first century.
Funny Weather brings together a career's worth of Laing's writing about art and culture, examining its role in our political and emotional lives. She profiles Jean-Michel Basquiat and Georgia O'Keefe, interviews Hilary Mantel and Ali Smith, writes love letters to David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, and explores loneliness and technology, women and alcohol, sex and the body. With characteristic originality and compassion, she celebrates art as a force of resistance and repair, an antidote to a frightening political time.
Olivia Laing is a widely commended British author. Her works include essays, non-fiction, memoirs, and novels. Her pieces on art and culture have been featured in many publications such as The Guardian, Financial Times and frieze. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction in 2018. Her works include To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface, The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writer and Drinking, among others. Laing beautifully weaves elements of critique, biography, and travel writing throughout her books creating an immersive and unique reading experience for her fans.