Secrets of the ‘Black Rimbaud’

Mohamed Mbougar Sarr’s novel La plus secrete mémoire des hommes was a favorite of last year’s rentrée littéraire and won the Prix Goncourt, making Mbougar Sarr the first Senegalese Goncourt laureate. The prize was awarded in the heated run-up to the French presidential elections, during which the far-right candidate Eric Zemmour declared that, if elected, … Read more

“The Word ‘Future’ Wasn’t Part of My Vocabulary”: On Cookie Mueller’s “Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black: Collected Stories”

JULY 25, 2022 IN AUTUMN 1967, The Doors played a concert at the Berkeley Community Theatre. The crowd was fast and heavy. Among the motley crew of hippies, washouts, and junkies was the visionary artist Cookie Mueller. Having fled the suburbs of Baltimore, Cookie stood in the back, bright-eyed, cradling an empty beer can. Her … Read more