The Paris Review – Venice Dispatch: from the Biennale

Jacqueline Humphries, omega 🙂 2022 (detail). Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York. Photograph by Ron Amstutz. My mother is a Renaissance historian who specializes in Venice and paintings of breastfeeding; her books and articles have subtitles like “Queer Lactations in Early Modern Visual Culture” and “Squeezing, Squirting, Spilling Milk.” I have an … Read more

“Shouldn’t Life Resolve?”: On Ange Mlinko’s “Venice”

“SHOULD WE HAVE stayed at home and thought of here?” This isn’t Ange Mlinko, though it might be. This is Elizabeth Bishop. The distinctions between “home” and “here” were murky for the peripatetic bishop. Nova Scotia, Massachusetts, New York, Key West, Brazil — “home” was never a fixed place; it was a word without a … Read more