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  • Art in an Emergency
  • By: Olivia Laing
  • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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Funny Weather

By: Olivia Laing
Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
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Summary

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 21st 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.We’re often told art can’t change anything. Laing argues that it can. It changes how we see the world. It makes plain inequalities and it offers fertile new ways of living.

©2019 Olivia Laing (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic reviews

"The book to help you make sense of the world." (Stylist)

"A brave writer whose books open up fundamental questions about life and art." (Telegraph)

"A warm, thinking, enticing sweep of a book, like spending the afternoon with your brainiest friend." (Kate Mosse, author of The Burning Chambers)

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A wonderful inspiring hopeful read

Brilliantly written! This is a thoughtful and inspiring look in to the importance of art. Exploring the bravery of it and its power to change and mark the world. I can’t recommend it enough.

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Ok...

Lmao there was no need for the narrator to attempt so many accents throughout 😹 why

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Richly Visual, good for an Art nerd

Inspiring, melancholic, deeply and richly visual. Great book for an art fanatic and a melancholic introvert like myself.

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Wonderful book, however…

The ridiculous accents used by the narrator for quotations are definitely embarrassing and possibly unacceptable.

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Great and timely book, badly read

The accents that Aldred adopts are distractingly poor when they aren’t completely risible. Laing’s thought and writing is thankfully gripping enough to rise above it.