In this remarkable new collection of essays, writer and critic Olivia Laing brings together a career’s worth of writing about why art – paintings, books, music – really matters. From To the River to The Lonely City, all of Laing’s books have been about the role of art in real lives: how it can help make sense of difficult personal circumstance or show the truth about cruel or unjust political situations.
Funny Weather shows the development of her passions, from the artists and writers who have inspired her to the column ‘Funny Weather’ that she writes for Frieze, where she grapples with the political changes of the last three years.
In this frightening political moment, in which the humanities are being dangerously undervalued, we’re often told that art can’t really change anything. Laing argues that it can. It changes how we see the world. It makes plain inequalities, and it suggests fertile new ways of living.