The Painting and the City

The Painting and the City What is the secret contained in Philip Schuyler s painting Who was the woman he depicted the innocent woman and her dark stalker The Kreunen sisters know but they must re bury the past And Jacob Ler

What is the secret contained in Philip Schuyler s painting Who was the woman he depicted, the innocent woman and her dark stalker The Kreunen sisters know, but they must re bury the past And Jacob Lerner, artist flailing in a sea of commerce, can only press forward, explore his own art and the mystery of Schuyler s painting, aided and manipulated by an animate marionettWhat is the secret contained in Philip Schuyler s painting Who was the woman he depicted, the innocent woman and her dark stalker The Kreunen sisters know, but they must re bury the past And Jacob Lerner, artist flailing in a sea of commerce, can only press forward, explore his own art and the mystery of Schuyler s painting, aided and manipulated by an animate marionette of rosy glassManhattan, summer, in the rosy dawn of the 21st century, the sculptor Jacob Lerner sees a painting at a friend s apartment and is drawn into an obsessive search for traces of its long dead painter, fictional 19th century artist Philip Schuyler, and his subject, a woman called Madame Burgundy The search leads to the remains of a once powerful but still wealthy Dutch American secret society, and carries Lerner through real and surreal Manhattan streets, buildings, and countryside Finding Schuyler s journal draws Lerner in deeper Finding the dapper marionette makes it impossible for Lerner to escape.The Painting and the City tells a story of art and its conflict with commerce, the way art can literally reshape the world, and the consequences of such a reshaping.

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The Painting and the City

  1. For some writers, prose is a means of constructing an analogue of reality For Robert Freeman Wexler, fiction is a means of de constructing reality Yet his stories have such a strong sense of linguistic integrity, it s hard to believe that he isn t reporting his experiences from a parallel universe His fiction inhabits the place where the real world turns into oatmeal, where unexpected juxtapositions cause uncontrollable anxiety.His books include novella, IN SPRINGDALE TOWN, from 2003, which was reprinted in THE BEST SHORT NOVELS OF 2004 Science Fiction Book Club and again in MODERN GREATS OF SCIENCE FICTION iBooks First novel, CIRCUS OF THE GRAND DESIGN, came out in 2004, and his new novel, THE PAINTING AND THE CITY is due out in early 2009 His short stories have been published in a variety of venues, including THE JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL FICTION, LADY CHURCHILL S ROSEBUD WRISTLET, THE THIRD ALTERNATIVE, and the POLYPHONY anthology series.His latest publication is the mini collection, PSYCHOLOGICAL METHODS TO SELL SHOULD BE DESTROYED, which includes five previously published stories and one that appears in print for the first time.

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  1. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted here illegally For those who don t know, the last ten years have seen the emergence of a brand new subgenre in the arts, ironically enough inspired by and named after a now dead genre over a century old it s called the New Weird, and as explained by one of its biggest champions, genre expert Jeff VanderMeer, it s essentially [...]


  2. I don t know that I really qualify as among those who would most likely enjoy and get something out of this work but it sounds like a fascinating journey that I can anticipate and maybe maybe one day experience.


  3. Apparently genre eclipsing, decadently written, and set in a past future New York Jason always knows what s up



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