Adam Thirlwell


Adam Thirlwell is the author of two novels, Politics and The Escape; a novella, Kapow!; an essay-book, The Delighted States, winner of a Somerset Maugham Award; and a compendium of translations edited for McSweeney’s. He has twice been selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. His new novel, Lurid & Cute, will be published in 2015. He is the recipient of the 2015 E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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  • Devaluing the Dirty War

    July 28, 2015

    Alan Pauls, “one of the best living Latin American writers,” according to Roberto Bolaño, has a new novel out—A History of Money is a desolate, delighted history of our impermanent valuations.

  • Dancing Mrs. Dalloway

    June 10, 2015

    Should a ballet be about something? Wayne McGregor’s new ballet, Woolf Works, offers one way of thinking about this constant conundrum for the art of ballet.

  • Louis CK in Double Vision

    February 18, 2014

    Tomorrow Night represents Louis CK’s provenance. It makes the sofa-bound viewer consider a constant artistic problem: How does a voice become a voice?

  • Serpentine Pavilion 2015

    June 25, 2015 — October 18, 2015

    Every year the Serpentine Gallery commissions a new pavilion for its grounds in Hyde Park. This year They’ve produced a synthetic, multicolored chrysalis, like the wrapper for candies.

  • Agnes Martin

    June 3, 2015 — October 11, 2015

    The first retrospective of Agnes Martin’s work since 1994 is a small revelation of paleness and penciled grids.

  • Isa Genzken: Basic Research Paintings

    July 1, 2015 — September 6, 2015

    Genzken has always had a fractious relationship to history, and to modernism. In her new exhibition at the ICA, you can watch the festive, anguished process of her thinking.

  • Orson Welles: The Great Disruptor

    July 1, 2015 — August 6, 2015

    This two-month season at the British Film Institute brings the rerelease of Touch of Evil, in Walter Murch’s irrefutable re-edit.

  • 'The Corridor / The Cure'

    June 18, 2015 — June 27, 2015

    Harrison Birtwistle made The Corridor, a chamber opera on the theme of Orpheus, in 2009. Now he has added a companion piece, The Cure, on Medea.