Monthly Archives: September 2010

Out and About: All Smiles

The talented (and adorable) Emma Rathbone signing copies of her book at BookCourt.

Out and About

Joshua Ferris launches his tour for the paperback edition of “The Unnamed” at the Strand. Future dates as follows: 09/23/2010 Philadelphia, PA Borders, 1 S. Broad Street, 6pm 09/25/2010 Milwaukee, WI Boswell Book Company, 2559 North Downer Avenue, 2pm 09/26/2010 Minneapolis, MN Magers and Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S, 4pm 09/27/2010 Tulsa, OK McBirney Mansion, […]

Five Paintings in Edinburgh That Might Make Ian Rankin Pull Off a Heist

Alexander Moffat’s Poets’ Pub at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery Moffat imagines a night in one of Edinburgh’s many pubs, focusing on the real-life authors who made such places their temporary homes.  This painting stands as a memorial to several famous Scottish writers of the twentieth century, some of whom I was fortunate enough to […]

Five Paintings in Edinburgh That Might Make Ian Rankin Pull Off a Heist

R.  B. Kitaj’s If Not, Not at the National Scottish Gallery of Modern Art The first time I ever visited this gallery, back in teenage years, I was struck by this painting above all the others.  Kitaj, a twentieth-century British painter, presents us with something that resembles a busy frame from a comic book, combined […]

Five Paintings in Edinburgh That Might Make Ian Rankin Pull Off a Heist

Alison Watt’s Still at Old St. Paul’s Church This is an extraordinary contemporary painting.  Watt, resident in Edinburgh, made an early name for herself through her portraits, but grew more interested in textiles and began to paint—with wonderful verisimilitude—the folds in pieces of (predominantly white) cloth.  These luminous paintings are full of mystery and wonder.  […]

Five Paintings in Edinburgh That Might Make Ian Rankin Pull Off a Heist

Francis Bacon’s Figure: Study One at the National Scottish Gallery of Modern Art. Bacon is my favorite artist.  As a student, I once took an overnight coach to London (the cheapest method of travel) so I could attend one of his exhibitions.  This is one of his earliest surviving paintings (he destroyed much of his […]

Five Paintings in Edinburgh That Might Make Ian Rankin Pull Off a Heist

Ian Rankin’s “Doors Open” is about three friends who “liberate” artwork from the National Gallery in Scotland.  To celebrate the publication of the paperback, we asked the author to tell us about the five paintings that might inspire him to make a similar move.  Check back each day this week for additional entries. Diego Velázquex’s […]