Lynne Tillman writes novels, short stories, and essays. Her five novels include HAUNTED HOUSES; MOTION SICKNESS; CAST IN DOUBT; NO LEASE ON LIFE, Finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award (1998), and AMERICAN GENIUS, A COMEDY (2006), which The Millions cited as "one of the best books of the millennium so far.” Her story collections are: ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART (1990); THE MADAME REALISM COMPLEX (1992); THIS IS NOT IT (2002); and SOMEDAY THIS WILL BE FUNNY (2011).
Tillman’s books of nonfiction and essays are: THE BROAD PICTURE (essays, 1997); THE VELVET YEARS: WARHOL’S FACTORY 1965-67, with Stephen Shore’s Factory photographs (1995); BOOKSTORE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JEANNETTE WATSON AND BOOKS & CO. (1998), and, most recently, Tillman’s second book of essays WHAT WOULD LYNNE TILLMAN DO? a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism (2014).
Tillman’s essays and stories frequently appear in artists’ books and museum catalogues, including ones on Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger, Roni Horn, Joan Jonas, David Wojnarowicz and Cindy Sherman. Her purview is broad, and she has written, for example, on Gertrude Stein’s work for The NY Times Book Review; John Waters’ Role Models for Artforum, and “OJ: The Trial of the Century,” for Bookforum.
Recently, Tillman wrote “Still Moving,” a story for Justine Kurland’s upcoming Aperture monograph, HIGHWAY KIND; an essay about Carroll Dunham’s paintings, “The Horse’s Eye,” in a book from the Gladstone Gallery (2016), and an essay on Raymond Pettibon’s work, “Playing Both Sides,” which will be published in the New Museum catalogue for Pettibon’s first New York retrospective in February 2017.
Tillman writes a bi-monthly column, “In These Intemperate Times,” for Frieze art magazine; received a Guggenheim Fellowship (2006), and a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation grant for arts writing in 2014. Her latest collection of stories, THE COMPLETE MADAME REALISM and OTHER STORIES, will be published by Semiotext(e) in Fall 2016. She recently completed her sixth novel, MEN AND APPARITIONS.
"Tillman’s gorgeous and potent latest finds the innovative author embracing diverse, imaginative forms in these often brief but always intriguing tales"—Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"Gorgeously at ease and technically virtuosic...Tillman is simply a terrific prose stylist whose work should have wide appeal"—New York Times Book Review
"Clever intricate fictions that map both the complication and comedy of the moments that most writers miss"—Times Literary Supplement