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Michael Upchurch

Michael Upchurch is the former staff book critic and general arts writer for the Seattle Times. He is the author of the novels Passive Intruder (Norton, 1995)and The Flame Forest (Ballentine, 1989). He has written for the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the American Scholar, and other publications. His short fiction has appeared in the Seattle Review, Conjunctions, and Moss, and his new short story, “Things That Try to Happen,” is forthcoming in the Golden Handcuffs Review


Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer. By Arthur Lubow. Ecco, 2016. 734 p. HB, $35.

Street Casting

Fall 2016 | Criticism

What kind of energy do we get from the streets? What does it give us and how much do we need it? The publication of Arthur Lubow’s biography, Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer, and a national tour of Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, a career retrospective of the artist’s work organized by the Brooklyn Museum in 2015,* highlight how certain artists are able to tap into street energy, and what they extract from it.