Liska, Eric, and Medaya reflect on the many insights Catalina provides for our post-Weinstein Crisis moment. Also, Liska recommends Chris Kraus’s Video Green, reflections on Los Angeles and the art world in the early ‘90s. LARB Radio Hour: Liska Jacobs’s “Catalina”: A Crash and Burn Tale for Our Times; Plus Chris Kraus’s “Video Green”
By LARB AV – November 25, 2017
Author Liska Jacobs joins co-hosts Eric Newman and Medaya Ocher to discuss her heralded first novel Catalina, narrated in vibrant prose by a young woman destined for a fall during an outing with friends to the eponymous island off the coast of Los Angeles. Echoes of Gatsby and Brett Easton Ellis abound — decadence is a blast, but can’t slay demons — but this is very much a tale of our time, as we encounter a woman stranded, her career and identity collapsing following a failed affair with a powerful boss.