My Mother Laughs

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5.6 X 0.6 X 7.5 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Corina Copp is a writer and theater artist based in New York. She is the author of the chapbooks ALL STOCK MUST GO (Shit Valley Verlag, UK), Miracle Mare (Trafficker Press), and Pro Magenta/Be Met (Ugly Duckling Presse), among others. Her writing can be found in Cabinet, BOMB, Boston Review, Corrected Slogans: Reading and Writing Conceptualism (Triple Canopy); SFMOMA's Open Space, and elsewhere. She is developing a three-part play entitled The Whole Tragedy of the Inability to Love, inspired by the successive forms of the work of Marguerite Duras. Excerpts have been presented at the NYC Prelude Festival, Dixon Place, and through the support of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace program. She is a curator at the Segue Foundation and a 2014 NYFA Fellow. THE GREEN RAY (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015) is her first full- length book.


Chantal Akerman's My Mother Laughs is a shattering memoir about her octogenarian mother's final years and an intimate companion piece to her documentary on the same subject, 2015's No Home Movie.--Film Comment
My Mother Laughs [is] a memoir in the form of a poetic musing on the inevitability of death and the difficulty of letting loved ones go.--Alex Greenberger "ARTnews "
My Mother Laughs may be Akerman's most interior, psychological work. It's one final message from the artist, illuminating the mottled effect her mother had on her life and creativity.--Tanner Tafelski "Hyperallegic "
a heart-wrenching read... with Akerman's words transitioning unmarked into those of the other (always female) key figures in the book: her mother, sister, lover.--Daniel Witkin "Brooklyn Rail "
Just as Chantal Akerman's films linger on objects and people, her final book My Mother Laughs (2019) - recently published in the US by The Song Cave - lingers on the daily stresses of caretaking for her dying mother and interpersonal family anxieties.--Steven Zultanski "Frieze "
[My Mother Laughs is] a reminder that Akerman's voice was utterly unique.--Christopher Schobert "The Film Stage "
"My Mother Laughs," the last complete book by the director Chantal Akerman, is full of whats and hows and whys that linger unanswerably in the memory.--Jackson Arn "Forward "