Pop Song: Adventures in Art & Intimacy


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About the Author

Larissa Pham is an artist and writer in Brooklyn. Born in Portland, Oregon, she studied painting and art history at Yale University. She has written essays and criticism for the Paris Review Daily, The Nation, Art in America, Guernica, and elsewhere. She was an inaugural Yi Dae Up fellowship recipient from the Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat. She is also the author of Fantasian, a novella.


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Larissa Pham combines the thrilling and agonized travails of her young narrator with the lucid and steady eye of a born critic. The combination is a compelling portrait of one artist's development through the mirrors of her (and many of my) favorite artists. Pop Song is a bold and promising debut. --Melissa Febos

Artist and lit world phenom Larissa Pham's debut essay collection is like a literary mixtape, which makes its title all the more apt. In her pieces about travel, sex, loss, and inner work, Pham builds a magpie-like nest out of cultural references . . . a volume that feels comfortingly worn-in and relatably restless. --Keely Weiss, Harper's Bazaar

A stunning, vulnerable memoir-in-essays . . . a nuanced story about the nonlinear process of overcoming heartbreak and letting go. --Lydia Wang, BUST

The essays in this tender book balance artistic, academic engagement with personal narrative . . . This book offers a warm and expansive portrait of a woman's mind that feels at once singular and universal. --Annie Diamond, BuzzFeed

There are a few different ways to experience transcendence in this life, and, in her debut book, Larissa Pham explores them all, from love to sex to art, never afraid to get up close and personal with the sublime. Pham's memoir-in-essays follows her as she finds escape in things and people and places; becomes obsessed, infatuated, in love; and figures out that her intense feelings surrounding books and albums and people were all related to her own journey toward accepting herself as being just as worthy of love--just as transcendent--as all of the many beautiful, wondrous things around her. --Kristin Iversen, Refinery29, One of the Best New Books of the Year

A tender heartache of a book, this memoir will make you feel seen in all the right ways. --K.W. Colyard, Bustle

"[Pop Song] tweezes from pop-culture ephemera--transcendent pieces of art from James Turrell's light sculptures to Frank Ocean's album Blond--to draw connections to distance and intimacy in travel, love, and loss . . . A smart book." --Thrillist

In a manner reminiscent of contemporaries Leslie Jamison and Jia Tolentino, Pham seamlessly blends the personal and the cultural, the confessional and the critical, the cerebral and the sentimental, to create an exciting and imaginative memoir. A vital playlist that hits all the right notes; readers will reach the end ready to hit repeat. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

I would follow Larissa Pham's mind anywhere, and Pop Song takes me everywhere I didn't realize I was longing to go: inside an aching exploration of the intangibility of the sky, to the suffocating boundaries of a crush that is violent in its capture, to art criticism from which a blazing self-portrait emerges. I am absolutely in love. You will be, too. --Kristen Radtke

Generous, insightful, and piercingly honest, Larissa Pham's writing evokes a luminous and intricate closeness, the intimacy of an old friend or a new lover. Pop Song brings new light to the hidden contours of the heart, revealing new mystery and complexity right beneath life's glossy surface. --Alexandra Kleeman