Lynne Tillman

Lynne Tillman (born 1947) is a novelist, short story writer, and cultural critic. She is currently Professor/Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English at the University at Albany and teaches at the School of Visual Arts’ Art Criticism and Writing MFA Program.Tillman is the author of five novels, three collections of short stories, one collection of essays, and two other nonfiction books.She was a 2006 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is currently the Fiction Editor at FENCE magazine.


Men and Apparitions

(Tales from the Picture People)



People say, “I got it, I caught that;” but more it is we who are caught by and in life. An image intimates that, not immortality. The advent of photography brough the illusion of the eternal preservation. The Non-Secular hereafter for The Picture People is an image of an image. Ad astera.

Published on the occasion of the 2014 Whitney Biennial


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The Madame Realism Complex


An irreverent and lucid sojourn through the facetious, twisted burps we call sophisticated society, captured by the camera-quick and ruthless eye of the ever-vigilant third person, Madame Realism. Each fiction has a terse analytical agenda, surgically dissecting the mundane, forcing quotidian life off the canvas, out of the museum dioramas and into our laps.

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