It's the 2023 ToB presented by Field Notes!
Welcome to the 2023 Tournament of Books presented by Field Notes. And look, a brand new website! It’s time to Rooster!
TMN editor Nozlee Samadzadeh is the internet’s only “Nozlee.” She grew up in Oklahoma, loves airports even when they’re miserable, and cooks dinner from scratch every day.
Flash fiction—prairie-style—from novelists Jonathan Lethem and Aimee Bender, plus an interview with Jeff Martin, editor of the new collection Imaginary Oklahoma.
Inspired by Old Master still lifes, Paulette Tavormina’s photographs lie in an uncanny valley of beauty—dew-dappled flowers combined with jumping goldfish.
Exploring the appeal of “show caves” around the world, from their breathtaking natural beauty to the variety of tourist grotesqueries.
Portraits of leisure time and permanent parties in “the strange emptiness” of a Czech reservoir, close to the Austrian border.
Thirteen “liberated, assertive, ferocious” takes on Da Vinci’s famous painting show us the Mona Lisa as never before seen.
Ben Weiner’s paint-splattered palette isn’t just a tool, it’s the basis of his work: landscapes that magnify globs of oil paint a thousandfold and videos that turn the process of mixing paint into a slow ballet.
To the uninitiated, they’re just paintings of ships on the ocean. Curator Joe Vallejo explains what makes the tradition of marine art romantic, enigmatic, celebratory.
In a meta-exploration of the “struggling artist” myth, Joe Fig paints portraits of artists—Basquiat, Rembrandt, Kahlo—as portrayed in classic films.
Glossy paintings of young women in Iran inspired by Playboy magazines the artist found in her father’s closet
Imagine the people you see on your morning commute—sleepy, bored, stoic. Now picture them jammed together in the bed of a truck, speeding down the highway to work. Photographs of Mexico’s hidden (literally) class of workers.
When the annual trip home becomes a customer-service visit to “fix the internet,” sometimes even bourbon can’t save the day. We gathered a half-dozen of our favorite tech writers and editors to help anticipate the headaches of 2011.
There’s something subversive about Marc Dennis’s new paintings, and it’s not just all the guns and kittens.