Gene Smith’s Sink: A Wide-Angle View by: Sam Stephenson “Gene Smith's Sink is a strange and compelling book. Sam Stephenson drops matters large and small (bombs, sometimes) at the reader’s feet and then moves on. The fact that he clearly had material for a 1200-page doorstop and whittled it down to 200 is jaw-dropping, and weirdly appropriate. The result is like assembling an idea of a personality from an array of miscellaneous objects in a suitcase, and that may be the only way to access Smith.” -Lucy Sante More
"Stephenson's book is the result of, and an artifact of, lyric research: It's a sort of wandering and associative research, and in this way has as much to do with poetry as it does “documentary” or “nonfiction.” "
  • – Ross Gay, poet, 2015 winner National Book Critics Circle Award.
About author
Sam Stephenson

Sam Stephenson is a writer who grew up in Washington, North Carolina. He was 2010 and 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor / Virgil Thomson Prize winner and a 2019-2020 Guggenheim Fellow in General Nonfiction.  His books have been published by W.W. Norton, Alfred A. Knopf, and Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

The Jazz Loft Project

Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957 – 1965

Published by Alfred A. Knopf