Gene Smith’s Sink: A Wide-Angle Viewby: 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.”
"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.
Sam Stephenson is a writer and documentarian that grew up in Washington, North Carolina. In addition to his books, Sam has written for The New York Times, The Paris Review, Tin House, The Believer, among others, and is the founder of Rock Fish Stew. He was 2010 and 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor / Virgil Thomson Prize winner.