What We Lose in Flowers by Bill Powers
Published by Karma (2012)
The short story by Bill Powers is distinguished by its title, which rhymes with the author’s name and also by its cover, which was designed by Richard Prince and features black-and-white soft-core porn. The novella tells the story of a Peter Beard-Julian Schnabel-esque artist in a deteriorating relationship with a younger woman who used to date his son. The book opens with a epigraph from John Currin, “Culture is for old people. When you’re young you have your body, and that’s all you need,” and is dedicated to the recently deceased John McWhinnie, who introduced Richard Prince and Bill Powers.