"The Crick" with Jim Mangan and Judith Freeman

“The Crick” with Jim Mangan and Judith Freeman In-Person

American photographer Jim Mangan began The Crick as a photographic survey of the unorthodox architecture of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) houses in the Utah-Arizona border town of Short Creek. He soon found that the bigger story lay in a group of teenage boys navigating their disintegrating community, fractured after leader Warren Jeffs was imprisoned in 2011. These subjects were children at the time of the fallout, who remained with their families in Short Creek as others elected to leave the town altogether.

The Crick is a meditation on religious succession, patriarchal systems, zealotry and fraternity in the life built by these young men. Mangan’s pictures transport the reader into an alternate reality of the boys’ making: where they explore the rugged terrain of southern Utah, northern Arizona and southern Nevada on horseback, emulating old-time explorers of the Western frontier. His “ecological and sociological approach” to this series, spanning five years, depicts the playfulness of youth against the capricious landscape of the American West. In both their real and imaginary worlds, these subjects have gained a knowledge of and closeness to nature that has largely been lost in the conventions of modern life.

Join us for a conversation with Mangan and writer Judith Freeman, who wrote an original essay for the book. They will be in conversation with Jenny Emery Davidson, The Community Library’s executive director.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Time Zone:
Mountain Time – US & Canada (change)
John A. and Carole O. Moran Lecture Hall
The Community Library
  Lectures & Conversations  

Registration is required. There are 76 seats available.

Judith Freeman is the author of a collection of short stories, Family Attractions, and five novels, including The Chinchilla FarmSet for LifeA Desert of Pure FeelingRed Water, and MacArthur Park. Her non-fiction includes a memoir, The Latter-Days, and a biography of Raymond Chandler, The Long Embrace. She received the Western Heritage Literary Award in 1992, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction in 1996. In 2005, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford, and in 2012 she was awarded the Harry Ransom Center’s Erle Stanley Gardner Fellowship. India Time, an account of a trip to Rajasthan made in 1992 with the photographer Tina Barney, will be published in 2025. Her essays and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and publications, including the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She previously taught at University of Southern California in the Master of Professional Writing Program. She divides her time between rural Idaho and Los Angeles and is married to the photographer/artist Anthony Hernandez.