Triple Canopy co-hosts the book launch for Joshua Cohen's new quartet of internet-themed fiction. About Four New Messages: A spectacularly talented young writer has returned from the present with Four New Messages, urgent and visionary dispatches that seek to save art, sex, and even alienation from…
Triple Canopy co-hosts the book launch for Joshua Cohen's new quartet of internet-themed fiction.
About Four New Messages:
A spectacularly talented young writer has returned from the present with Four New Messages, urgent and visionary dispatches that seek to save art, sex, and even alienation from corporatism and technology run rampant.
In "Emission," a hapless drug dealer in Princeton is humiliated when a cruel co-ed exposes him exposing himself on a blog gone viral. "McDonald's" tells of a frustrated pharmaceutical copywriter whose imaginative flights fail to bring solace because of a certain word he cannot put down on paper. In "The College Borough," a New York novelist exiled to the Midwest refuses to read his students' stories, asking them instead to build a replica of the Flatiron Building. "Sent" begins mythically in the woods of Russia, but in a few virtuosic pages plunges into the present, where an aspiring journalist finds himself in a village that shelters all the women who've starred in all the internet porn he's ever enjoyed.
Highbrow and low-down, these four intensely felt stories explain what happens when the virtual begins to colonize the real—they harness the torrential power and verbal dexterity that have established Joshua Cohen as one of America's most brilliant younger writers.
Poet Paul Legault and some special guests read from his English-to-English translations of Emily Dickinson’s poems.
In her daring new book, journalist, activist, and feminist Penny brings a broad history of revolutionary thought to bear on gender and power politics in the twenty-first century. Artist and writer Molly Crabapple joins her in conversation. This is an Official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event. …
In her daring new book, journalist, activist, and feminist Penny brings a broad history of revolutionary thought to bear on gender and power politics in the twenty-first century. Artist and writer Molly Crabapple joins her in conversation. This is an Official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event.
About Unspeakable Things:
For all the progress feminism has seen over the last century, the rigid boxes of gender roles remain. They are evidence of how deeply skewed our society is, these permeating and normalized expectations that underlie our actions and subjugate those who try to find love and fulfillment outside the predominately-white, heteronormative dream concept of ‘having it all.’ There is still so much to do. There are things – unspeakable things – that no one wants to talk about. Like the line between love and parenting, and childcare as unpaid labor. Like queer politics and mental health and the dubious grey area of free speech in cyberspace.
Laurie Penny, celebrated journalist, activist, and feminist, uses her own experiences in radical subcultures of America and Britain to inform Unspeakable Things. In this smart, unapologetic, and candidly self-aware discussion on gender and power politics in the twenty-first century, Penny repositions the current dialogue with a call to action for us all to ask better questions and to run, purposefully and unashamedly, towards a revolution.
About the Author and Moderator:
Laurie Penny is a columnist and contributing editor at the New Statesman and editor at large at the New Inquiry, and has written for the Guardian, Salon, the Nation, and others. Her blog, Penny Red, was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2010, and she won the 2012 British Media Award for Twitter Public Personality of the Year; she has 90,000 followers. She is also the author of two previous books, Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism and the collection Penny Red. Laurie lives in London.
Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Called “An emblem of the way art can break out of the gilded gallery” by the New Republic, she has drawn in Guantanamo Bay, Abu Dhabi’s migrant labor camps, and with rebels in Syria. Crabapple is a columnist for VICE, and has written for publications including The New York Times, Paris Review, and Vanity Fair. She was shortlisted for a Frontline Print Journalism Award in 2013. Molly’s illustrated memoir, Drawing Blood, will be published by Harper Collins in 2015. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
As an émigré from Germany in 1930’s Paris, to the streets of mid-century New York, photographer Fred Stein’s camera captured the twentieth century’s great artists and thinkers. His son, NYU professor Peter Stein, and his granddaughter, artist Katherine Freer, join to discuss the legacy of …
As an émigré from Germany in 1930’s Paris, to the streets of mid-century New York, photographer Fred Stein’s camera captured the twentieth century’s great artists and thinkers. His son, NYU professor Peter Stein, and his granddaughter, artist Katherine Freer, join to discuss the legacy of Stein’s work.
About Paris New York:
Fred Stein’s photographs reflect a world seen with poignant clarity. Born in Dresden, Germany in 1909, he became a brilliant law student and fervent anti-Nazi activist. He was forced to flee to Paris in 1933. Living among a circle of expatriate artists and intellectuals, Stein became a photographer. He was a pioneer of the small hand-held camera – the Leica. Its mobility allowed him to range through the streets documenting the life he saw there with ease and naturalness. This new approach also enabled him to make strikingly intimate portraits of the people who shaped the intellectual life of Europe in the 1930’s.
When war was declared, Stein was put in an internment camp for enemy aliens. He managed to escape as the Nazis were entering Paris, and after a harrowing journey, was reunited with his wife and infant daughter in Marseilles, where the three boarded the S.S. Winnipeg, one of the last boats to leave France.
New York in the 1940’s gave him access to the great artists and thinkers who shaped our age; and the freedom and diversity of the New World inspired his reportage as he ranged from Fifth Avenue to Harlem. The historical importance of his work is elevated by the beauty of his art.
“I first met Fred when we were both refugees fighting the totalitarian Nazi regime through the rather poor means we had. In his time he was very much in the avant-garde, a brilliant photographer inspired by his quest for justice and his concern for truth so clearly reflected in his photographs. He truly was a man of vision, and his choice of people and subjects is an obvious proof of it.”
About the Author and Presenters:
Fred Stein (1909, Dresden – 1967, New York) was a master of the art of street photography. His portraits and reportage had appeared in newspapers, magazines, and books throughout the world. He had numerous one-man exhibitions, gave frequent lectures, and had several books published.
Cinematographer and professor at NYU Graduate Film School, Peter Stein’s career has encompassed over fifty award-winning feature films, TV movies, and documentaries. He is a member of the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers, ASC. He manages the archive of his father, the noted photographer Fred Stein, and is currently producing a documentary film about him. He lives in Dutchess County, NY, with his wife Dawn Freer, a film editor.
Katherine Freer is a Brooklyn based multimedia designer. Her work in theater, live performance, film and installations has been featured in venues across the US and around the world. She is a founding member of Imaginary Media Artists (imartists.com). Her background in film and computer science combine to generate work that is not only aesthetically beautiful but pushes the boundaries of conventional theatrical video. She also works with the Fred Stein Archive and is currently editing a feature documentary on her grandfather, Fred Stein.
In this groundbreaking assemblage of interviews, photographs, illustrations and meditations, Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton, and 639 other contributors of diverse backgrounds explore the myriad ways in which women relate to the clothing they wear. Clothing Swap!: Sheila, Heidi, and …
In this groundbreaking assemblage of interviews, photographs, illustrations and meditations, Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton, and 639 other contributors of diverse backgrounds explore the myriad ways in which women relate to the clothing they wear.
Clothing Swap!: Sheila, Heidi, and Leanne invite you to bring up to 5 items of clothing for an on-site swap before and after the book presentation! Any remaining clothes will be donated to a woman’s shelter.
About Women in Clothes:
Women in Clothes is a book unlike any you have seen before. Part personal memoir, part sartorial guide, it incorporates the view from hundreds of women of all nationalities—famous, anonymous, married, single, young, and old—of our clothing, and how the garments we put on each day define and shape us.
It starts with a survey. The editors composed a list of more than fifty questions, all designed to prompt women to think more deeply about their personal style: With whom do you talk about clothes? Did anyone ever say anything to you that made you see yourself differently, on a physical and especially sartorial level? Do you think you have taste or style? Which one is more important? Accompanying these responses are interviews, essays, photographs, and illustrations—contributed by writers, artists, and cognoscenti, including Cindy Sherman, Eileen Myles, Rachel Kushner, Miranda July, and Molly Ringwald—that plumb the aspects of body image and self-esteem, which are so integral to what women wear.
What we choose to put on our bodies may seem simple—but clothing can give us confidence, remind us of childhood, change our mood, act as armor or disguise, or become the tool by which we reinvent ourselves. Women in Clothes is a rich exploration of the power of women’s stylistic choices, lending humor and depth to the attention we pay to clothes.
About the Editors:
Sheila Heti is the author of five books, including the critically acclaimed How Should a Person Be? She writes regularly for the London Review of Books and is an editor and interviewer at The Believer magazine.
Heidi Julavits is the author of four novels, most recently The Vanishers, winner of the PEN/New England Fiction Award. She is a founding editor of The Believer and an associate professor at Columbia University.
Leanne Shapton is a Canadian illustrator, author, and publisher based in New York City. She is the author of Important Artifacts and Swimming Studies, winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography.
In her provocative critical history of public education, Goldstein unpacks the cultural baggage surrounding teaching and looks to where it’s headed in the future. About The Teacher Wars: A brilliant young scholar’s history of 175 years of teaching in America, Dana Goldstein’s The Teacher Wars…
In her provocative critical history of public education, Goldstein unpacks the cultural baggage surrounding teaching and looks to where it’s headed in the future.
About The Teacher Wars:
A brilliant young scholar’s history of 175 years of teaching in America, Dana Goldstein’s The Teacher Wars shows that teachers have always borne the brunt of shifting, often impossible expectations.
In other nations, public schools are one thread in a quilt that includes free universal child care, health care, and job training. Here, schools are the whole cloth. Today we look around the world at countries like Finland and South Korea, whose students consistently outscore Americans on standardized tests, and wonder what we are doing wrong. Dana Goldstein first asks the often-forgotten question: “How did we get here?” She argues that we must take the historical perspective, understanding the political and cultural baggage that is tied to teaching, if we have any hope of positive change. In her lively, character-driven history of public teaching, Goldstein guides us through American education’s many passages, including the feminization of teaching in the 1800s and the fateful growth of unions, and shows that the battles fought over nearly two centuries echo the very dilemmas we cope with today. Goldstein shows that recent innovations like Teach for America, merit pay, and teacher evaluation via student testing are actually as old as public schools themselves. Goldstein argues that long-festering ambivalence about teachers—are they civil servants or academic professionals?—and unrealistic expectations that the schools alone should compensate for poverty’s ills have driven the most ambitious people from becoming teachers and sticking with it. In America’s past, and in local innovations that promote the professionalization of the teaching corps, Goldstein finds answers to an age-old problem.
About the Author:
Dana Goldstein comes from a family of public school teachers. Her journalism on education has been featured in Slate, The Nation, The Daily Beast, and other magazines. In 2010, she was a recipient of the Spencer Fellowship in Education Journalism. She is currently a Schwarz Fellow at the New America Foundation and a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at the Nation Institute. Her social policy blog is danagoldstein.net.
In her sweeping and deeply affecting debut novel, Manko traces a wrongly exiled immigrant’s quest to be reunited with his family. Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie joins her in conversation. Co-hosted by Hip Lit. About The Invention of Exile: Austin Voronkov is many things. He is an engineer, …
In her sweeping and deeply affecting debut novel, Manko traces a wrongly exiled immigrant’s quest to be reunited with his family. Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie joins her in conversation. Co-hosted by Hip Lit.
About The Invention of Exile:
Austin Voronkov is many things. He is an engineer, an inventor, an immigrant from Russia to Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1913, where he gets a job at a rifle factory. At the house where he rents a room, he falls in love with a woman named Julia, who becomes his wife and the mother of his three children. When Austin is wrongly accused of attending anarchist gatherings, his limited grasp of English condemns him to his fate as a deportee, one of thousands under the first wave of the Red Scare. He retreats with his new bride to his home in Russia, where he and his young family become embroiled in the Civil War and must flee once again, to Mexico.
While Julia and the children are eventually able to return to the U.S., Austin becomes indefinitely stranded in Mexico City because of the black mark on his record. He keeps a daily correspondence with Julia, as they each exchange their hopes and fears for the future, and as they struggle to remain a family across a distance of two countries. Austin is determined that his engineering designs will be awarded patents, thereby paving the way for the government to approve his return and award his long sought-after American citizenship. At the same time he becomes convinced that an FBI agent is monitoring his every move, with the intent of blocking any possible return to the United States.
As we wait and hope and fear alongside Austin, The Invention of Exile ruminates on borders both geographical and those between past and present, sanity and madness. The novel is based in part on Manko’s family history and the life of a grandfather she never knew, and she uses this rich background to explore how loss reshapes and transforms lives and families.
About the Author and Moderator:
Vanessa Manko earned her MFA in creative writing from Hunter College. She has taught writing at NYU and SUNY Purchase. An excerpt of her novel was published in Granta’s winter 2012 issue. Originally from Brookfield, Connecticut, she now lives in Brooklyn.
Salman Rushdie, born in Bombay, India, is the acclaimed author of eleven novels, Grimus, Midnight’s Children (“Best of the Booker” award, 2008, for the best novel to have won the prize in its first 40 years), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence and Luka and the Fire of Life—and one book of stories, East, West, as well as four works of nonfiction—including, most recently, Joseph Anton, an autobiographical memoir. His books have been translated into over 40 languages.
Authors Eli Horowitz and Matthew Derby plus special guests Sloane Crosley, Alex Wagner, and Ezster Balint will read from and answer questions about The Silent History, communicating without language, near future dystopian fiction, creating literature from an App, and much more. Wine will be served!…
Authors Eli Horowitz and Matthew Derby plus special guests Sloane Crosley, Alex Wagner, and Ezster Balint will read from and answer questions about The Silent History, communicating without language, near future dystopian fiction, creating literature from an App, and much more. Wine will be served!