Bill also reflects on his conversation a decade ago with Nobel-prize winning novelist Doris Lessing who passed away in London at the age of 94.
When Bill asks Lessing, whose literary career spanned six decades, if she ever stops writing this is how she answered: "No, I'm compulsive and I deeply think that it has to be something very neurotic. And I'm not joking, it has to be. Because if I've finished a book and this wonderful release, which I'm now feeling; it's off, it's in a parcel, it's gone to a publisher. Bliss and happiness. I don't have to do anything, nothing — I can just sit around. But, suddenly it starts, you see. This terrible feeling that I am just wasting my life."
Join us for an evening with the New Yorker's Hilton Als, as he reads from his latest volume, a cultural cross-examination called White Girls. Released by McSweeney's and hailed in a Publishers Weekly starred review as "compassionate," White Girls marks Hilton's first full release in fourteen years.
In accordance with the new volume, Donna Seaman of Booklist calls Hilton "a fine, piercing observer and interpreter, a writer of lashing exactitude and veracity." White Girls includes deft, smart observations on race, gender, and history, and explains a vast categorical concept that Hilton dubs "white girls"... a thread of our cultural past in present that he claims includes the likes of Truman Capote, Malcolm X, and Flannery O'Connor. Hilton has written for the New Yorker since 1989, and became a staff writer in 1994. He's the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, and also contributes to the New York Review of Books.
From Jezebel.com, the popular website for women, comes a must-read encyclopedic guide to pop culture, feminism, fashion, sex, and much more.
Within months of Jezebel's May 2007 appearance on the new media scene, fans of the blog began referring to themselves as ""Jezzies"" in comment threads and organizing reader meet-ups in cities all over the world. By 2008, the devotion of the self-appointed Jezzies reached such a fever pitch that the New York Times ran a feature story about them and parody blogs and copycat websites began popping up right and left.
With contributions from the writers and creatives who give the site its distinctive tone and broad influence, The Book of Jezebel is an encyclopedia of everything important to the modern woman. Running the gamut from Abzug, Bella and The Baby-sitters Club, to Xena, Yogurt, and Zits, and filled with entertaining sidebars and arresting images, this is a must-read for the modern woman.
Join us for an exclusive conversation with acclaimed Robert Stone, author of Death of The Black-Haired Girl, and Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers.
Robert, a winner of the National Book Award and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, returns with Death of The Black-Haired Girl, his first novel in ten years. Death of The Black-Haired Girl traces the story of a cynical professor and his affair with a brilliant, passionate young student. With his signature blend of uncompromising insight and deft characterization, Robert examines the unintended damage people to themselves and each other. Robert will speak about his writing and answer audience questions!
Joining Robert for the evening will be Rachel Kushner, author of this year's widely acclaimed novel The Flamethrowers, heralded by James Wood as "scintillatingly alive." You won't want to miss out on this chat between two contemporary masters of fiction.