In honor of the release of Confidence, or The Appearance of Confidence: The Best of The Believer Music Interviews, Strand is partnering with The Believer to bring you a series of music themed conversations. To kick off this series is a conversation between musician Laurie Anderson and writer Amanda Stern. Laurie is a world-renowned performance artist, composer, and musician, well known for her pioneering work in electronic music, as well as for her invention of several experimental musical instruments. Besides her solo work, she's also collaborated with many other artists including Peter Gabriel, William S. Burroughs, and Lou Reed.
Joining Laurie for the evening will be Amanda Stern, writer, editor and creator of the acclaimed the "Happy Ending Music and Reading Series," which boasts participation by folks like Moby, A.M. Homes, Amy Hempel, and of course, Laurie. Amanda is the author of the novel The Long Haul and her work appears in places like The New York Times and Filmmaker.
Just as Confidence collects the best conversations with musicians from The Believer—from Jack White on upholstery, to M.I.A. on the internet, to Björk on poetry—this new series will bring you the best in open-ended, lively discussions between contemporary musicians and writers. Join us for this special evening as we kick off the series!
In tribute to Joan Didion's iconic 1967 essay, on leaving New York, "Goodbye to All That," a group of contemporary female essayists have come together to recount their own experiences with the city. The result is an anothology that recounts the lives of the current generations of American writers and their struggles, and sometime failures, to make New York their own.
Editor Sari Botton will be joined by several contributors who will read from their pieces. Readers include Dani Shapiro, author of five novels, including Family History; Emily Gould, co-founder of Emily Books and author of the forthcoming novel, Friendship; and Chloe Caldwell, author of the essay collection Legs Get Led Astray, which came out from Future Tense books in 2012. This event is in tribute to contributor Maggie Estep, who sadly passed away shortly before this event.
4:10 Dani Shapiro
14:50 Emily Gould
21:35 Sari Botton
31:44 Chloe Caldwell reads Maggie Estep
Stephen Wade presents a talk related to the research for his recent book, The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, which takes as its starting point 13 iconic performances captured on Library of Congress field recordings between 1934 and 1942 in locations reaching from Southern Appalachia to the Mississippi Delta and onto the Great Plains. Through decades of research and detective work, musician Stephen Wade tracked down surviving performers and their families, fellow musicians, and community members. Weaving together loving and expert profiles of these performers with the histories of these songs and tunes, Wade brings to life largely unheralded individuals — farm laborers, state prisoners, school children, cowboys, housewives and mothers, loggers and miners — whose music has become part of the wider American musical soundscape. By exploring how these singers and instrumentalists exerted their own creativity on inherited forms, "amplifying tradition's gifts," Wade shows how a single artist can make a difference.
Speaker Biography: Stephen Wade is an American folk musician, writer and researcher. Growing up in Chicago in the 1950s and '60s, Wade was exposed to a number of vernacular musicians who had moved north to the city from the Mississippi Delta and the Southern Appalachians.
Acclaimed novelist Joyce Carol Oates talks with BuzzFeed Books editor Isaac Fitzgerald about her new novel Carthage.
Joyce Carol Oates has been hailed as "one of the great artistic forces of our time," and her prolific literary output has been a major contribution to contemporary literature. She visits Strand in celebration of the release of her latest novel. Carthage examines the effects of a young girl's disappearance on a small town, and the lingering shadows of the violence of war on daily life in America. A frightening and gorgeously imagined story of youthful loneliness and familial disintegration, Carthage is the latest work from one of American's greatest living writers.
Joining Joyce this evening is Isaac Fitzgerald who, in his own words, has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and been given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. He's written for The Bold Italic, McSweeney's, Mother Jones, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He is a co-owner of The Rumpus, co-founder of Pen & Ink, and editor at BuzzFeed Books.
Susan Swimmer, Emily St. John Mandel, Lauren Cerand and Brittney Canty reflect on the life and legacy of Coco Chanel.
Coco Chanel remains, four decades after her death, an iconic figure. Influential far beyond the world of high fashion, her style and iconic sense of design are still recognizable throughout the world. Yet the woman behind the designs is notoriously mysterious and elusive. The Allure of Chanel presents Paul Morand's private conversations with Chanel, revealing with extraordinary intimacy the life of a remarkable woman. In honor of the new edition of the book, we've aseembled a special panel of fashion writers to reflect on the life of Chanel and the revelations of Paul Morand's book. Joining us for the evening will be fashion writer and commentator, Susan Swimmer, editor at More magazine; novelist and essayist, Emily St. John Mandel; culture and fashion writer Lauren Cerand; and moderator Brittney Canty from Pushkin Press.
This updated edition of the book includes illustrious, timeless illustrations by Karl Lagerfeld, head designer and creative director for the Chanel house.
Author Chang-rae Lee talks about his newest novel, ON SUCH A FULL SEA.
Chang-rae Lee is the author of the novels NATIVE SPEAKER, A GESTURE LIFE, and ALOFT, which was a New York Times Bestseller and Notable Book. NATIVE SPEAKER was awarded the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and an ALA Notable Book of the Year Award. A GESTURE LIFE won the Anisfield-Wolf Literary Award, the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, and the NAIBA Book Award for Fiction, and was cited as a Notable Book of Year by the New York Times, Esquire, Publishers Weekly, and the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Lee has also written stories and articles for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Food & Wine, Granta, and many other publications.
His fourth novel, THE SURRENDERED, will be published in March 2010.
Chang-rae Lee was born in Seoul, Korea. He was educated at Phillips Exeter, Yale, and the University of Oregon. He is a professor in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, where he teaches creative writing.
Tuesday, January 7, 2013
S. Stevan Dweck Center