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  • MICHAEL WASHBURN + PETER GELFAN

    his event is free to attend. Please RSVP online. Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event. Join us for a double book launch bash! We'll be celebrating the release of Michael Washburn's Uprooted and Peter Gelfan's Monkey Temple. Uprooted by Michael Washburn: Headlines about displacement,…

    his event is free to attend. Please RSVP online. Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.

    Join us for a double book launch bash! We'll be celebrating the release of Michael Washburn's Uprooted and Peter Gelfan's Monkey Temple.

    Uprooted by Michael Washburn: Headlines about displacement, identity, and alienation are in the news every day, but little real insight into these issues is available from Twitter feeds and short news items. The role of a fiction writer at the present juncture is not just to be always observing, as Henry James had it, but also to explore and analyze issues of global concern in all their richness and complexity. Michael Washburn’s tales about the theme of "uprooted-ness" are reflections of our fractured world. They depict the adventures and trials of people unsure of their place in the world and desperate for a sense of belonging. Here are consistently surprising stories of incomparable power.

    Bio - Michael Washburn is a Brooklyn-based writer and journalist. His short stories have appeared in numerous journals and magazines including Green Hills Literary Lantern, Rosebud, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Weird Fiction Review, New Orphic Review, Stand, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Lakeview Journal, Black Fox Literary Magazine, Bryant Literary Journal, Meat for Tea, Marathon Literary Review, Prick of the Spindle, and other publications. Michael is the author of an acclaimed cover story in the Philadelphia City Paper, entitled “Home and Abroad.” He is the author of a previous short fiction collection, Scenes from the Catastrophe (2016).

    Monkey Temple by Peter Gelfan: Monkey Temple is a coming-of-old-age adventure about two longtime best friends and rivals who, determined to “not go gentle into that good night,” set off on a final road trip. Their efforts to face past failures and give meaning to their dwindling futures change their lives forever but not at all as they had envisioned. It’s a buddy story with strong female characters and plenty of dark humor.

    "Peter Gelfan’s Monkey Temple is a rollicking journey down a winding road to a dubious paradise. I took a lot of pleasure in it. So familiar, the riffs and issues and experiences and characters—talkin’ ’bout my generation—and I reveled in so many of the choices the author made in rendering them. Rich in insight and humor, it is, in the end, a story about stories themselves." — Tony Cohan, bestselling author of On Mexican Time

    Bio - Peter Gelfan was born in New York City, grew up in New Haven and the New York City suburbs, and attended Haverford College until he turned on, tuned in, and dropped out. He has traveled widely and lived in Spain, England, Florida, and Vermont. Found Objects, his debut novel, was published in 2013. He co-wrote the screenplay for Cargo, les Hommes Perdus, which was produced and released in France in 2010. He lives in New York City, where he continues to write and work as a freelance book editor.

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  • PANIC

    PANIC With Andrea Long Chu and Jamieson Webster “Panic” is a pervasive, if abused term used to describe our reaction to our contemporary landscape and is affixed to any number of issues: gender identity, border, climate, globalism, Brexit, Trump, and Russia. Our current Age of Anxiety is super …

    PANIC

    With Andrea Long Chu and Jamieson Webster

    “Panic” is a pervasive, if abused term used to describe our reaction to our contemporary landscape and is affixed to any number of issues: gender identity, border, climate, globalism, Brexit, Trump, and Russia. Our current Age of Anxiety is super charged by the 24-7 newstainment cycle, designed to keep us flickering through states of hysteria and scandal, worry and outrage. Is there any relief for this panic? How does this time relate to other periods of collective hysteria?

    Andrea Long Chu

    Writer, designer, doctoral candidate, and sad trans girl in Brooklyn. Chu’s writing has been published by the New York Times, Affidavit, Artforum, Bookforum, and n+1. She also publishes a monthly journal on television called Paper View. Her first book Females will be published by Verso this October.

    Jamieson Webster

    Psychoanalyst and cultural critic based in New York. Weber is the author of The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis (2011) and Conversion Disorder: Listening to the Body in Psychoanalysis (2018); she also co-wrote, with Simon Critchley, Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine (2013). She teaches at the New School and supervises doctoral students in clinical psychology at the City University of New York. She co-writes a regular column for Spike with Alison Gingeras.

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  • CANCELLATION

    With Anna Khachiyan and Natasha Stagg Forget the old style of enforcing political correctness—the new culture of cancellation is socially swift and unilaterally unpredictable. On the one hand, “cancel culture” has been used to swiftly punish perceived criminal behavior; on the flip side, it can …

    With Anna Khachiyan and Natasha Stagg

    Forget the old style of enforcing political correctness—the new culture of cancellation is socially swift and unilaterally unpredictable. On the one hand, “cancel culture” has been used to swiftly punish perceived criminal behavior; on the flip side, it can operate as a means to extinguish nuanced debate and cast out public figures in trials by Twitter. How do we navigate this phenomenon, which some see as inherently undemocratic and anti-nuanced, while others praise as effective in a world in which the law is statistically proven to fail women and people of color? How does cancellation impact revisionist artistic and political histories?

    Anna Khachiyan

    Writer based in New York. Khachiyan is co-host of the podcast Red Scare, and an occasional art critic. She was “cancelled” by Twitter in 2018 due to her polemical commentaries, and is a leading voice on the millennial left.

    Natasha Stagg

    Writer based in New York. Stagg’s work has appeared in Affidavit, Artforum, Bookforum, The Brooklyn Rail, CR Fashion Book, DIS Magazine, n+1, The Paris Review, Spike Art Quarterly, among many other publications. Stagg’s debut novel Surveys was published by Semiotext(e)/Native Agents in 2016, and her book of critical essays, published by Semiotext (e) will be published later this year.

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