Notes on Poetry in the First Year Abroad

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Monday, December 8th, 2014 | 320 views

PHOTO COURTESY ERIK KENNEDY The image  is of a transformer in Heathcote painted by a local artist named Paul Deans with a scene of an early Cantabrian settler (that's the demonym for a person from Christchurch) and some native birds and flora. Get it? A man in a strange new land?

‘Perhaps to be in between two places, to be at home in neither, is the inevitable fallen state, almost as natural as being at home in one place.’ —James Wood

When I was thirteen, in the summer of 1994, the fragments of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 slammed into Jupiter over the course of a week. Like a lot of young anoraks, I was excited by this. A world vastly bigger than my own, subject to forces I could barely comprehend, and then only by comparison with terrestrial examples (x tons of TNT, y number of Hiroshimas): that’s the stuff! I knew that what I was seeing was important for science, but it was not directly relevant. The explosions in the atmosphere of Jupiter were exquisite and amazing, but, importantly, the explosions there had nothing to do with me. I didn’t live there. I could relax as I watched.

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Daphne Merkin Reads The Fame Lunches

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 | 344 views

Daphne Merkin reads The Fame Lunches, a new collection of essays at BookCourt

Daphne Merkin read her latest collection of essays, The Fame Lunches: On Wounded Icons, Money, Sex, the Brontës, and the Importance of Handbags, at BookCourt in Brooklyn. She was joined by Katie Roiphe, a columnist and author, well known for The Morning After: Fear, Sex and Feminism.

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J. Robert Lennon and David Gilbert Read Shorts Stories

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Monday, November 24th, 2014 | 344 views

David Gilbert and J Robert Lennon discuss writing and MFA programs at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn

J. Robert Lennon read from his latest collection of stories, See You In Paradise at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn. He was joined by his friend and former classmate David Gilbert. Gilbert’s novel & Sons was released earlier this year.

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You Should Probably Stay, Because You Never Can Say Goodbye

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014 | 517 views

Sari Botton holds up Never Can Say Goodbye and Goodbye To All That

Last year, New York City’s literary community wondered if the city retained the magic of writerly mythology. For some, the question was never serious. For others, they had already left. The woman responsible for all of this sudden concern with place was Sari Botton, editor of the essay collection Goodbye to All That. Last December, Botton celebrated that book at Housing Works. The book had launched in October, leading to months long contemplation for many writers confronting their own debate as to whether they should stay or go.

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Thomas Page McBee Reads Man Alive Along With Saeed Jones

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Monday, November 17th, 2014 | 628 views

Thomas Page Mcbee and Saeed Jones read from their new books at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn

Thomas Page McBee, a long time columnist at The Rumpus, read from his memoir Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man. He was joined at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn by poet and Buzzfeed editor Saeed Jones, author of the collection Prelude to Bruise.

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Jac Jemc Read A Different Bed Every Time with Sasha Fletcher

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Monday, November 10th, 2014 | 466 views

Jac Jemc reads from her new collection of stories, A Different Bed Every Time, at community bookstore with Sasha fletcher

Jac Jemc read from the collection of very short stories, A Different Bed Every Time at Community Bookstore at an event sponsored by Volume 1 Brooklyn. She was joined by Sasha Fletcher.

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Siri Hustvedt Reads The Blazing World

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014 | 495 views

Siri Hustvedt reads from her novel The Blazing World at McNally Jackson Books in Manhattan

Novelist and scholar Siri Hustvedt celebrated the release of the paperback edition of her novel The Blazing World at McNally Jackson Books. The novel unfolds as a series of documents that slowly reveal the puzzle of the plot.

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David Gordon Reads White Tiger on Snow Mountain with Ed Park

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014 | 784 views

David Gordon reads form his new story collection White Tiger on Snow Mountain with editor Ed Park

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