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
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
OR author, NYU professor and Strike Debt activist, Andrew Ross discussed debt refusal with Sarah Jaffe, George Caffentzis, Sarah Ludwig, Pamela Brown and Mike Konczal on Wednesday, February 19 at Brecht Forum.
In his new book, Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal, Ross argues that we are living in the cruel grip of a creditocracy—where the finance industry commandeers our elected governments and where the citizenry have to take out loans to meet their basic needs. The time is ripe for a debtors movement to use moral and legal arguments to bring relief to household debtors, and to create an alternative economy, independent of the debt-money system. What can we learn from the history of debt refusal? What are some of the present challenges in organizing around debt? And how might we imagine a debtors movement for the future?
Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal by Andrew Ross is available now: http://www.orbooks.com/catalog/creditocracy/
Andrew Ross is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, and a social activist. A contributor to The Nation, the Village Voice, New York Times, and Artforum, he is the author of many books, including, most recently, Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World's Least Sustainable City and Nice Work if You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times.
Sarah Jaffe is a staff writer at In These Times and the co-host of Dissent magazine's Belabored podcast. Her writings on labor, social movements, gender, media, and student debt have been published in The Atlantic, The Nation, The American Prospect, AlterNet, and many other publications, and she is a regular commentator for radio and television. You can follow her on Twitter @sarahljaffe.
George Caffentzis is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine. He was a founding member of the Midnight Notes Collective and has been working with the Occupy Student Debt Campaign and Strike Debt. He is the author and editor of many books including In Letters of Blood and Fire: Work, Machines, and the Crisis of Capitalism (2013).
Sarah Ludwig is founder and co-director of New Economy Project (formerly known as NEDAP). Since launching the organization in 1995, she has worked with hundreds of grassroots groups to organize and advocate for neighborhood equity and financial justice, and has spoken frequently at community forums and public hearings on a wide range of economic justice matters. In 2000, Sarah co-founded the coalition, New Yorkers for Responsible Lending, which has secured major state-level policy changes and now includes more than 160 organizational members.
Pamela Brown is a columnist for Tidal magazine and an organizer with the People's Investigation of Wall Street. Pam was a founding member of the Occupy Student Debt Campaign and Strike Debt. She has been involved in campaigns and writing projects including the student debt pledge of refusal, the Debt Resistors Operations Manual, the Rolling Jubilee, and Shouldering the Costs. She is currently a doctoral student in Sociology at The New School for Social Research.
Mike Konczal is a fellow with the Roosevelt Institute, where he works on financial reform, unemployment, inequality, and a progressive vision of the economy. His blog, Rortybomb, was named one of the 25 Best Financial Blogs by Time Magazine. His writing has appeared in the Boston Review, The American Prospect, the Washington Monthly, The Nation, Slate and Dissent, and he's appeared on PBS Newshour, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show, CNN, Marketplace and more.
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!
Merrill Leffler speaks about his new book, Mark the Music.
Speaker Biography: Merrill Leffler has published two previous collections of poetry, Partly Pandemonium, Partly Love (Dryad Press, 1982) and Take Hold (Dryad Press, 1997). Originally a physicist-engineer at NASA, he did graduate studies in literature at the University of Maryland and Oxford University, taught literature at the U.S. Naval Academy, and went on to become senior science writer at the University of Maryland Sea Grant Program. The publisher of Dryad Press, Leffler has guest-edited issues of various magazines, among them, "Poet Lore" on Israeli poetry: "The Changing Orders" and "Shirim: The Poetry of Eytan Eytan," which he and Moshe Dor translated from the Hebrew. He is a founder of The Writer's Center (Bethesda, Md.) and currently writes the "Vox Poetica" column for the Voice newspapers in Maryland.
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.
You can find more on Rose's book on Google Books: http://goo.gl/0wa75T
Rose McAleese is a poet and a filmmaker who was born on Halloween night in Seattle, where she was delivered by a doctor in a giant spider costume, which, so far, has pretty much set the tone for the rest of her life. She began writing poetry before she actually knew how to write, filling dozens of notebooks with her indecipherable scrawl. Her penmanship and spelling eventually improved and she was named Individual Youth Slam Poet in 2007 and 2008, and was a member of the Seattle Youth Slam Poetry Team that competed at Brave New Voices National Poetry Slams in 2007, 2008, and 2009. She also competed on the University of Washington poetry team at the 2010 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, where she was nominated Best Female Poet. She was a member of the 2011 Seattle Adult Poetry Slam team and was named "Rookie of the Year," an honor she found both flattering and funny. In 2012 she represented Seattle at the Women of the World Poetry Slam.
McAleese works as a freelance writer, editor and director in her hometown of Seattle. In her spare time, she occupies herself by considering her next move and working on her tan. Neither project seems to be working out as planned.