Posts Tagged: keith gessen

Notable NYC: 3/15–3/21

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Saturday 3/15: Josef Kaplan and Ann Hirsch read poetry. Kaplan’s latest book, All Nightmare: Introductions 2011-2012 collects the prefatory remarks written while curating the Segue Series. Hirsch’s Twelve, censored as “crude and objectionable,” is a collection of instant messenger chat room scenes.

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Notable New York, This Week 6/28 – 7/4

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This week Keith Gessen and HFM present “Diary of a Very Bad Year,” Justin Taylor goes guerrilla at the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series, Ed Park, Deb Olin Unferth and Ben Greenman at a “Word for Word” lunchtime event, Paula Abdul is a vampire, Contraband Cinema comes to BAM, Nick Reding on methamphetamine taking over middle-America, Janelle Brown tells us where we live, Yossi Milo exhibits hand-painted photographs from the 19th century and Macy’s presents its annual fireworks show.

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Notable New York, This Week 3/15 – 3/21

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This week in New York Keith Gessen and Elif Batuman talk, Guernica has a reading, Joanna Newsom sings and plays harp, Marcel Dzama appears, talks and signs books, The Moth has a Story Slam, Christopher Walken loses a hand and Zoe Kazan gives him one, and Atlas Obscura presents an international celebration of curious and obscure things.

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Notable New York, This Week 11/9 – 11/15

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This week in New York Ben Marcus and Rivka Galchen at Harper’s Magazine’s The Family Table, Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach talk, Mary Gaitskill, John Turturro, and Eric Bogosian at PEN benefit, Frederick Wiseman’s documentary La Danse, Jeff Lewis and the Wowz!

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Don’t Miss the 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival: Sunday September 13

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Reasons to attend the 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival: 1) it’s one of the most hip, smart and diverse American literary events, 2)  because Ben Marcus, Sarah Manguso, Thurston Moore, Heidi Julavits and Tao Lin are just some of the stars and emerging writers who will be talking/reading, 3) panels will talk about DFW , rappers and upward mobility, among a lot of other great things read and discussed, and 4) because it’s free (though for some events you need to secure tickets in advance).

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Gessen on Sozhenitsyn and Said

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At Bookforum Keith Gessen surveys the struggle for intellectual ownership over Alexandr Solzhenitsyn and Edward Said. “Both wrote famous accusatory tomes…  that, through the sheer accrual of evidence, fundamentally altered the worlds they described.”

A reader writes to criticize Gessen’s article and Gessen responds, “Anyone who emerges from my piece on Edward Said and Alexandr Solzhenitsyn believing that I am hostile toward Solzhenitsyn can only believe that any form of skepticism is an act of outright aggression at their sainted battler against godless Communism—which, incidentally, is also the position of the Solzhenitsyn book I was reviewing.”

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