John D'Agata and Steve Erickson

John D'Agata and Steve Erickson

President's IDEAS and DIALOGUES Series

“Much of the action in the arts—and of our programming at REDCAT—turns on the meeting of genres and media. On the occasion of his joining CalArts’ MFA Writing Program (which itself is based in the crossing of genre boundaries), John D’Agata, editor of the influential anthology The Next American Essay, talks about the blending and blurring of traditional forms in contemporary writing. Of John’s own essays collected in Halls of Fame, Phil Lopate writes: ‘A maximalist’s intellectual curiosity collides with a minimalist’s austere lyricism to produce results that are novel, intriguing and haunting.’ Joining John for an evening of readings, conversation and boundary crossing is CalArts colleague Steve Erickson. Steve is the author of seven novels, including his latest, Our Ecstatic Days (forthcoming from Simon & Schuster), and editor of a new literary journal, Black Clock, which will be published by CalArts in the spring of 2004. The New York Times Book Review calls Steve ‘one of the fabulous mythmakers who are needed in these times of deprivation of the imagination.’I find that many of the writers who most successfully put our fractured world back together—Irene Fornes and Richard Power, W.G. Sebald and Nadine Gordimer—work in ‘impure forms.’ Steve Erickson and John D’Agata will help us understand why.” —CalArts President Steven Lavine

Add to Calendar 02-10-2004 20:30:00 02-10-2004 22:00:00 6 John D'Agata and Steve Erickson Event link: http://redcat.org/node/2933. Description: “Much of the action in the arts—and of our programming at REDCAT—turns on the meeting of genres and media. On the occasion of his joining CalArts’ MFA Writing Program (which itself is based in the crossing of genre boundaries), John D’Agata, editor of the influential anthology The Next American Essay, talks about the blending and blurring of traditional forms in contemporary writing. Of John’s own essays collected in Halls of Fame, Phil Lopate writes: ‘A maximalist’s intellectual curiosity collides with a minimalist’s austere lyricism to produce results that are novel, intriguing and haunting.’ Joining John for an evening of readings, conversation and boundary crossing is CalArts colleague Steve Erickson. Steve is the author of seven novels, including his latest, Our Ecstatic Days (forthcoming from Simon & Schuster), and editor of a new literary journal, Black Clock, which will be published by CalArts in the spring of 2004. The New York Times Book Review calls Steve ‘one of the fabulous mythmakers who are needed in these times of deprivation of the imagination.’I find that many of the writers who most successfully put our fractured world back together—Irene Fornes and Richard Power, W.G. Sebald and Nadine Gordimer—work in ‘impure forms.’ Steve Erickson and John D’Agata will help us understand why.” —CalArts President Steven Lavine. REDCAT MM-DD-YYYY

 

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Thur 2.10.04 8:30 pm $8 $6 $ Free

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